JOIN IN: National Call In Day

Student learning conditions are educator working conditions. That’s why it’s so important that educators have the right to advocate for better working conditions.

President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court Judge Gorsuch has consistently sided against workers. And that is just one reason why we are urging Senators to vote against his confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Join workers around the country for a national call in day – call your senators right now! Click here to get started.

A Court with Neil Gorsuch could be disastrous for public school students and educators, and for workers around the country.

By joining with educators and other working people around the country, you can send a strong message to your senators that protecting workers must be a top priority.

We can’t trust Neil Gorsuch to protect our rights. Make sure your senators hear from you today that Gorsuch is wrong for students, wrong for educators, wrong for workers, and wrong for the Supreme Court.

It just takes 2 minutes for you to call, and all our calls together can make the difference. Get all the info you need at this link.

– Lily

Lily Eskelsen García
President
National Education Association

PS – Can’t make a call today? Call tomorrow! Or the next day! Your senators need to hear from you all the way up through the first hearing on March 20, and through the vote. So call any time you can.

Students’ rights are at stake

Act Now: Tell your senators to vote NO on President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

Speak Up Now!

Right now, there is a case before the Supreme Court that will decide whether schools have to support students with disabilities. It’s one of many education-related cases on the horizon.

As I’ve said before, nearly every big legal question that affects our nation’s students and educators eventually makes its way to the Supreme Court.

Hearings on President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court start in less than two weeks. And Judge Neil Gorsuch has a troubling record:
Gorsuch has repeatedly ruled against students with disabilities who seek public education.
He’s consistently sided with big business at the expense of working people.
He’s embraced views that could put workers’ rights in danger on issues like employment discrimination, worker safety, and wages and more.
Add your voice. Tell your senators to vote NO on Gorsuch.

Alice O’Brien
NEA General Counsel

CEAGo March 6, 2017

CEA ADVANCES BOLD, NEW PLAN TO FUND PUBLIC EDUCATION

Connecticut needs a predictable, sustainable, and dedicated revenue source for every public school in the state. That’s the message CEA delivered to the legislature’s Education Committee along with a new plan that does just that. Read CEA release.

Read CT News Junkie story

Watch Mark Waxenberg’s testimony


KUDOS TO TEACHERS: NEW POLL RANKS CT EDUCATION AMONG THE BEST

No surprise to teachers that a Connecticut education is among the top in the country. U.S. News & World Report ranks Connecticut 4th in how well students are educated.

Read the report and see where Connecticut ranks in other areas


CEA CALLS FOR OVERSIGHT AND TRANSPARENCY OF CHARTER MANAGEMENT ORGANIZATIONS

CEA called on the legislature to ensure that charter schools run by charter management organizations are transparent in their financial decisions and in their policy decisions that result in excessive expulsion rates and practices that push lower-performing students out of their schools. Read CEA’s testimony.


A shiny apple to Westport Public Schools alumnus Justin Paul, who, after winning an Oscar for Best Original Song in the movie La La Land, praised his Westport teachers and his public school education. Watch his acceptance speech.

A rotten apple to Sen. Art Linares of Westbrook, who at last week’s Education Committee hearing implied that teacher retirement is too high and takes funds away from students.

A rotten apple President Donald Trump who used his first live television address to a joint session of Congress to praise Betsy DeVos and their plan to push school vouchers. Read Ed Week and New York Times articles.

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.

SAVE $$ AT THE BUSHNELL

A dozen new shows, from Nickelodeon’s PAW Patrol to Broadway hits and the legendary Tony Bennett. Click here for details on CEA member discounts.


SPECIAL DEAL AT 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).

Teacher of the Year/Exchange Club Dinner UPDATED

Cross Street teacher Charley Marenghi has been chosen Teacher of the Year by the Naugatuck Exchange Club. This achievement will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 14th at the Crystal Room. Tickets to the event are available at Cross Street Intermediate School or you can contact Maria Ryan or Jackie Mariano to purchase them. Ticket sales close on Friday, March 10th.

UPDATE: It’s official, due to the storm, the Naugatuck Exchange Club Community Champions Dinner has been moved to Wednesday Night.
Same times… Same Place.
Tickets are still available.

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.