The Supreme Court vs. Students

Nearly every big legal question that affects our nation’s students and educators eventually makes its way to the Supreme Court. It’s essential that we know any new Justice will protect students, and stand up for public education.

But Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee, has a track record that suggests he’ll be dangerous for students and educators. With everything that’s at stake, we must stop Gorsuch.

Sign the petition. Tell your senators to vote no on Gorsuch.
Gorsuch is wrong for students, wrong for educators, and wrong for the Supreme Court. Add your name, and demand your senators vote no on Gorsuch.

Alice O’Brien
NEA General Counsel

WCTFCU Members Get Ticket Discounts

Great Musicals at a great price! Use our Palace Theater tickets discount code!  Details below.
Credit Union Members get Musical Theater Ticket Discounts!
Through our partnership with the Waterbury Palace Theater, we have a Special Ticket Offer for WCTFCU Members!  (Sure, you can bring your non-Member friends too!) 

 

Purchase your discounted show tickets for:
Cinderella  2/24
The Sound of Music  3/7
Girls Night Out The Musical  3/30
Once 4/7
Annie 4/29
Enjoy a great night out at Waterbury’s Palace Theater… at a special WCTFCU price!
Purchase tickets directly from the theater using our Promo Code CREDIT
To Purchase Tickets: Call 203-346-2000  Or  Click! @ www.palacetheaterct.org
 
Questions? Call the theater 203-346-2000
 
The Palace Theater  & Box Office:  100 East Main Street, Waterbury 

CEAGo February 20, 2017

CEA TV AD CRITICIZES GOVERNOR’S PLAN TO CREATE WINNERS AND LOSERS

A new CEA TV ad featuring CEA members and Connecticut students hit the airwaves this week, highlighting the need for the state to invest in all public schools, not divide schools, parents, and communities into clear winners and losers. Read CEA release.

Read story: Teachers union slams Malloy plan to cut aid to better-off schools

Listen to Mark Waxenberg discuss CEA’s TV ad and other education issues with Brad Davis on WDRC Radio


WILL BETSY DEVOS DESTROY PUBLIC EDUCATION?

Here’s what you should know about the new U.S. Secretary of Education. Read article.

Listen to CEA Director of Policy, Research, and Reform Don Williams on WNPR Where We Live discussing the future of education under Betsy DeVos


A shiny apple to Senator Toni Boucher for meeting with CEA local presidents in New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport, and Wilton to discuss teacher priorities including education funding, pensions, teacher evaluation, and charter school transparency. Read story.

A rotten apple to Governor Malloy for proposing millions of new dollars for charter schools while cutting funds for special education and neighborhood public schools across the state. Read CT Mirror article.


MEET WITH YOUR LEGISLATORS

CEA is hosting at-home meetings with legislative leaders in your district. Contact Chris Donovan to set up a meeting in your local.

SPEAK OUT ON THE GOVERNOR’S BUDGET PLAN

From teacher pensions to underfunding education, let your voice be heard at two upcoming hearings at the Legislative Office Building.

Tuesday, Feb. 21, Room 2C, 4 p.m.
Appropriations Committee public hearing on the budget

Contact CEA legislative coordinator Susan Williams for more information and assistance testifying before the committee or submitting written remarks.


DENIED ONCE. ANTI-UNION FORCES TRY AGAIN WITH FRIEDRICHS 2.0

A new lawsuit has been filed by eight teachers in California challenging union dues. This case is nearly identical to the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association Supreme Court case that ended in a tie vote last year. Read why the Yohn v. California Teachers Association case could impact all of us.


DO GIRLS REALLY THINK BOYS ARE SMARTER?

Stereotypes are alive and well with girls as young as six believing that boys are more “brilliant.” Not only that, they think women aren’t smart. Read what parents and teachers can do to change that.


EDUCATION NEWS IN ONE PLACE

Don’t have time to search for education news? Stay up-to-date on the news that affects your students and your profession. Visit CTEdwatch.org.

UPCOMING EVENTS

MARCH
18
Professional Development Workshops

Attend one of three exciting professional development workshops CEA is providing to members free of charge on March 18. Register for a workshop.


