It’s Time to Give All We’ve Got

When I walk into school every day, I know I will be faced with challenges and I am ready to tackle them – to find solutions and make things happen for my colleagues and students. But these days, I am uncertain if or how long I will be able to continue the life I have built with my family, friends, students, and my community.

You see, I’m an educator, a problem solver, an advocate – and I am also a DREAMER.

Can I count on you to join the NEA EdJustice rapid response text program and support Dreamers like me at this critical time?

Hugo A. helps a colleague in the school computer lab at Metro Tech High School in Phoenix.

Since September, when President Trump declared an end to the DACA program, 800,000 young people like me have been living in fear, not knowing what our future holds. Almost 15,000 people have lost their status already and the clock is ticking. Every day without a solution is another day that more than 100 young people lose their protections, leaving them vulnerable to deportation.

Next week, Congress will decide whether or not they will act to protect Dreamers like me who know no other home than the United States.

Click here to add your name to the rapid response text program. 

The American people and a bipartisan majority in Congress want a permanent solution to protect Dreamers. But it won’t happen unless we flood the phone lines over the next week. Add your name to the rapid response team so we can connect you to your Member of Congress at just the right time. 

Your actions so far have filled me with hope. But we can’t let up now. Our voices are powerful – and if we stand united over the next nine days, I believe we can win. Will you stand with us? 

In solidarity,

Hugo A.
Metro Tech High School
Phoenix, AZ

CEAGo January 11, 2018

OUR STUDENTS CAN’T WAIT: RESTORE ECS FUNDING NOW

CEA and AFTCT leaders sent a letter urging legislators to hold a special session, prior to the start of the regular on Feb. 7 to restore education funding cut by the governor.

• Read the letter to legislators.

• Read the story.

RIGHT TO WORK IS REALLY RIGHT TO BEG

The Janus case, now before the U.S. Supreme Court, is an effort to weaken unions—and the protections that help safeguard teachers’ salaries, benefits, and rights. Attend an upcoming CEA County Forum in your area and learn how you can help continue to protect teachers’ hard-won salaries and benefits.

Attend a free screening of Backpack Full of Cashon Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m. in New London. Narrated by Matt Damon, whose mother is teacher, the movie, explores the real cost of privatizing public schools.  Click here for details.

Attend CEA Teacher Appreciation Day at the Bridgeport Sound Tigers hockey game on Saturday, Feb. 10. Click here for details.

CHECK OUT THE REDESIGNED MEMBER BENEFITS WEBSITE AND ENTER TO WIN GREAT PRIZES

Save hundreds on things you buy every day. Visit cea.org/mb for teacher deals and discounts you never knew you had. Now through the end of January, enter to win weekly raffle prizes and the chance to win a grand prize guided-tour vacation package from NEA Member Benefits.

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Retirement Reminder

Just a reminder:  According to your NTL contract, if you are planning to retire this year, the following sick time payout applies.

Percentage and Per Diem of Retirement Benefits

Effective upon the retirement of a teacher who is eligible for immediate retirement benefits under Chapter 167 of the Connecticut General Statutes, the teacher shall be paid seventy-five percent (75%) of his/her accumulated sick leave.  Teachers must provide written notice of intent to retire to the Superintendent prior to February 1st in the fiscal year the retirement is effective.  If notice of retirement is given prior to February 1st, the teacher shall receive such payment at the beginning of the next fiscal year.  In the event notice of retirement is given on or after February 1st, the teacher shall receive such payment at the beginning of the second fiscal year following such notice of retirement.  Such payment shall be made at the rate of fifty dollars ($50.00) per day.

Important Message Regarding Insurance Waivers

If you are an employee who annually waives insurance, and are eligible for an insurance waiver payment, kindly complete the 2018 insurance waiver form.
All forms must be completed and returned to my attention with copies of your current insurance cards by January 31, 2018.  
 
If you have any questions, please let me know.
Thank you,
Melissa Massicotte