CEA Summer Leadership Conference – July 31-August 2, 2017

CALL NOW: Dangerous Healthcare Bill

A small group of Republican senators have been working behind closed doors to take health care away from millions of American families. Details are starting to emerge and, like the horrible bill that recently passed the House, the Senate bill will radically cut Medicaid and undermine protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
They are trying to rush through a vote NEXT WEEK without any chance for public input or hearings. We can’t let that happen. Right now is the time for you to speak up.
This plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act is just cruel. It would slash and cap Medicaid, and as many as 24 million Americans of all stripes, including educators and their families, will lose their care or find themselves suddenly unable to afford coverage. They will create all of this suffering while giving massive tax cuts to the extraordinarily wealthy.
Please make a call today. Senators have told us their phones aren’t ringing, even with a vote rapidly approaching on a bill that would make such a huge difference in the lives of millions. Your senators need to hear from you. Our students, educators, and communities are depending on us to stop this.
Lily Eskelsen García
President
National Education Association

End of Legislative Session – A Message from CEA

The legislative session ended last week without a new state budget, prompting a special session this summer to address the issue. We expect to face some fights in the coming weeks, as legislators negotiate budget plans behind closed doors, not giving us an open dialogue regarding proposals. That means we won’t have a lot of time to react and take action.

We need to be ready to fight back against any proposals that attack teachers, disregard the needs of our students, or ignore the resources our public schools require.

The state should not balance the budget on the backs of students, teachers, and communities. But some legislators’ schemes involve shifting the cost of teacher retirement to cities and towns, increasing teacher contributions to our pensions, and other harmful proposals. These proposals mean less money for our schools, higher contributions from teachers, and higher property taxes.

From teacher pensions to cuts in education funding, we know politicians have all of us in their crosshairs. We must be vigilant to ensure that legislators don’t try to pass a budget that would negatively impact us.

I know that school will be out within days and that you are looking forward to some well-deserved time off. But I encourage you to stay connected to each other, to your local Association, and to CEA.

Please be ready to take action immediately when we reach out to you so that collectively we can urge legislators to put the needs of public education ahead of politics.

When we reach out to you, please be sure to read our emails and take a stand by making a phone call, sending an email, or meeting with your legislators. I need you—and every one of our colleagues—to stand up for our students and our profession.

There is truly too much at risk to do nothing or to rely on someone else to do it for you.

Keep Your Promise Rally Postponed

Given the uncertainty and continually changing elements of the state budget, we are postponing our Keep Your Promise Rally scheduled for May 18.

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

Our thanks to all of you for your advocacy and willingness to fight for what is right. There is much more work to do before the session ends on June 7.

Watch for a call to action from CEA in the coming days and weeks, as we stand ready to fight against any attacks on our students, our profession, and our future.

We need you to continue to join with your colleagues in engaging your legislators on these important issues.

We are stronger together.

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.

 

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 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.

Get Up! Stand Up! Rise Up!

edjustice

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.

 

DREAM

   

 
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