CEA County Forums Schedule

You’re Invited: CEA County Forums Start This Month

Hear the latest education news and developments from the State Capitol


The 2017 Connecticut General Assembly session opened on January 4. Find out what’s new and what’s brewing in public education policy, funding, and more.


Attend a CEA County Forum near you

County Date/Time Location Contact
Tolland January 24
4:30PM Registration
5:00PM Meeting
6:00PM Dinner
299 Boston Turnpike, Bolton
$30 for buffet dinner. Contact David Jedidian: djedi26@gmail.com
Windham January 25
4:30PM Registration
5:00PM Buffet
6:00PM Meeting
The Inn at Woodstock
94 Plane Hill Rd, Woodstock
Contact Deborah Crawford: deborah51667@yahoo.com
Litchfield January 26
4:30PM Registration
5:00PM Meeting
Crystal Peak
164 Torrington Road, Winchester
Contact Dan Wilbur: danielwilbur@gmail.com
Fairfield January 30
4:30PM Registration
5:00PM Meeting
Testo’s Restaurant
1775 Madison Ave, Bridgeport
$36 for guests. Contact Kim Patella: patellanmea@gmail.com
New London January 31
4:30PM Registration
5:00PM Meeting
262 Boston Post Road, Waterford
$30 for buffet. Contact Gretchen Noonan: mgngrn@sbcglobal.net
Middlesex February 1
4:30PM Registration
5:00PM Meeting
6:00PM Dinner
Baci Grill
134 Berlin Road, Route 372, Cromwell
$30 for members, $35 for guests. Contact Steve Archibald: arch8neca@aol.com
New Haven February 2
4:30PM Registration
5:00PM Meeting
480 Sherman Avenue, Hamden
Dinner available during forum for $30 per person. Contact Bill Jacobs: wjacobs913@yahoo.com
Hartford February 6
4:30PM Registration
5:00PM Meeting
6:00PM Dinner
65 Rye Street, South Windsor
$20 for buffet, free for first time attendee. Contact Mark Janick: mvjanick@gmail.com

Waterbury CT Teachers Federal Credit Union Members’ Document Shred & Food Drive Event Sat.4/8

We hope you will participate in our 4th Shred Hunger! event on April 8th from 9am – noon, at both branches.
Shred Hunger! is a Free Document Shredding & Food Drive Event! So, clear out your old tax documents, contracts & financial papers and have them shredded onsite by a professional Shred It! truck. And, bring some non-perishable foods to donate to the CT Food Bank.
When: Saturday, April 8th 9am – noon
Where: Middlebury & Danbury (Danbury branch closed during event)
Documents: up to 4 boxes/bags of paper per Member, for Professional Onsite Shredding

Non-perishable Food: 1+ food item/documents bag Non-perishables only. NO glass

Food Most Needed: (no glass containers)
* Canned vegetables & fruit
* Chunky soups & beef stew
* Tuna & other canned meat
* Gluten-free, Sugar free, low sodium, & no salt items
* Peanut butter
* Powdered milk
* Rice / dry & canned beans
* Spaghetti & sauce, Macaroni & cheese
* 100% Fruit Juice (cans/plastic bottles/boxes)


Waterbury CT Teachers Federal Credit Union 2017 Scholarship Program

2017 Scholarship Program

4 College Scholarships, for 2017 graduating high school seniors; students must be WCTFCU Members to apply.

*three $1,000 scholarships for graduating high school senior-members pursuing any college or university field of study

*one $2,000 Jean O’Brien Memorial Scholarship for a student with a declared education major.The O’Brien Memorial Scholarship is a 4 year scholarship that provides an additional $2,000 per year for up to 4 consecutive years of college ($8,000 total/winner)

Apply Online 24/7  It’s Easy!!

For details & to Apply click here.

Or go to wctfcu.com. Hover over the blue Resources Tab. In the green drop down menu, under Other Services, select Scholarships.
Complete the online form and upload your 3 documents:
1) Current Transcript
2) Essay What the WCTFCU Means To Me
3) Activities Resume
Application period ends May 15, 2017 
Eligibility & Selection of Scholarship Winners
High school seniors, who are members of the Waterbury CT Teachers Federal Credit Union are eligible. Not yet a member? Immediate family members of WCTFCU Members are eligible to join. Join now and apply for a scholarship!  
The Scholarship Committee, of the WCTFCU Board of Directors selects the winning students based upon the documents submitted. All applicants will be contacted prior to July 1st, regardless of whether or not they have won a scholarship.
Questions?   Call, click or stop-by!
Middlebury, 773 Straits Turnpike  203-758-9500
Danbury, 110 Federal Road  203-791-1117
T 800-992-2226       wctfcu.com

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
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


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


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 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.


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.

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.


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.


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.