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April 13, 2018
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YOUR HELP IS NEEDED

Read CEA President Sheila Cohen's important message about how you can help make the difference in passing new laws to prevent assaults on teachers. Your action is needed now to convince legislators to call the bill for a vote before the session ends on May 9.

Contact Your Legislators

'IT'S HARD TO FIGHT THE BILLIONAIRES'

Read longtime union leader Leo Canty's essay — "I'm Sticking with the Union," outlining why now more than ever union advocacy is critical to Connecticut's middle class.


CEA: YOUR UNION ADVANTAGE

Watch the video of Berlin teacher Kelly Dumas explaining the stark differences between starting her career in Las Vegas, where teachers were convinced to leave the union, and working in Connecticut with strong union support. Watch video.

SHINY APPLES

A shiny apple to legislators who have signed on as cosponsors to support SB 453 AAC Classroom Safety and Disruptive Behavior.

Rep. Bob Godfrey, Rep. Mary Mushinsky, Rep. Henry Genga, Sen. Anthony Guglielmo, and Rep. Bobby Gibson.

ROTTEN APPLES

Another rotten apple to U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. This week she is attacking striking Oklahoma teachers and trying to rollback anti-discrimination policies. Read what she said about striking teachers and racial bias guidelines.

ROTTEN APPLES

And a rotten apple to federal judicial nominee Wendy Vitter, who when questioned by Sen. Blumenthal, refused to say if she supports Brown v. Board of Education. Read more and watch the grilling.

FUNDING FOR SCHOOL SPORTS PROGRAMS'

Are you a high school or middle school coach? Click here to apply for a $1,000 grant from California Casualty. California Casualty, an NEA Member Benefits provider, has an athletics grant program to provide support to sports programs negatively impacted by reduced budgets. Read about the latest Connecticut school awarded the grant.

DON'T BE LEFT IN THE DARK

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UPCOMING EVENTS

TEACHER LEADER FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM INSTITUTE

Sign up now to attend the second annual Teacher Leader Fellowship Program Institute on May 22 at Central Connecticut State University. Internationally known and influential education thinkers - Dr. Peter Gamwell and Dr. Pasi Sahlberg - will discuss the importance of teacher leaders and administrators emphasizing creativity, collaboration, and innovation in classrooms and schools.

CEA MEMBER DEALS & DISCOUNTS

Hey, theatergoers! From the magic of Disney's Lion King and The Illusionists to the conga beat of On Your Feet, CEA members save on Broadway's best at The Bushnell.

Root, root, root for the home team at the Hartford Yard Goats' CEA Teacher Appreciation Days. Free buttons, fireworks, and more! Hurry—tickets sell out fast