CEAGo for November 8, 2017

TOGETHER WE MADE A DIFFERENCE

Thanks to the advocacy and outreach of CEA teachers across the state, our battle for a fair state budget succeeded in preserving the critical funding needed for public schools and our students, instead of increasing class sizes, eliminating programs, and cutting teaching positions.

Read more on the budget.

See how your town fares under this new plan.

TEACHERS TEACHING SUCCESS

Have you seen CEA’s latest TV ad? It depicts a teacher interacting with students and flashes forward to the adults these students will become, thanks to educators who recognized and nurtured their potential.

Watch the ad at cea.org/potential/.

CEA LAWSUIT INFLUENCES NEW STATE BUDGET

The new state budget restores critical ECS funding to education. Read CEA news release.

HELP A CHILD THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

You can make a huge difference in the life of a child this holiday season by becoming a Holiday Bear sponsor. Click here for all the information.

Watch how an entire classroom got involved.

shiny apple to the thousands of teachers who stood up and spoke out against legislative proposals that would hurt their students and their profession.


rotten apple to the GOP members of Congress whose tax plan eliminates the teacher tax deduction for out-of-pocket classroom expenses.

Watch the shocking Q&A regarding the GOP tax plan.

GOP Tax Plan Ends Deductions For Teachers Buying School Supplies.

THANKSGIVING SAVINGS

Get Thanksgiving staples and all the fixings for less at BJ’s Wholesale Club. CEA members pay only $35 for a $50 membership. Visit cea.org/mb.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARK TWAIN

CEA members pay only $12 admission (normally $19) to the Mark Twain House & Museum. Details at cea.org/mb.

 

CEAGo News for September 18, 2017

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.

CEAGo News September 8, 2017

BUDGET VOTE SEPT. 14

Legislators may vote on a new state budget on September 14. Governor Malloy today unveiled a new budget plan that lessens school funding cuts but also imposes new cuts on cities and towns that will impact school budgets.

Read Sheila Cohen’s statement.

Read article.

GROUPS PLAN “MORTAL BLOW” TO UNIONS

Right-wing groups in all 50 states, including Connecticut, are planning to “defund and defang unions.” Read the shocking manifesto outlining how these groups, with millions at their disposal, plan to deal a “mortal blow” to unions.


shiny apple to the All Hands on Deck Coalition for encouraging legislators to fully fund education and examine tax proposals to balance the budget.


rotten apple to the Trump Administration for ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, hurting nearly a million “Dreamers.”

WHAT’S HAPPENING?

Attend a county forum near you and learn what’s happening at the State Capitol and at the federal level and how it will impact you and your classroom. Click here for a list of County Forum dates in your area. Attend a meeting. Learn about your union and get involved.


QUALITY PD IS JUST A CALL OR CLICK AWAY

Are you tired of the same old, boring PD? Get the PD you need, developed and customized by educators, for educators. Contact CEA’s Professional Learning Academy for a complete list of high-quality professional learning opportunities.

CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS

Urge legislators to pass a budget before the Oct. 1 deadline to avoid the implementation of Governor Malloy’s draconian cuts, which would strip $557 million in education funding in 139 districts.

Contact your legislators. Urge them to pass a state budget as soon as possible that:

  1. Protects local school budgets and the education of all children
  2. Maintains critical services for families and communities
  3. Provides for a reliable revenue stream to cure the state’s chronic underfunding of public schools


TEACHERS LEND A HELPING HAND

Connecticut teachers are helping fellow educators in Texas and Louisiana affected by the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey. Click here to find out how you can help your colleagues both financially and emotionally, as they being the slow process of rebuilding their lives.

Free resources are available to help you explain the disaster and answer your students’ questions. Click here for information.

REFRESH YOUR BACK-TO-SCHOOL WARDROBE AT CLINTON CROSSING OR TANGER OUTLETS

CEA members get a free coupon booklet. Details at cea.org/mb.


PLANNING A FIELD TRIP TO MYSTIC SEAPORT THIS YEAR?

Check it out before you go. CEA members get a complimentary anytime pass! Details at cea.org/mb.

 

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.

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.

