CEA Summer Leadership Conference

This year’s CEA Summer Leadership Conference will be held July 31 – August 2, 2017 at the Mohegan Sun Convention Center. Each local association may send up to eight free attendees this year. Please contact your Local Association President prior to registering to determine if you are eligible to attend at no cost. If you do qualify, you have the following options to register:

Your Local Association President can register you; or
You can self-register via the CEA website at www.cea.org under Upcoming Events. If you choose to self-register, please use the special code given to you by your LP so that no charges are incurred when you register.
If no free spots are available, please reference the SLC brochure for paid options.

New this year – One Day Conference Option – Wednesday, August 2.

Please view the Summer Leadership Brochure to view your training and overnight accommodation options prior to registering.

Keep Your Promise Rally – Thursday, May 18 at 5:00PM

The state’s fiscal crisis is getting worse. Connecticut’s income tax receipts are nearly $500 million lower than expected, raising the state budget deficit to $4.9 billion.

Where will that money come from? Education and teacher retirement funds?

We can’t let that happen.

We need you to attend the Keep Your Promise Rally on Thursday, May 18, at 5 p.m. and let your voice be heard.

Our message to the governor and state lawmakers is Keep Your Promise: Fund Our Retirement. Fund Public Education.

Get on a free CEA bus to the Rally at the State Capitol. Join your colleagues and speak out to protect our pensions, our students, and our future.

 

CEAGo May 1, 2017

KEEP YOUR PROMISE RALLY:
TELL LEGISLATORS TO OPPOSE COST SHIFTS

CEA members must stand up and speak out against plans to shift teacher retirement costs from the state onto cities and towns. Attend the Keep Your Promise Rally on May 18.

Let your voice be heard! Tell legislators to Keep their Promise to teachers.


A shiny apple to three state legislators who stood with us and spoke out against the cost shift plan.

Hear what Sen. Beth Bye, Rep. Derek Slap, and Rep. Joseph Verrengia said at the news conference.

COALITION CALLS FOR FAIR FUNDING

CEA has formed a coalition of diverse education and town associations to oppose the cost shift plan that would increase property taxes and cut needed town services for Connecticut residents, whose property tax rates are already among the highest in the country.

Read the news release

Watch the video


A rotten apple to Sen. Bob Duff for proposing to divert public school funding to corporate-style charter schools. Read the stories here and here.


PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE: PENSION ISSUES FOR EARLY CAREER TEACHERS

You may be years away from retirement, but it’s never too early to start planning. This workshop provides an overview of the Connecticut Teachers’ Retirement System with a particular emphasis on issues of interest to teachers in the early phase of their career (less than 15 years of service), although all CEA members are welcome. Register for one of these free workshops.

May 1 DePaolo Middle School
Southington
May 4 Lyman Memorial High School
Lebanon
May 10 Fairfield Warde High School
Fairfield

PLAY BALL: YARD GOATS HOST CEA TEACHER APPRECIATION DAYS

Tickets are now available for CEA Teacher Appreciation Days, hosted by the Hartford Yard Goats. CEA members get discounted admission for games on Saturday, July 29, and Friday, August 11. Stay for free fireworks after each game. Go to www.cea.org/yardgoats and enter user ID CEA2017 and password yardgoats2017.

CEA MEMBERS GET FIRST CHANCE AT PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

Andrew Lloyd Weber’s The Phantom of the Opera is coming to Connecticut this fall—and you have first choice of tickets. Thanks to our partnership with the Palace Theater in Waterbury, CEA members can purchase tickets before they go on sale to the general public. Use presale code CARLOTTA atwww.palacetheaterct.org/phantom anytime May 1-12. Tickets go on sale to the general public on May 15

 

From CEA: We Will Rise UP

Next week on May 1st in cities, towns, and communities across the country, activists will Rise Up to demonstrate the power, resistance, and strength of a social justice movement that is gaining strength and influence by the day. Change is happening – in town halls, in school board meetings – and in the streets of America.
Will you Stand in Solidarity with your fellow educators, students and communities?

