The October-November 2017 edition of the CEA Advisor is now available online. Don’t miss these and other stories.
A tax on teachers makes its way back into the latest budget. CEA leaders and members fight back.
The state’s largest teachers union seeks an injunction to restore $557 million to cities and towns.
When a beloved 20-year veteran teacher found himself facing a termination hearing, CEA Member Legal Services stepped in.
New CEA guides help teachers ace their evaluations and thrive in their first years in the classroom.
Sent on Behalf of CEA President Sheila Cohen and the Membership Training and Conference Committee
LP’s: This email is being sent to all members
Thank you for what you do each and every day!
Greetings, CEA Members,
Are you a strong presenter? Would you like to help support our new teachers? Would you like the opportunity to expand and develop your teacher leadership skills and capacity? The CEA Membership Training and Conference Committee is looking to expand the sessions available to our members attending the New Teachers Conference. While anyone can attend, the New Teacher Conference is targeted at teachers in their first six years of experience.
We are looking for CEA members willing to present a one and one half hour session twice during the conference, which is March 24, 2018 at the Heritage Hotel and Conference Center in Southbury from 8:30 to 1:00. The CEA will provide presenters dinner and overnight accommodations at the Heritage on March 23. A continental breakfast and lunch during the conference is provided for all attendees. Sessions are presented in three conference strands: Pedagogy (instructional techniques and strategies, designing units, projects, lessons, and activities, etc.); Behavior and Classroom Management (setting up rules, routines, and procedures; rewards and consequences; finding the right amount of discipline for your classroom, etc.); and Managing Your Professional Life (professional relationships, paperwork,, licensure, legal issues, etc.).
If you are interested in making a proposal, please use this link:
Proposals will be accepted until Friday, November 3. Successful applicants will be notified in early December. If you have any questions, please contact Joe Zawawi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Flu season is just around the corner. The single best way to protect yourself from the flu is to get vaccinated each year. Your flu shot not only protects you – it helps protect your whole family.
This year, we are again pleased to offer an on site flu vaccination program. The program is sponsored by ConnectiCare with services delivered by VNA Health at Home, Inc.
Vaccinations will be provided at:
2017 Benefits Fair
Naugatuck Board of Education
Thursday, October 26, 2017
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Injections will be available for adults, 18 years old or older, who are not pregnant or nursing.
If you would like to receive a flu shot this year, you can register with your school nurse starting on Monday, October 2, 2017. This is required to ensure that enough vaccinations are provided on the day of the clinic. Required registration forms are attached for your convenience. Please complete the form and bring with you the day of the clinic.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email at Melissa.Massicotte@Naugatuck.k12.ct.us or by phone at (475) 212-3211.
Have a great day!
Shred Hunger! October 14
Free Document Shredding & Food Drive Event!
When: Saturday, October 14th, 9am – noon
Where: Middlebury branch only (Danbury branch open for business 9a-noon)
Shred Documents: up to 4 boxes/bags of paper per Member, for professional onsite shredding in a Shred-It truck
Donate non-perishable Food: 1+ food item per documents bag Non-perishables only. NO glass
The CT Food Bank Needs: (no glass)
• Canned vegetables & fruit
• Chunky soups & beef stew
• Tuna & other canned meat
• Gluten-free, Sugar free, low sodium, & no salt items
• Peanut butter
• Powdered milk
• Rice, dry & canned beans
• Spaghetti & sauce, Macaroni & cheese
• 100% Fruit Juice (cans/plastic bottles/boxes)
A MESSAGE FROM CEA PRESIDENT SHEILA COHEN:
SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT ON THE TEACHER TAX
Thank you for your advocacy and activism in fighting back against the teacher tax and the cost shift proposals. The Republican budget that passed the legislature contained a teacher tax, but no cost shift. However, the governor has said he will veto that plan, and that would mean legislators once again will be considering both issues to try to solve the budget deficit. We must stand strong and ready to fight back against both the cost shift and the teacher tax because they hurt students, teachers, and public education.
