Together, we can unite against hate

the largest white nationalist rallies in recent years, many of our students are scared, anxious and confused. As parents and educators processing our own shock and disbelief, we may struggle to find the right words to offer.

But now, more than ever, we cannot shy away from talking about this terrible topic with our students. As NEA President Lily Eskelsen García writes in her post  “The People We Are Supposed to Be” this week:

“There is, perhaps, nothing harder than a conversation on race. But do it, because how we feel about race and how we react to racism informs how we feel about and react to all other forms of bias and prejudice.”
Below are links to resources for students, educators, and families to conduct meaningful conversations around race, foster healing in the wake of Charlottesville, and make sure your students feel welcome, supported, and valued. 
Together, we can foster safe spaces to move towards justice in education. Together, we can unite against hate.

 

NEA Speaks Out
This is a comprehensive collection of resources for students, educators, and families to address and engage in the national dialogue about racism, hate, and bias in the wake of recent events in Charlottesville. Topics and resources include:
  • How to deal with acts of racism and hate – before, during and after a crisis
  • White supremacy
  • Talking about race in the classroom – creating safe spaces and starting the conversation
  • Helping children cope with a traumatic event
  • Teaching tolerance and safety
Before we start any dialogue, it’s important to check in with ourselves and understand what experiences (both positive and negative) we are bringing to the discussion.
Useful advice on finding common ground in values statements, and keeping the conversation focused on results we all want to achieve rather than just assigning blame for present inequities.
10 Actions To Stop White Supremacy and Stand Up For Civil Rights – from our partners at the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights.
“There is, perhaps, nothing harder than a conversation on race. But do it, because how we feel about race and how we react to racism informs how we feel about and react to all.”
Responding to Hate and Bias in Schools
This is a comprehensive collection of resources for students, educators, and families to address and engage in the national dialogue about racism, hate, and bias in the wake of recent events in Charlottesville. Topics and resources include:
  • How to deal with acts of racism and hate – before, during and after a crisis
  • White supremacy
  • Talking about race in the classroom – creating safe spaces and starting the conversation
  • Helping children cope with a traumatic event
  • Teaching tolerance and safety
Before we start any dialogue, it’s important to check in with ourselves and understand what experiences (both positive and negative) we are bringing to the discussion.
Useful advice on finding common ground in values statements, and keeping the conversation focused on results we all want to achieve rather than just assigning blame for present inequities.
10 Actions To Stop White Supremacy and Stand Up For Civil Rights – from our partners at the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights.

Please stay up to date on the latest news and engagement at www.NEAEdJustice.org.

In solidarity,
The NEAEdJustice Team

CEAGo for Aug. 18, 2017

139 DISTRICTS WOULD LOSE FUNDING

Without a state budget, Gov. Malloy plans to cut $557 million in education funding in 139 districts. Read Sheila Cohen’s statement.

Read the CT Mirror and CT Post articles.

 

TREMENDOUS UNCERTAINTY FOR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS

The budget impasse is creating chaos for students and teachers as school districts prepare for a new year with tremendous uncertainty. Teachers joined a call to action urging legislators to pass a budget that invests in education.

IT’S NOT CLEAR?

Legislators are still saying they are not clear on how they will handle the state’s teacher pension system and cost shift.

Let’s make it crystal clear.

Call your legislators today and tell them:

  • No cost shift
  • No increase in teacher pension contributions
  • No cuts to ECS funding

shiny apple to Connecticut teachers who joined a call to action in Meriden last week urging legislators to pass a budget that invests in education.


rotten apple to those legislators who would rather cut education funding than raise revenue in order to balance the state budget.

OCTOBER 14 – SAVE THE DATE
CONNECTICUT TEACHERS GRADUATE SCHOOL FAIR

9am – noon
Wesleyan University

Join Connecticut universities and colleges to explore their graduate programs and learn more about the new professional certification requirements with representatives from the state, AFT-CT, and CEA. Hosted by AFT-CT, CEA, CSDE, and Wesleyan University, this event is free for Connecticut teachers .Register for free event

SAVINGS ON CLASSROOM SUPPLIES

Get back-to-school savings with the Staples Teacher Rewards Program and earn 10% backon teaching and art supplies.


Planning your classroom? Stretch your dollar at A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts and Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores with your 15% teacher discount.