CEAGo News July 5, 2017

LATEST PROPOSALS HURT TEACHERS

The new fiscal year has started without a state budget. Legislators are trying to piece together a budget, and the latest proposal would increase your contribution to your teacher retirement plan.

Read CEA President Sheila Cohen’s reaction to the proposed plan.

shiny apple to state legislators who continue to oppose any cost shift of the teacher retirement plan that would hurt our schools and increase our property taxes.

BE READY TO TAKE ACTION

As we have seen, anything can happen, and any issue—from cost shifts to increased teacher retirement contributions—can be brought forward in a short time. We must be vigilant and ready to fight back against any attacks on teachers. Be ready to pick up the phone and call your legislators. Tell them we need a budget that works for all of us and invests in our public schools.


rotten apple to legislators who are trying to balance the state budget on the backs of students and teachers.

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.


SLC VENDOR FAIR

More than a dozen CEA/NEA Member Benefits Partners, including several new ones, will showcase their products and services at the Summer Leadership Conference July 31-August 2, at the Mohegan Sun Convention Center. Hear how they can help you save money on everything from vacations to insurance. The Member Benefits Partners are offering some great raffle prizes too, including

  • A 7-day stay at a Mayan resort in Mexico from NEA Vacations and NEA Click and Save
  • $200 VISA gift card from CarePatrol (new CEAMB partner)
  • $100 gift card from USI Insurance
  • BOSE SoundLink Mini II Bluetooth Speaker from Buyer’s Edge
  • Free eye exam and single vision glasses from Optical Academy (new CEAMB partner)
  • $50 gift card from NEAMB
  • $50 gift card from California Casualty
  • Two tickets to Les Miserables from the Bushnell
  • Four admission passes, four movie passes, and a swag bag from the Connecticut Science Center
  • Two admission passes from Mystic Aquarium

  PLAY GOLF WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES AND SUPPORT STUDENTS IN NEED

You can make a difference in a child’s life just by playing golf in the Connecticut Education Foundation’s 23rd annual Hands Across the Green Golf Tournament to benefit The Children’s Fund (CEF). It will be held at the Glastonbury Hills Country Club on Monday, July 17, 2017.

Read the Golf Tournament brochure here.

GET YOUR THRILLS FOR LESS

Quassy Amusement Park now offers discounts for CEA members and their guests. Save more than $5 per ticket! Details at cea.org/mb.


WORKING ON THAT BEACH BODY?

CEA members receive one week free membership and 50% off the enrollment fee at Healthtrax Fitness. Details at cea.org/mb.


DOWNWARD DOG DAYS OF SUMMER

CEA members now save up to 38% at Sacred Rivers Yoga in East Hartford. Drop-in rates for CEA members, $10 (regularly $16). A 10-class package is $100 (regularly $139). Show your CEA membership card to receive your discount.

CEAGo News June 19, 2017

WE ARE STRONGER TOGETHER

Thanks to our combined efforts—your activism and CEA leadership—Connecticut legislators struck down a plan that would have threatened public education and teachers’ pensions. But our work is not over, and the threat is still there as legislators try to develop a budget plan in special session this summer.

Read CEA President Sheila Cohen’s message.

STAY CONNECTED THIS SUMMER

We know this is your time to relax, recharge, and be with family, but legislators are not taking a break from presenting plans that could hurt our students, our schools, and our profession. Visit cea.org and make sure your home email address is current so that you don’t miss out on timely information you need.

BE READY TO TAKE ACTION

Legislative leaders are meeting behind closed doors, scrambling to come up with a new budget, and whatever they decide will impact us. If the outcome is negative, we won’t have much time to fight it.

Be ready to take action immediately when your CEA leaders reach out to you.

 


 

SHINY APPLE

A shiny apple to State Rep. Matthew Lesser for spearheading a bill that passed the legislature requiring all 403(b) retirement plan providers to disclose fees and compensation to teachers.

Read the New York Times story.

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.

New this year: One-Day Conference Option: Wednesday, August 2. Please view the Summer Leadership Brochure to see your training and overnight accommodation options prior to registering.