APRIL
1
New Teacher Conference

Know your rights in and out of the classroom. Attend CEA’s New Teacher Conference for teachers with less than 7 years of classroom experience. Register for this workshop.

BJ’S WHOLESALE CLUB

CEA members save even more at BJ’s. Click here for details on how to receive a $35 annual two-person membership (regularly priced at $50).


POWDER RIDGE MOUNTAIN PARK & RESORT

Powder Ridge in Middlefield offers 10% off 4-hour and 8-hour ski lift tickets for CEA members. Present your CEA member ID card at the time of purchase.

Professional Development Requirement and CEU Information

Professional Development Requirements and CEU Information

Public Act No. 12-116 – An Act Concerning Educational Reform

Per Section 39 of PA 12-116, passed in 2012, as of July 1, 2012, CEU requirements for all teachers HAVE BEEN ELIMINATED. Instead, as of July 1, 2013, districts must offer professional development as part of a plan developed by their district PD committee. The committee guidelines, which have been in place since the passage of PA 10-220a in 2010, are also below.

CT General Statutes (PA 12-116) require that professional development must:

  • Be a comprehensive, sustained, intensive approach to improving teacher effectiveness
  • Foster collective responsibility for student performance
  • Be job-embedded, and take place mostly in small groups or on an individual basis
  • Include how to integrate reading, literacy & numeracy enhancement, cultural awareness, and teaching ELLs into instructional practice
  • Be informed by teacher evaluation

The entire bill can be found here.


In-service training. Professional development committees. Institutes for educators. Cooperating teacher program, regulations.

Per PA 10-220a – which was passed in 2010 and was not eliminated by the passage of PA 12-116-a professional development committee must meet certain requirements, which are as follows:

  • Must include members of bargaining units, chosen by such units;
  • Must be responsible for development, evaluation & annual updating of PD plan for district certified employees.

Also Per 10-220a, a professional development plan:

  • Must include ongoing & systematic assessment and improvement of PD and teacher evaluation;
  • Must provide training for administrators in evaluation;
  • Must relate to regular and special student needs;
  • May provide for inclusion of career incentives & parent involvement.

EVALUATION RESOURCES 

If you have any questions about any of the above requirements and/or changes, please contact Michele Ridolfi O’Neill, CEA Educational Issues Specialist, at micheleo@cea.org.

Is Your Teaching Certificate Up-to-Date?

The State Department of Education is the state agency that grants certificates and stores teacher certification information. Anyone seeking information about obtaining or maintaining a Connecticut certificate may visit THIS LINK to find information and determine which forms to use. The ED 170 Form is a general application for certification, and may be used in cases where one is uncertain about which level of certificate to apply for or which forms to use.

It is each individual teacher’s responsibility to maintain his or her teaching certificate. As a professional, it is perhaps the most important thing you can do to assure your continued employment in a school district AND protect your retirement benefits.

Meeting certification application deadlines will help protect you from the hassles that mayresult from letting your certificate expire.

DOWNLOAD PDF VERSION

Moving Through Connecticut’s Certification Continuum

When you hold a CT Provisional Educator Certificate

When you hold a CT Professional Educator Certificate

Questions? Concerns? Need more information?

NTL Contract Available Online

The NTL contract is available online. 

Human Resource Forms that are available online include:

Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9
Form W-4 (2017)
Non-Union Exempt Performance Review Form
Non-Union Non-Exempt Performance Review Form
NTL Payroll Option Form
Direct Deposit Form
Employee Information Update Form
Federal Tax Withholding Form
CT Tax Withhoding Form – CT W4
Life Insurance Beneficiary
Dental Insurance Enrollment Form
Insurance Waiver Form
Health Insurance Enrollment Form
FMLA Form
HSA Bank Form
Memo – Mileage Reimbursement Forms
Mileage Reimbursement Form

CEA Member Benefits – Shopping


A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts

Present school ID or pay stub at checkout to receive 15% Teacher Discount off your total purchase (including coupon and sale items).

