CEAGo News September 8, 2017

BUDGET VOTE SEPT. 14

Legislators may vote on a new state budget on September 14. Governor Malloy today unveiled a new budget plan that lessens school funding cuts but also imposes new cuts on cities and towns that will impact school budgets.

Read Sheila Cohen’s statement.

Read article.

GROUPS PLAN “MORTAL BLOW” TO UNIONS

Right-wing groups in all 50 states, including Connecticut, are planning to “defund and defang unions.” Read the shocking manifesto outlining how these groups, with millions at their disposal, plan to deal a “mortal blow” to unions.


shiny apple to the All Hands on Deck Coalition for encouraging legislators to fully fund education and examine tax proposals to balance the budget.


rotten apple to the Trump Administration for ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, hurting nearly a million “Dreamers.”

WHAT’S HAPPENING?

Attend a county forum near you and learn what’s happening at the State Capitol and at the federal level and how it will impact you and your classroom. Click here for a list of County Forum dates in your area. Attend a meeting. Learn about your union and get involved.


QUALITY PD IS JUST A CALL OR CLICK AWAY

Are you tired of the same old, boring PD? Get the PD you need, developed and customized by educators, for educators. Contact CEA’s Professional Learning Academy for a complete list of high-quality professional learning opportunities.

CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS

Urge legislators to pass a budget before the Oct. 1 deadline to avoid the implementation of Governor Malloy’s draconian cuts, which would strip $557 million in education funding in 139 districts.

Contact your legislators. Urge them to pass a state budget as soon as possible that:

  1. Protects local school budgets and the education of all children
  2. Maintains critical services for families and communities
  3. Provides for a reliable revenue stream to cure the state’s chronic underfunding of public schools


TEACHERS LEND A HELPING HAND

Connecticut teachers are helping fellow educators in Texas and Louisiana affected by the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey. Click here to find out how you can help your colleagues both financially and emotionally, as they being the slow process of rebuilding their lives.

Free resources are available to help you explain the disaster and answer your students’ questions. Click here for information.

REFRESH YOUR BACK-TO-SCHOOL WARDROBE AT CLINTON CROSSING OR TANGER OUTLETS

CEA members get a free coupon booklet. Details at cea.org/mb.


PLANNING A FIELD TRIP TO MYSTIC SEAPORT THIS YEAR?

Check it out before you go. CEA members get a complimentary anytime pass! Details at cea.org/mb.

 

Author: Nancy Sasso Janis

Nancy Sasso Janis currently is a first grade teacher at Andrew Avenue Elementary School. She has been teaching first grade and kindergarten in the district for thirty years.