Because of your continued outreach and strong objections to the teacher tax, there is a lot of misinformation being shared by some legislators.
I want to be perfectly clear: THIS IS A TAX ON TEACHERS.
Here are the facts:
- The Republican budget increases the payroll tax on teachers from 6 percent to 8 percent.
- This will cost every teacher about $1,500 per year.
- Unlike other pension contributions, the budget counts this additional 2% as tax revenue.
- This increase will generate almost $100 million to reduce the state’s deficit instead of reducing the unfunded liability for teacher retirement.
- None of this tax increase will go toward the state’s unfunded teacher pension liability—it will instead reduce the state’s contribution to teacher retirement.
Unlike other pension contributions, this additional 2% increase counts as tax revenue—PERIOD!
GET THE FACTS ABOUT THE TEACHER TAX
Please feel free to share this information with your colleagues, friends, and family members and to post it on your social media networks.
Our voices are being heard and we will continue to speak out against all attempts to balance the budget on the backs of students and teachers. We will fight against any new proposals that include a teacher tax or a cost shift that moves the state’s share of teacher retirement costs onto cities and towns.
We must keep up our advocacy until we have a fair budget that works for all of us and invests in public education.
Thank you for your continued activism and support.
It’s déjà vu all over again. After failing in previous attempts, Senate Republican leaders are rushing one final vote by next Wednesday on a terrible bill that will gut Medicaid and take healthcare away from millions of Americans, including children! The Graham-Cassidy bill is bad news and will hurt a lot of people – especially children most in need – if it becomes law. It will make health care more costly and could end hard won protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
We cannot allow Republican leaders to pass this dangerous bill. That’s why we need you to take action today!
Call your Senator now. Tell them to vote no on Graham-Cassidy, and to stand up for affordable healthcare for every American!
NEA Government Relations
Tell Governor Malloy to veto the Republican budget that passed the legislature.
It imposes an unprecedented tax on teachers of approximately $1,500 per teacher—every year—that will NOT go into the teacher retirement fund to support teacher retirement. This is an unfair tax that goes into the state’s general fund, and must not become law.
Click here to contact Governor Malloy.
Urge him to
1) Veto the Republican budget
2) Pass a fair budget, without a $1,500 tax on teachers and without a cost shift
3) Invest in public education and the future of our children and our state
Tell the governor not to balance the state budget on the backs of students and teachers.
Today, Governor Malloy reaffirmed his decision to veto the budget that passed this weekend, which contains a number of anti-teacher, anti-union proposals that would impact our students, our profession, and our schools. We support the veto of this budget for the reasons below and are calling on legislators to convene immediately to create a real bipartisan budget that invests in public education and creates a reliable revenue stream to fund education.
If signed into law, the budget passed this weekend would:
- Impose a $1,500* tax on teachers, in the form of a 2% increase in teachers’ contributions to their retirement ( *average amount; actual number would be higher or lower according to salary ).
- Eliminate the minimum budget requirement that governs what towns must spend on education.
- Allow the retired teachers health insurance fund to go bankrupt by no longer requiring the state to pay one-third of the cost each year.
- Cut education funding to some of our poorest districts, including Bridgeport, New Haven, and East Hartford.
- Allow schools and towns to use volunteers for town and school services.
- End collective bargaining for state employees’ pensions, imposing changes in their pensions after 2027 when the current labor agreement expires, and start counting those savings in the proposed biennial budget.
This budget and the one proposed by the Democrats, which included the cost shift for teacher retirement onto cities and towns, put our public schools and Connecticut’s future at risk.
We are calling on legislators to convene immediately to craft a true bipartisan budget that:
- Supports students and teachers and invests in public education.
- Creates a sustainable system to fund education, including closing tax loopholes and ending unnecessary tax subsidies.
- Eliminates waste and inefficiencies in state programs and services.
In the coming days we will be providing you with more information regarding the budget situation and will ask you to once again contact your legislators and urge them to come together to do what’s right for Connecticut—pass a budget that works for all of us and invests in our public schools. Please watch for our emails and take action when the time comes.