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March 29, 2018
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NO MORE ATTACKS ON TEACHERS

Your voice can make the difference in passing new laws to prevent assaults on teachers. Call your legislators today and tell them to vote for SB 453: AAC Classroom Safety and Disruptive Behavior, to ensure schools are safe places to work and learn.

Tell them to pass SB 453 to prevent assaults on teachers

ROLL BACK THE TEACHER TAX AND FUND OUR SCHOOLS

CEA is leading the charge in advocating for repealing the teacher tax and fully funding our schools, but legislators need to hear from you.

TAKE ACTION NOW

Contact Your Legislators

Tell them why the teacher tax is unfair and ask them to support HB 5430 AAC Teachers' Retirement Commission Contributions and roll back the 1% increase in the teacher payroll tax. Also, share stories about how budget cuts are hurting your students and ask your legislators to fund public education.

TEACHERS STAND UP AND MARCH

Thousands of teachers joined their students at the March for Our Lives Rallies in Washington, D.C., Hartford, and across Connecticut to spur Congressional action to keep our schools safe and end this epidemic of school violence.

Read about the teachers who went to the D.C. rally and view pictures.

Read about the teachers at the Hartford rally and view pictures.

SHINY APPLES

A shiny apple to members of the Education Committee who, after listening to heartfelt stories from teachers who have been assaulted by students, moved SB 453 forward so the entire legislature can vote on enacting policies to put an end to this troubling trend.

Education Committee Members: Senators: Gayle Slossberg, Toni Boucher, Beth Bye, Heather Somers, George Logan, Marilyn Moore, and Gary Winfield. Representatives: Andy Fleischmann, Robert Sanchez, Gail Lavielle, Andre Baker, Sam Belsito, Mitch Bolinsky, Juan Candelaria, Michelle Cook, Jeff Currey, Adam Dunsby, Michael Ferguson, Henry Genga, Robin Green, Carol Hall, Susan Johnson, Noreen Kokoruda, Timothy LeGeyt, Roland Lemar, Art Linares, Rick Lopes, Cristin McCarthy Vahey, Kathleen McCarty, Brandon McGee, Patricia Billie Miller, Bruce Morris, Cara Pavalock-D'Amato, Christopher Rosario, Bill Simanski, and Greg Stokes.

ROTTEN APPLES

A rotten apple to U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for only selecting cabinet members (no parents, teachers, or students) to serve on the nation's new school safety commission and for holding the first meeting behind closed doors.

The commission was formed after students demanded reforms to the nation's gun and school safety laws.

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 will discuss the importance of teacher leaders and administrators emphasizing creativity, collaboration, and innovation in classrooms and schools.

STAY INFORMED

From teacher retirement to school funding to ending aggressive student behavior, hear about the bills legislators are discussing that will impact your students, your profession, and your future. Attend a CEA County Forum and keep up-to-date on all the news you need to know.

CEA MEMBER DEALS & DISCOUNTS

PLAY BALL

Baseball season is starting, and we have your discounted seats to the Hartford Yard Goats CEA Teacher Appreciation Games. Join your colleagues at the ballpark on Saturday, May 5, Friday, July 27, and Friday August 24s. Tickets sell quickly, so get on the ball!