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Teachers to Legislators: This Is What We Need

Make your voice heard at back-home meetings with elected officials

Teachers have a lot to say on issues ranging from their pensions to classroom safety this legislative session, which is why local associations around Connecticut are meeting with their legislators and making their voices heard.

"Politicians make decisions that affect our students and our profession," says Hamden Education Association Vice President David Abate. "Sitting back and waiting isn't a solution. I don't like politics, but for legislators to know what's going on in our schools, they have to hear from teachers."

Abate was one of 30 Hamden teachers who came out after school last week to meet with Representatives Mike D'Agostino and Josh Elliott, Senator George Logan, and Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney. Teachers shared what's happening in their classrooms and gave their feedback on education proposals before the legislature.

Similar meetings with legislators are scheduled to take place in South Windsor, Putnam, Montville, and other towns, and teachers are strongly encouraged to attend and make their voices heard. To set up a back-home meeting with your legislators, contact CEA's Chris Donovan at

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