  

NEA is partnering with community groups and activists across the country to “Build Schools, Not Walls.” Educators will join together with neighbors, friends, and allies to raise awareness, educate, and mobilize. We will Rise Up to ensure that we have welcoming schools that support immigrant students and their families. We will Rise Up to speak out against hate and bias. We will Rise Up to demand the resources for schools and opportunities for all students no matter where they live or what they look like.

Every School a Sanctuary 
 
Want to do more? Marches, Walk-ins, Rallies, and Town Halls are happening all around the country. Click here to find an action near you.
Are you organizing a May 1st Rise Up event? Tell us about it.
 
We can’t wait. We won’t wait. – Education Justice Starts Here.
 
Thanks,

The NEAEdJustice Team

Save the Date: May 18 Rally

I am writing to let you know about an important rally CEA is organizing at the State Capitol in Hartford on Thursday, May 18, at 5:00 p.m.

We are urging legislators to reject any budget proposal that shifts the state’s responsibility for education funding and teacher retirement onto Connecticut’s cities and towns.

As you know, a cost shift such as this will result in higher property taxes as well as painful cuts to public education. Cuts to local school budgets will translate into teacher layoffs, larger class sizes, a reduction in critical student support services, and in many districts, the elimination of programs such as foreign language and full-day kindergarten.

Our message to the governor and state lawmakers is Keep Your Promise: Fund Our Retirement.

Remember, we are stronger together. Legislators are much more likely to understand the consequences of such a plan if they see the very people who will be affected by it: teachers, students, parents and members of the communities they serve and represent.

Please come—be seen—and be heard—on May 18.

 

 

CEA Advisor: ‘Student Assault and Aggressive Behavior’

STUDENT ASSAULT AND AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR
CEA PROTECTS TEACHERS AND CHILDREN AGAINST THIS GROWING PROBLEM
I loved my job. But then one day I no longer recognized my classroom. It wasn’t the fun, friendly place it used to be. No one felt safe. No one was learning. The principal shrugged. ‘Get used to it,’ he said. I would never get used to it.
When they begin their careers, teachers imagine creating a secure, welcoming, and stimulating environment where they’ll inspire
generations of young thinkers and learners. Long before their careers
are over, however, many teachers find themselves trapped in
classrooms that are unstructured, unsustainable, and unsafe.
In Connecticut and nationwide, a steady rise in student aggression,
especially among younger children—combined with a lack of
administrative support in addressing the problem—is pushing new and
veteran teachers to leave the profession and the students they love.
“This is unacceptable,” says CEA President Sheila Cohen. “The path to
earning a teaching certificate is rigorous and challenging.
Connecticut has some of the best, most dedicated teachers anywhere—
professionals who come to the classroom with all the preparation
and enthusiasm they need to make a lasting, positive impact on their
students’ lives. That dream is crushed every time a student is allowed to
threaten, attack, abuse, and return to the classroom. We need to ensure
that for teachers, dealing with student assault does not simply
‘come with the territory.’ Everyone has the basic right to work without
fear of abuse.”
Though the problem of assault by younger children is underestimated,
Roblin Kaplan-Cho says this demographic accounts for most of the calls she receives. “It’s never acceptable, regardless of a child’s age or
disability. Make sure your administrator is aware of the assault
and reminded of his or her obligation under the law to file a copy of the
assault report with the local police. At the top of the incident report you
file, write, “Pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes Section 10-233, I
am notifying you that I have been assaulted.” Involve your local
Association so that they can track the frequency of the problem. Call
the police if you feel you aren’t getting the help you need.

CEA Call to Action

Reminder: Time is Running Out, Make Your Voice Heard

Dear Nancy,

Legislators are presently considering shifting the costs of teacher retirement contributions from the state to cities and towns across Connecticut. This will increase local property taxes and cut local public education funding, leading to job cuts, larger class sizes, and fewer resources.

Tell your legislators not to shift state costs onto the backs of local property owners. Contact your legislators and ask them to vote NO on any state budget that will force cities and towns to raise property taxes and destroy public education.