Credit Union Members get Musical Theater Ticket Discounts!

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 forAnnie 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 April 17, 2017

CALL TO ACTION: TELL LEGISLATORS TO KEEP THE PROMISE

Legislators, including the Democratic Leadership in both the Senate and the House, are pushing for the approval of a scheme to shift a portion of teacher retirement costs from the state to cities and towns. This shift would impact our retirement, our jobs, our students, and the way our schools are funded.

Tell your legislators to Keep the Promise and vote NO on any state budget plan that shifts the cost of teacher retirement contributions from the state to cities and towns across Connecticut.

Click here to contact your legislators

SPEAK TO YOUR LEGISLATORS IN PERSON

Attend a County Forum and tell legislators how their ill-conceived plan to shift pension costs to cities and towns would lead to school funding cuts, hurting teachers and students.

Click here for a list of upcoming County Forums

POLITICAL INSANITY: GREENWICH GETS MORE EDUCATION FUNDING THAN NAUGATUCK

A rotten apple to legislative leaders who are making school funding plans all about politics, not what’s best for students, teachers, and public education.POLITICAL INSANITY: GREENWICH GETS MORE EDUCATION FUNDING THAN NAUGATUCK

TEACHERS’ VOICES HEARD

A shiny apple to State Board of Education members who acted on teachers’ concerns by voting to prohibit the use of state mastery test scores in evaluating teacher performance.

Read CEA’s statement

Read CT Mirror article

Read the “purpose of the state mastery test” statement


MESSAGE TO POLICYMAKERS: DON’T FOLLOW KANSAS, WISCONSIN, AND LOUISIANA

Connecticut lawmakers have introduced numerous anti-union and anti-middle class bills that are bad for Connecticut. Read why these would hurt our economy and our way of life.

Read story


NO PLANS FOR THE WEEKEND? ATTEND EDUCATOR’S WEEKEND AT MYSTIC SEAPORT

Teachers and their families (up to four people) will receive free admission to Mystic Seaport this coming weekend, Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23, 2017. Don’t miss this special opportunity to explore the museum and learn more about educational programs. Staff will be on hand to discuss program offerings and answer questions. Click here for details.


ATTEND A FREE MOVIE SCREENING AND DISCUSSION

Attend a free dinner, screening, and discussion of the Academy Award-nominated documentary 13th, which explores issues of race, justice, and mass incarceration. The April 27 event is free for CEA members. Click here for information.

PLAY BALL: YARD GOATS HOST CEA TEACHER APPRECIATION DAYS

Save the dates! The Hartford Yard Goats are holding two CEA Teacher Appreciation Days this summer, with discounted tickets and fireworks after each game.

• Saturday, July 29, at 6:35 PM versus the Reading Fightin Phils

• Friday, August 11, at 7:05 PM versus the Harrisburg Senators

Look for details in an upcoming email.

SOARING THROUGH THE TREES

CEA members and their families save nearly 40 percent at The Adventure Park. Hike the woodland trails or try their aerial ropes courses and zip lines. To take advantage of your CEA discount at The Adventure Park in Bridgeport, click here. For the Storrs park, visit https://storrsadventurepark.com/cea2017/.

Get Up! Stand Up! Rise Up!

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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

Test scores eliminated from teacher evaluations

CEA Urges Action on Supreme Court Nominee

Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch’s record of siding against students with disabilities is troubling enough. But when senators on the Judiciary Committee confronted Judge Gorsuch about it, his responses raised more serious concern:
 
Exposed! Supreme Court nominee wrong for students


We can’t have a Supreme Court justice who believes students with disabilities deserve the bare minimum when it comes to education and then isn’t forthright about his rulings when asked.

Senators are voting TODAY to advance Gorsuch’s nomination out of committee. It’s more urgent than ever to email to tell your senators to vote NO on Neil Gorsuch.

 

Judge Gorsuch has ruled against students with disabilities in 8 out of 10 cases. InMuskrat v. Deer Creek Public Schools, he held that confining disabled students in a windowless closet as a form of punishment did not “shock the conscience.”

See for yourself. Watch and email your senators now.

The bottom line is that Judge Gorsuch’s rulings have made it harder for students to get the services and learning environment that are most appropriate for them. Our students deserve better.

Take two minutes to send an email to your senators. Tell them to vote NO on Neil Gorsuch.

Alice O’Brien

NEA General Counsel

CEAGo April 3, 2017

PEAC ACTS ON TEACHERS’ CONCERNS REGARDING EVALUATIONS

A shiny apple to PEAC members who acted on teachers’ concerns by voting to remove state mastery test scores from teacher evaluations. The Performance Evaluation and Advisory Council made that recommendation to the State Board of Education, who will vote on the issue on April 5.

Read CEA’s statement and what this means for teachers.

Read the “purpose of the state mastery test” statement.

Watch some of CEA President Sheila Cohen’s comments at the PEAC meeting.


DON’T MISS THIS…
AN ILL-CONCEIVED PLAN THAT WOULD HURT TEACHERS AND STUDENTS IS GAINING SUPPORT FROM LEGISLATORS.

The plan would shift teacher retirement pension costs to cities and towns, leading to cuts in our schools. Speak Out. Attend a CEA County Forum and tell your legislators what you think about plans to balance the budget on the backs of students and teachers.

Read CT Mirror article

LEGISLATORS STICK IT TO STUDENTS AND TAXPAYERS

A rotten apple to legislators who don’t care about students or wasting millions of taxpayer dollars earmarked for classrooms. These legislators voted against a bill that would require charter management organizations to stop operating under a veil of secrecy and profiting off taxpayer dollars meant for students.

