U.S. Congresswoman Jahana Hayes returned to the school in Waterbury where she taught for fifteen years to highlight legislation she has introduced to keep guns out of classrooms.
Wearing #RedForEd T-shirts, several hundred Waterbury teachers showed their strength as a union, their dedication to their profession, and their value to the community they serve when they packed a March 7 Waterbury Board of Education meeting.
From being attacked with a knife to being stabbed with a pencil, threatened with scissors and punched in the face—teachers shared their shocking stories of violent student behavior with legislators.
Watch their emotional stories and read testimony submitted by hundreds of teachers.
Teachers share stories of violent behavior in Connecticut classrooms, call on legislators to help students, keep schools safe.
Teachers across Oregon say they are seeing outbursts and disruptive behavior from students at an unprecedented rate and the alarming trend has caused many of them to question if they can continue to provide a safe learning environment.
Is this happening in your classroom? Tell us your story.
Read the Report | Watch the Video | Oregon Teachers Speak Out
CEA is working closely with newly elected and appointed officials on legislation critical to you and your profession. Ensuring classroom safety, protecting teacher pensions, and strengthening public school funding are some of the top issues for teachers. In this short video, CEA Executive Director Don Williams explains what to expect.
Watch the Video CEA: Your Union Advantage
Watch the video - The Union Advantage: Strong unions vs. weak
Hear stories from your colleagues, including North Haven Teacher Amy Alessi who once taught in Arizona where union strength has been eroded.
We are grateful to Congresswoman Jahana Hayes for standing up for students and her colleagues here in Connecticut and across the country and saying no to guns in our schools.
Once again, the Connecticut Education Foundation's Board of Directors invites you to support the Children's Fund by joining Association members and CEA staff at the 25th Annual Hands Across the Green Golf Tournament on Monday, July 15.
CEA sends condolences to the family, friends, and constituents of State Rep. Ezequiel Santiago.
Community schools, minority teacher recruitment and retention, the opportunity gap, and school literacy were just some of the issues members of the legislature's Education Committee heard public input.
"Our students would only benefit from having more opportunities to learn about the culture, struggles, and contributions of African-Americans and Latinos throughout history," Waterbury teacher Sean Mosley told the legislature's Education Committee
"Teachers become teachers because we want to help kids," says Danbury building rep Lori Woodruff. "It's the same with our union—we are here to help each other. As teachers, when we're involved with the union we can do more to help one another."
Teachers' livelihoods and retirement security as well as educational outcomes for students are top priorities for the state's largest teachers union.
What's on teachers' agendas this legislative session? Find out in the February-March edition of the CEA Advisor.
Connecticut Education Foundation's (CEF) second annual Read Across America Reading Bus Tour kicked off on February 25, featuring a customized blue bus decorated with well-known Dr. Seuss characters and outfitted with bookshelves, benches, carpeting, and hundreds of new books.
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