The legislative session ended at midnight last night, and, thanks to our advocacy, a number of bills of importance to teachers were passed. Watch Executive Director Don Williams's video summary.
Find out how your legislators voted on the budget bill, which contained the reamortization of the pension plan. The bill now goes to the governor, who has said he will sign it. Click here to see how your senators voted. Click here for the House vote.
Public schools will be receiving more funding under the new budget plan passed this week. ECS funding will increase by $116 million over the biennial budget.
A Shiny Apple to State Treasurer Shawn Wooden, Governor Lamont, and legislators who supported legislation that strengthened the teacher retirement fund, ensuring the long-term viability of the fund for years to come.
Your advocacy and support had an enormous impact on challenges to our pension fund and school funding. Because all of us stood strong together, we achieved victories on these and other bills that are critical to our students, our profession, and public education.
The tireless efforts of CEA members, staff, and leaders helped defeat a plan that would have shifted the cost of teacher retirement onto cities and towns. That plan would have raised property taxes and cut school resources.
CEA was at the forefront of this important bill designed to recruit more minority teachers to the profession. The bill expands teacher certification reciprocity with other states and includes new hiring policies to put more minority teachers in the classroom. Read story.
A Rotten Apple to the legislators who continue to attack collective bargaining and teachers' rights to negotiate for fair wages, benefits, and working conditions.
The legislative session is over, and school will be out soon. Take time for yourself this summer and include CEA's free summer conference in your plans. Attend workshops on retirement planning, letting go of stress, using your personality to become more effective, and more. Register now.