 


Ann Taylor Loft

Click on “Loft Loves Teachers” at the bottom of the home page and register to receive special discounts, including 15% off in-store purchases.

 


Barnes and Noble

Apply at local store for Educator Discount Program to get 20% off select items. Bring proof of educator status.

 


Brooks Brothers

CEA members are eligible to enroll for the Brooks Brothers Corporate Membership Card, providing an everyday 15% savings on regular price merchandise in stores and online. To enroll click on the link above and use Organization ID: 11422 and PIN #: 76758.

 


Buyer’s Edge, Inc.

Use this buying service to call wholesalers and distributors directly for quotes on major purchases such as appliances, TVs, cars, furniture, kitchen cabinets, and 14 other categories. Use group number/username: 1001 and password: member1 to receive a quote.

973-660-1001

 


Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets

Show CEA membership card at Simon Guest Services for Savings Passport coupon booklet offering discounts at various stores.

 


Joann Fabric and Craft Stores

Teachers can receive a Teachers Rewards Discount Card witch gives 15% off every purchase in stores and online.

 


NEA Click & Save

The most popular discount program for NEA members and their families. This exclusive shopping service offers savings on brand name merchandise from hundreds of top retailers, online stores, and local merchants. Save on clothing, electronics, restaurants, jewelry, movie tickets and more.

 


Staples

Sign-up for the Staples Teacher Rewards Program to receive discounts just for teachers.

In addition to regular Staples Rewards benefits, Staples Rewards Teachers are eligible to earn 10% back on Teacher Qualifying Purchases, which include a variety of teaching and art supplies.

 


Tanger Outlets Centers

CEA members can go to the administrative offices and pick-up a coupon booklet offering various discounts/offers at stores worth $300 in savings. Must show CEA member ID.

 


TicketsAtWork.com

Discounts on hotels, theme parks, attractions, movie tickets, events, car rentals, and more. Visit the website, click “Become a Member” to set up an account, and enter company code CEA.

Save the Date for CEA New Teachers Conference

Save the Date: CEA New Teacher Conference, April 1

Workshops and networking for early-career teachers

Designed especially for educators who have been teaching less than seven years, CEA’s annual New Teacher Conference will give you a better understanding of classroom management techniques, the teacher evaluation process, and your legal rights and responsibilities in and out of the classroom.

More info

Special Budget Edition of CEAGo

GOVERNOR’S BUDGET PLAN CREATES WINNERS AND LOSERS

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017

In his budget address today, Governor Malloy outlined a plan that threatens our public education system and creates clear winners and losers in every community across the state.

CEA stands firmly against this scheme to divide our schools.

Watch CEA Executive Director Mark Waxenberg on CT-N urging legislators to put children before politics.

Watch Mark Waxenberg’s interview with FOX 61.

Read how the governor’s budget plans would impact our pensions and healthcare fund. Read CEA’s reaction. Read CT Mirror Article.

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE GOVERNOR’S BUDGET PLAN?

From teacher pensions to underfunding education, let your voice be heard at two upcoming hearings at the Legislative Office Building.

Tuesday, Feb. 21, Room 2C, 4 p.m.
Appropriations Committee public hearing on the budget

Wednesday, Feb. 22 (tentative date)
Education Committee public hearing

Contact CEA legislative coordinator Susan Williams for more information and assistance testifying before the committee or submitting written remarks.
A shiny apple to the millions of teachers across the country and right here in Connecticut who called and emailed their senators, urging them to vote against Betsy DeVos.

A rotten apple to those Senate Republicans who put party allegiance ahead of concerns from thousands of their constituents urging them to vote against Betsy DeVos because she is bad for students and public education. Read the latest.

MEET WITH YOUR LEGISLATORS

CEA is hosting at-home meetings with legislative leaders in your district. Contact Chris Donovan to set up a meeting in your local.

JOIN THE TAG TEAM – TEACHER ADVOCATE GRASSROOTS TEAM

Everything legislators do impacts us, and we need to be ready to stand up and fight for our students and our profession. Become a TAG team member and jump into action to educate legislators on key issues. Read more or contact Gus Melita to join your colleagues in this important endeavor.