See which legislators didn’t stand up for students or taxpayers.

Read CEA’s news release: CMOs Cheating Students and Wasting Connecticut Taxpayer Dollars.

CMO executive pay increased $100K in five years.

Read CT News Junkie Article.


WHAT DO GORSUCH, SPECIAL EDUCATION & CCJEF HAVE IN COMMON?

They could be at the center of a Connecticut Supreme Court ruling. Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision that rejected one of Judge Gorsuch’s rulings against students with disabilities, and repudiated his reasoning in the case. The high court’s decision could impact the CCJEF appeal here in Connecticut. Read the story on blogcea.org.

APR Planning Your Retirement: It’s Never Too Early

Learn what you need to know about your retirement. Attend a CEA Retirement Workshop and hear about retirement eligibility, how Social Security may be affected, retiree health insurance, and choosing a retirement plan. Visit cea.org for more information.

CHECK OUT THESE NEW CEA MEMBER DEALS & DISCOUNTS

The Paper Store—a gift, fashion, and home decor retailer—now offers a discount program for CEA members. Register at www.thepaperstore.com/teacher and save 10% off all your in-store purchases, plus receive other special discounts and event invitations throughout the year.


THEATER, ANYONE?

CEA members save 10% to 30% on all Broadway shows at the Palace Theater in Waterbury. Use promo code CEA at palacetheaterct.org. Upcoming shows include Annie, Once, and Phantom of the Opera.

Statement from CEA President Sheila Cohen on PEAC’s Actions Regarding the Use and Purpose of Mastery Test Exam

CLICK HERE 

The Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC) yesterday took a giant step forward in addressing teachers’ concerns regarding the use of state mastery exam results in teacher evaluations. PEAC defined the clear use and purpose of the state mastery exam, agreeing that it should not be used to evaluate teachers.

PEAC unanimously agreed to recommend new guidelines to the State Board of Education that specifically define how mastery test scores can and cannot be used. The new guidelines say: “The state mastery test results can be used to inform goal setting and professional learning for appropriate educators, but cannot be used as a measure of goal attainment or in the calculation of the summative rating for an educator.” Click here to read the new guidelines or visit blogcea.org.

The recommendation now goes before the State Board of Education. We are hopeful that the SBOE will adopt PEAC’s recommendation at its April 5 meeting so that we can continue to move forward to improve the educational opportunities for all public school students in Connecticut.

 

Credit Union Offers Members Musical Theater Ticket Discounts

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:
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 March 20, 2017

TEACHERS SPEAK OUT TO PROTECT OUR RIGHTS

Fairfield teacher Bob Smoler told lawmakers to reject a special education bill that could jeopardize teachers’ ability to ensure safe and productive learning environments. Read the story at blogcea.org.

Hear Smoler’s comments about the importance of speaking out and read his testimony.

North Haven teacher Tom Marak shared teachers’ concerns regarding new graduation requirements. Read Marak’s testimony.

CEA’S LEGAL COUNSEL TAKES ACTION TO PROTECT TEACHERS FALSELY ACCUSED OF ABUSE OR NEGLECT

Read Chris Hankins’ testimony regarding DCF unsubstantiated reports.


DID YOU ATTEND?

Nearly 200 teachers participated in CEA’s Professional Development Workshops last weekend. Visit blogcea.org for event highlights.

CARES FUND WOULD PROVIDE ADEQUATE FUNDING FOR ALL PUBLIC SCHOOLS. CEA URGES LEGISLATORS TO ADOPT IT.

Read CEA’s news release and Executive Director Mark Waxenberg’s testimony.

Read about CARES.


A shiny apple to Rep. Matt Lesser for introducing legislation to protect teachers by requiring retirement plan salespeople to disclose conflicts of interest. The bill, HB 7161, would protect teachers’ retirement dollars. Read NY Times article.


A rotten apple to anti-public education corporate reformers who want charter management organizations to operate under a veil of secrecy profiting off taxpayer dollars meant for students. Read the CEA-endorsed bill urging the state to require transparency.

Read CEA’s news release: CMOs Cheating Students and Wasting Connecticut Taxpayer Dollars.

See CMO Executive Salaries.

UPCOMING EVENTS

APR
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Our Vision for the Future…Depends on All of Us

Attend a County Forum and share your concerns with legislators from your district. Join your colleagues and speak out on plans that would impact your retirement, your job, and the way your school is funded. Click here for the complete list of County Forums.


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New Teacher Conference

Don’t miss CEA’s New Teacher Conference featuring workshops just for teachers with less than 7 years of classroom experience. Register for this workshop.


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APR
Planning Your Retirement: It’s Never Too Early

Learn what you need to know about your retirement. Attend a CEA Retirement Workshop and hear about retirement eligibility, how Social Security may be affected, retiree health insurance, and choosing a retirement plan. Visit cea.org for more information.

SKIERS, GET YOUR LAST HURRAH

Spring may be here, but last week’s snowstorm dumped plenty of fresh powder across the state. Check out Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort’s 20 trails in Middlefield, where CEA members get 20% off 4-hour and 8-hour ski lift tickets. Present your CEA member ID card at the time of purchase.


NEW CONTACT FOR SPECIAL DEAL AT BJ’S WHOLESALE CLUB

BJ’s has announced a new contact person for CEA members looking to take advantage of the $35 annual two-person membership (regularly priced at $50). Contact Maggie Spada at 860-857-2958 or mspada@bjs.com to set up a CEA member account.