A Message from NEA edjustice

Congress failed to find a permanent legislative solution for our nation’s Dreamers.

Enough is enough. The time is now for Republican leaders to stop playing politics with the lives of Dreamers. By failing to seize the opportunity to protect Dreamers, they leave behind a trail of unmeasurable uncertainty and anxiety among students, educators, and families. Not taking action now—when there are bipartisan compromises in the Senate and the House, supported by an overwhelming majority of Americans—is irresponsible, unjust and puts the lives of young people at risk.

This is not the America we know and this is no way to govern.

The consequences of inaction are hurting real people. One hundred and twenty DACA recipients are losing their protected status each day that goes by without action. More than 15,000 DACA recipients have already lost their protected status—including educators—due completely to the cruel and anti-immigrant action by Donald Trump to revoke that protection.

It is time for Congress to get to work on solving the pressing matters before our nation. The laundry list of unresolved issues is long and growing. Whether kicking the can down the road about how to pay the federal government’s bills, finding a permanent legislative fix to protect Dreamers, providing insurance for millions of low-income children and thousands of pregnant women, funding disaster relief, or failing to keep the federal government open, the fault lies with Trump and Congressional Republican leaders.

Tell Trump and the Republicans leaders enough is enough.

Sample tweets: 

  • Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress have shut down the government to feed @realDonaldTrump’s anti-immigrant agenda. The majority of Americans want solutions for #Dreamers and #CHIP!
  • Congress: #DoYourJob, open the government & pass a clean #DreamActNow! Our students, our teachers, our future is on the line.
  • Young immigrants across the country need a Dream Act. Trump shut down the government because of hate and racism. #TrumpShutdown. Stop playing with the lives of immigrant youth. Pass a #DreamActNow!

In solidarity,
The NEA EdJustice Team

CEAGo Special Edition: CCJEF Ruling Fails Connecticut Students

CCJEF Ruling Fails Connecticut Students

Strikes down overreaching mandates but allows state to continue underfunding schools

Wednesday’s State Supreme Court ruling in the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding (CCJEF) v. Rell delivered a mixed verdict—bad for school funding, while rejecting the lower court’s attempt to create burdensome schemes for testing, teacher evaluation, and education policy.

The key issue in the CCJEF case was whether school funding in Connecticut is adequate. On this issue, the Court found that state funding meets the minimally adequate level required. This finding flies in the face of mounting evidence of poorly funded and resourced public schools throughout the state, especially in high poverty communities.

“This decision fails to protect education funding,” said CEA President Sheila Cohen. “Communities all over Connecticut have already seen the state withdraw from its obligation to fund our public schools,” Cohen observed. “Rather than protect the quality of education in our communities, this decision allows the governor and the legislature to continue to slash funding to our schools and children.”

While Connecticut’s schools and students on the whole do well compared to those in other states and countries, high-poverty districts have continuing challenges and achievement gaps as well as fewer resources and local revenues to support their schools.

The decision also rejected an attempt by the lower court judge to usurp the authority of the governor, legislature, and state department of education in setting educational policy and mandates on a variety issues. The State Supreme Court found no legal or constitutional authority for the judge to assume such authority.

“If Connecticut is to be an educational leader now and in the future,” said Cohen, “it will require that elected officials honor their duty to provide the equitable funding and resources all children deserve.” She added, “CEA stands ready to work with educational partners toward this goal of fully funding our public schools. The future of our students and our state depend on it.”

Read Supreme Court Ruling

It’s Time to Give All We’ve Got

When I walk into school every day, I know I will be faced with challenges and I am ready to tackle them – to find solutions and make things happen for my colleagues and students. But these days, I am uncertain if or how long I will be able to continue the life I have built with my family, friends, students, and my community.

You see, I’m an educator, a problem solver, an advocate – and I am also a DREAMER.

Can I count on you to join the NEA EdJustice rapid response text program and support Dreamers like me at this critical time?

Hugo A. helps a colleague in the school computer lab at Metro Tech High School in Phoenix.

Since September, when President Trump declared an end to the DACA program, 800,000 young people like me have been living in fear, not knowing what our future holds. Almost 15,000 people have lost their status already and the clock is ticking. Every day without a solution is another day that more than 100 young people lose their protections, leaving them vulnerable to deportation.

Next week, Congress will decide whether or not they will act to protect Dreamers like me who know no other home than the United States.

Click here to add your name to the rapid response text program. 

The American people and a bipartisan majority in Congress want a permanent solution to protect Dreamers. But it won’t happen unless we flood the phone lines over the next week. Add your name to the rapid response team so we can connect you to your Member of Congress at just the right time. 

Your actions so far have filled me with hope. But we can’t let up now. Our voices are powerful – and if we stand united over the next nine days, I believe we can win. Will you stand with us? 

In solidarity,

Hugo A.
Metro Tech High School
Phoenix, AZ

CEAGo January 11, 2018


CEA and AFTCT leaders sent a letter urging legislators to hold a special session, prior to the start of the regular on Feb. 7 to restore education funding cut by the governor.

• Read the letter to legislators.

• Read the story.


The Janus case, now before the U.S. Supreme Court, is an effort to weaken unions—and the protections that help safeguard teachers’ salaries, benefits, and rights. Attend an upcoming CEA County Forum in your area and learn how you can help continue to protect teachers’ hard-won salaries and benefits.

Attend a free screening of Backpack Full of Cashon Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m. in New London. Narrated by Matt Damon, whose mother is teacher, the movie, explores the real cost of privatizing public schools.  Click here for details.

Attend CEA Teacher Appreciation Day at the Bridgeport Sound Tigers hockey game on Saturday, Feb. 10. Click here for details.


Save hundreds on things you buy every day. Visit cea.org/mb for teacher deals and discounts you never knew you had. Now through the end of January, enter to win weekly raffle prizes and the chance to win a grand prize guided-tour vacation package from NEA Member Benefits.

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Retirement Reminder

Just a reminder:  According to your NTL contract, if you are planning to retire this year, the following sick time payout applies.

Percentage and Per Diem of Retirement Benefits

Effective upon the retirement of a teacher who is eligible for immediate retirement benefits under Chapter 167 of the Connecticut General Statutes, the teacher shall be paid seventy-five percent (75%) of his/her accumulated sick leave.  Teachers must provide written notice of intent to retire to the Superintendent prior to February 1st in the fiscal year the retirement is effective.  If notice of retirement is given prior to February 1st, the teacher shall receive such payment at the beginning of the next fiscal year.  In the event notice of retirement is given on or after February 1st, the teacher shall receive such payment at the beginning of the second fiscal year following such notice of retirement.  Such payment shall be made at the rate of fifty dollars ($50.00) per day.

Important Message Regarding Insurance Waivers

If you are an employee who annually waives insurance, and are eligible for an insurance waiver payment, kindly complete the 2018 insurance waiver form.
All forms must be completed and returned to my attention with copies of your current insurance cards by January 31, 2018.  
If you have any questions, please let me know.
Thank you,
Melissa Massicotte