CEAGo News August 6, 2017

WITHOUT A BUDGET, GOVERNOR PLANS TO STRIP FUNDING FROM SCHOOLS

Without a state budget, the governor plans to strip state aid from some schools and give it to others, leaving the majority of public schools in deeper financial trouble.

Legislators Need to Hear from You! Call your legislators today and tell them:

  1. No teacher retirement cost shift
  2. No increase in teacher contributions to their state retirement fund
  3. No cuts to ECS funding

YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Thank you. Thousands of you have contacted your legislators, and they have told us your letters, emails, and calls are making a difference. We need to keep the pressure on lawmakers as they continue working on a budget. Continue reaching out to them before they vote on the budget.

EVERYTHING IS ON THE TABLE

That’s what legislative leaders are saying. Read the story.

Tell your legislators to vote against any attacks on students, teachers, and public education and to respect teachers’ contributions to Connecticut’s children and the future of our state.

shiny apple to teachers at CEA’s Summer Leadership Conference who wrote to their state legislators telling them to vote against a teacher retirement cost shift, against increases to teachers’ retirement contributions, and against cuts to ECS. Nearly 400 postcards were delivered to legislators.

shiny apple to all the Democrats in the state legislature. Every Democrat—both in the House and in the Senate—voted to approve the $1.5 billion state employee concession package, taking a key first step toward a new state budget.

rotten apple to all the Republicans in the state legislature. Every Republican—both in the House and in the Senate—voted to reject the $1.5 billion in concessions from state employees, because it does not eliminate collective bargaining rights for workers.

OCTOBER 14 – SAVE THE DATE
CONNECTICUT TEACHERS GRADUATE SCHOOL FAIR

9am – noon
Wesleyan University

Join Connecticut universities and colleges to explore their graduate programs and learn more about the new professional certification requirements with representatives from the state, AFT-CT, and CEA. Hosted by AFT-CT, CEA, CSDE, and Wesleyan University, this event is free for Connecticut teachers.

Register for free event

TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY AT THE YARD GOATS

Our next Yard Goats baseball CEA Teacher Appreciation Day is coming up on Friday, August 11. Get your discounted tickets while they last at cea.org/mb.

Check out pictures from the last event.

SAVE $$ ON YOUR NEXT PURCHASE

Get bargain-basement prices on your biggest buys, from appliances to TVs, at Buyer’s Edge, Inc. Details at cea.org/mb.

Summer 2017 CEA Advisor

The Summer 2017 edition of the CEA Advisor is now available online. Don’t miss these and other stories.

State Budget: What’s Next?

Teachers spend summer months advocating against lawmakers’ budget plans that would hurt students and teacher pensions—and the fight is not over

Buyer Beware: What Is Your 403(B) Really Costing You?

New law in Connecticut helps teachers make informed retirement investment decisions

NTL Survey Regarding Upcoming Contract Negotiations

A MESSAGE FROM NTL PRESIDENT GEORGE MACARY

Dear colleagues,

Good morning and here is hoping that each of you can relax and enjoy the summer break.
We have sent out a survey to Naugatuck Teachers’ League members in regards to the upcoming contract negotiations.  It is our hope that you will take a few minutes to complete the survey, indicating your priorities.  This survey is extremely important to the Negotiating Committee.
If you have not received the survey, it is probably because the personal e-mail we have is not a current e-mail address or we  do not have your personal e-mail address.  We cannot send the survey out through the District e-mail.
I am asking that you  please send a current home e-mail address to our CEA Uniserv Rep Jeff Mockler, his e-mail address is jeffm@cea.org.
Thanks and enjoy your much deserved summer break.
Take good care,
George Macary

Call your senators now! 1-855-764-1010

National Education Association

Senate Republican leaders are pushing for a vote as early as TODAY on their secret healthcare bill, and we don’t even know yet which version of the bill they’ll be voting on. But it comes down to this:

Whichever bill they choose – whether it’s the one that kicks 22 million people off their insurance, or 32 million people – every option they’ve put forth will be disastrous for our members, students, families, and communities. They may even be voting to end Medicaid as we know it, or end affordable coverage for pre-existing conditions, all while giving huge tax breaks to insurance companies and drug makers.

We need you to call your senators – and to keep calling. Demand they vote NO on any attempt to pass one of these dangerous healthcare bills.

Call 1-855-764-1010 right now.Then click here to tell us how the call went.

