Message from CEA President Sheila Cohen

Sent on Behalf of CEA President Sheila Cohen

Thank you for what you do each and every day. You do indeed make a difference in the lives of your students

American Education Week

This month we celebrate American Education Week, a recognition of all that is outstanding about public education in America and in Connecticut.  American Education Week honors excellent teaching and learning. Each day our students come to us with a wealth of experiences and an enthusiasm for learning.

This week, as parents visit our classrooms, I know they will observe highly dedicated, caring teachers who make meaningful connections between the wealth of experience their students bring, their enthusiasm for exploring new information and ideas, and the lessons taking place in the classroom.

In Connecticut, every week should be Education Week; we always have cause for celebration. Our state is home to great public schools. Students, parents, staff, and community members work together and share responsibility for the success of our students. We all celebrate and take pride in their accomplishments – because their success is our success.

I once heard a teacher say, “Teaching is not what I do.  It is who I am.”  This statement has had a profound effect on me and I believe it speaks directly to all of us. Teaching is not what we do, it is who we are. We will never be “just teachers”.

We are professionals who understand the art of teaching. We are changers of lives. We are influential role models and sources of inspiration to our students. We are trusted guides, leading our students into uncharted territories to explore. We are the vessels of knowledge who care about the wholeness of every student in our care. We are the experts who should be instrumental in determining the art of teaching. And we touch the hearts as well as the minds of the future generation of Americans.

Be proud today and always – because we are the teachers.

CEAGo for November 8, 2017


Thanks to the advocacy and outreach of CEA teachers across the state, our battle for a fair state budget succeeded in preserving the critical funding needed for public schools and our students, instead of increasing class sizes, eliminating programs, and cutting teaching positions.

Read more on the budget.

See how your town fares under this new plan.


Have you seen CEA’s latest TV ad? It depicts a teacher interacting with students and flashes forward to the adults these students will become, thanks to educators who recognized and nurtured their potential.

Watch the ad at


The new state budget restores critical ECS funding to education. Read CEA news release.


You can make a huge difference in the life of a child this holiday season by becoming a Holiday Bear sponsor. Click here for all the information.

Watch how an entire classroom got involved.

shiny apple to the thousands of teachers who stood up and spoke out against legislative proposals that would hurt their students and their profession.

rotten apple to the GOP members of Congress whose tax plan eliminates the teacher tax deduction for out-of-pocket classroom expenses.

Watch the shocking Q&A regarding the GOP tax plan.

GOP Tax Plan Ends Deductions For Teachers Buying School Supplies.


Get Thanksgiving staples and all the fixings for less at BJ’s Wholesale Club. CEA members pay only $35 for a $50 membership. Visit


CEA members pay only $12 admission (normally $19) to the Mark Twain House & Museum. Details at


Message From CEA About CT Budget

CEA’s fight for a fair budget that invests in public education has ended in the legislature with a bipartisan agreement that does not substantially cut ECS funding or shift the cost of teacher retirement onto cities and towns. Under this budget, education funding for the state’s poorest districts would not be cut, and the remaining 139 school districts would lose five percent of funding. Next year, some of the funding is restored under an updated distribution formula. Click here to see how your district fares under this budget.

While we do not agree with everything in the budget, we do appreciate the effort of legislators to protect education funding for our students and schools and to solve the budget impasse. This agreement restores much-needed funding to our school districts, preventing teacher layoffs as well as cuts to programs and resources that would have led to larger class sizes and fewer opportunities for our students.

Thank you to the many thousands of you who contacted your legislators. Many of you received responses from your legislators telling you that CEA was misleading you. Armed with the facts, you fought back and set the record straight. You urged them to invest in public education—and together our voices were heard.

We are dismayed, however, that after receiving tens of thousands of emails and calls from teachers, legislators still voted to increase the payroll tax on teachers. While we appreciate the fact that legislators reduced the two-percent increase in the teacher tax down to one percent, this increase does not strengthen the teacher retirement fund—it simply allows the state to reduce its share and pocket the $38 million in new tax dollars paid by teachers. This is wrong because teachers have reliably contributed their fair share every year.

These 117 days without a budget have been extremely tough and anxious for all of us, but especially for our students, our schools, and our teachers—who were targeted with a variety of cuts to close the state budget shortfall. We all recognize the challenges facing the state and the tough decisions that must be made, and going forward we encourage legislators to not shortchange students, their futures, and the future of our state.

Thank you for your advocacy. We made a difference, and we will continue to be stronger together.

Benefits Fair/Flu Shot Clinic Raffle Winners Announced

Thank you to everyone who came and supported our annual Benefits Fair/Flu Shot Clinic.
The winners of this year’s raffle drawings were:
Car Wash Gift Pack – Mary Clarke
Candle Gift Pack – Michelle Curtiss
Carbon Monoxide Detector – Mike Yablonski
Magic Bullet – Linda Salvatore
Crock Pot– Denise Swan
Connecticare Basket – Kate Singley
IKeurig – Brian Mariano
YMCA Memebership – Melissa Verrilli
Please come by the Central Office to claim your prize or contact me at the BOE.
Thanks again for participating,