PLAY GOLF WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES AND SUPPORT STUDENTS IN NEED

You can make a difference in a child’s life just by playing golf in the Connecticut Education Foundation’s 23rd annual Hands Across the Green Golf Tournament to benefit The Children’s Fund (CEF). It will be held at the Glastonbury Hills Country Club on Monday, July 17, 2017.

Read the Golf Tournament brochure here.

MAKE A SPLASH THIS SUMMER

Save on admission to Quassy Amusement Park and Lake Compounce with your CEA member discount. Visit cea.org/mb for details.


A WHALE OF A TIME

Save $5 on admission (up to four people) at Mystic Aquarium when you show your CEA membership card.

CEAGo May 30, 2017

CEA MEMBERS SCHOOL BETSY DEVOS

Hundreds of students, parents, and teachers rallied for public education and against efforts to undermine and underfund our public schools. Teachers’ voices were heard! Read news stories and watch the television coverage.

Read BlogCEA

Watch television news coverage

Fox 61

WFBS-TV 3

NBC Connecticut TV 30

WTNH TV 8

Check out the photos from the rally

A shiny apple to U.S. Congressman. John Larson and the hundreds of teachers, students, paraprofessionals, and community members who attended our rally in East Hartford and stood up and spoke out against attacks on our schools and our teachers.

NEW CEA TV AD

Parents criticize the governor and some legislators for their plans to balance the budget on the backs of their children and teachers, in CEA’s newest TV ad airing tomorrow.

Watch the ad and hear one young boy school Connecticut’s politicians.

 

We can’t stop now. Keep making those calls to your legislators. Tell them to vote against any proposals that will hurt our students and our schools.

A rotten apple to U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, for so many reasons, but just this week for attacking East Hartford public schools and for proposing to cut the federal education budget and giving $1 billion to her special projects for the elite and wealthy.


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.

New this year: One Day Conference Option: Wednesday, August 2. Please view the Summer Leadership Brochure to see your training and overnight accommodation options prior to registering.

10% OFF AT GOODYEAR AUTO SERVICE CENTERS

CEA members receive 10% off any auto service and tire purchases, and free flat tire repair at any Goodyear Auto Service Centers in Connecticut. Members who purchase winter snow tires also receive seasonal change overs for the life of the tires. Show your CEA membership card to receive the discount.

40% OFF AT THEATERWORKS

Teachers pay only $30 on tickets valued at $50. Use promo code CEA30 at theaterworkshartford.org or request your CEA discount when you call the box office (860.527.7838). Patrons must present their CEA membership card at the door.

CEAGo May 15, 2017

GOVERNOR’S NEW BUDGET PLAN: UNACCEPTABLE

The governor’s new budget plan released today is unacceptable to Connecticut educators. It still shifts the cost of the teacher pension fund to cities and towns.

More budget proposals from legislators are expected in the coming days, and we will review and update you on how these will impact education funding and teacher retirement.

Watch for a call to action from CEA, as we stand ready to fight against these attacks on our students, our profession, and our future.


A shiny apple to you for your advocacy and willingness to fight for what is right.

KEEP YOUR PROMISE RALLY POSTPONED

With the uncertainty and continually changing elements of the state budget, we have postponed our Keep Your Promise Rally, originally scheduled for May 18.

We need you to continue to join with your colleagues and speak out against plans to shift teacher retirement costs from the state onto cities and towns.

A rotten apple to any legislators—both Democrats and Republicans—who are considering eliminating collective bargaining rights. Today the attacks focus on state employees; tomorrow it will be teachers. We can’t allow Connecticut to become the next Wisconsin.

Click here to contact your legislators and tell them to protect our rights.


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.

New this year: One Day Conference Option: Wednesday, August 2. Please view the Summer Leadership Brochure to see your training and overnight accommodation options prior to registering.

CEA MEMBERS SAVE MORE AT BJ’S WHOLESALE CLUB

Pay only $35 for an annual two-person membership (regularly priced at $50). Get details by clicking the Shopping tab at http://www.cea.org/memberbenefits/discounts/


CEA TEACHER APPRECIATION DAYS AT YARD GOATS BASEBALL

The Hartford Yard Goats are holding two CEA Teacher Appreciation Days this summer, July 29 and August 11, with discounted tickets and fireworks after each game. Get more information at http://www.cea.org/memberbenefits/discounts/