Your calls and emails are making a difference, and senators that are key swing votes have said they’re feeling the pressure. Please keep it up! 

Educators for Health Care

Important Message from NTL President George Macary

George Macary and Melissa McInvale

Dear colleagues,

Hope you are enjoying the summer break
As you are aware the legislative session ended without agreement on a budget.
Our Connecticut Teacher Pension is funded jointly by the state and teachers, each contributes 6%.
There is a new plan to balance the budget; it calls for the State of Connecticut to shift 2% of their retirement obligation to the teachers.  This will have the state contributing 4% and the teachers contributing 8%.  This will not increase your retirement payout or the number of years to reach your max retirement benefit, but will reduce your take home pay. Basically another way of the state raising dollars to balance the budget but this revenue comes only from educators.
Please make sure that you contact your Connecticut State Senators and Representatives and voice your opinion about the plan to shift 2% to the teachers.
Please tell them NO.
Thanks

Legislators have delayed today’s budget vote, giving you more time to speak out against actions that would hurt your students, your school, your retirement, and your future.

Your voice makes a difference, but your legislators have not heard from you. Contact them and tell them to

1)   Vote against any teacher retirement cost shift (shifting millions in costs from the state to the towns and putting pressure on school budgets)

2)   Vote against any increase in teacher pension contributions

3)   Vote against any cuts to ECS funding

TAKE ACTION NOW.

In NAUGATUCK, only a handful of teachers have contacted the legislators who represent them. That leads legislators to believe the retirement issue is not important. You can change that. CLICK HERE and tell your legislators why they must vote against any attacks on students, teachers, and public education.

CEAGo News July 20, 2017

YOUR PENSION UNDER FIRE: BUDGET VOTE EXPECTED MONDAY

Legislators are expected to vote on a budget plan on Monday that impacts your livelihood.

Legislators Need to Hear from You! Contact your legislators today and tell them:

1) No cost shift
2) No increase in teacher pension contributions
3) No cuts to ECS funding

Tell your legislators to vote against any attacks on students, teachers, and public education, and to respect teachers’ contributions to Connecticut’s children and the future of our state.

CONNECTICUT SCHOOLS LEAD THE NATION

One of the best things Connecticut has going for it, according to a new report, is its public schools. Read story.


shiny apple to Bridgeport teachers who spoke up against plans to take funding away from Bridgeport public schools to expand charter schools.


rotten apple to legislators who want to balance the state budget on our backs. Contact your legislators today. Tell them to support a budget that works for all of us and invests in our schools.

Contact your legislators here.

OCTOBER 14 – SAVE THE DATE
CONNECTICUT TEACHERS GRADUATE SCHOOL FAIR

9am – noon
Wesleyan University

Join Connecticut universities and colleges to explore their graduate programs and learn more about the new professional certification requirements with representatives from the state, AFT-CT, and CEA. Hosted by AFT-CT, CEA, CSDE, and Wesleyan University, this event is free for Connecticut teachers.

Register for free event.

DON’T MISS OUT ON YOUR TWO FREE MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTIONS

Choose from a variety of premier fashion, sports, science, beauty, and fitness magazines. Click below to see more than 40 available titles. Your membership ID number is required.

TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY AT THE YARD GOATS

Hartford Yard Goats baseball fans, come to CEA Member Appreciation Days this season—Saturday, July 29, and Friday, August 11. Get $2 off tickets and enjoy special teacher recognition and fireworks after each game! Go to ticketreturn.com and logon using: UserID: CEA2017 and Password: yardgoats2017.

Not out of the woods yet on health care

  Don’t let the Senate take away health insurance from 32 million people. 
Please call 1-855-764-1010 now.

I am so grateful to the thousands of you who called your senators telling them to reject the terrible Trumpcare plan that would take health insurance away from millions of people while giving billions of dollars in tax cuts to health insurers and drug makers.

Your calls are working, but we can’t take our foot off the gas!

Right now, Republican leaders are devising a new plan to make things even worse: stripping health insurance away from 32 million people and repealing much of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) without producing a replacement plan. It’s terrifying and irresponsible.

Will you call now? Dial 1-855-764-1010 to be connected with your senators. Then let us know how it went.

You don’t need any special talking points to shut this down: Just tell your senator to stop the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Please call 1-855-764-1010 to be connected to your senators. Then report back here. 

Thank you for making this critical call. 
– Lily
Lily Eskelsen García
President
National Education Association