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Retired Teachers Urged to Speak Up and Vote
CEA Retired President Gloria Brown told retired teachers, "This is an extremely important election."
September 10, 2018
"Today is a very special day—not only because we're here together in an air conditioned space instead of in a hot and humid classroom," CEA President Jeff Leake told members of CEA-Retired, who had gathered for their annual fall conference on an especially hot and stifling September 6. "Today is a particularly special day for us to commemorate because, 40 years ago on the first day of school, only 36 of Bridgeport's 1,247 teachers showed up for work."
Leake continued, "Let us remember today what those striking Bridgeport teachers did for this union and teachers across the state. They stood strong, supported by our members from across the state. They were stronger together, and they did not give up."
CEA President Jeff Leake wore his Red for Ed t-shirt in support of teachers across the country as he addressed CEA-Retired members at their fall conference at the Aqua Turf in Southington. (Click image for larger version)
Wearing his Red for Ed t-shirt in support of teachers across the country, Leake told retired teachers, "When I talk to teachers today, I ask them, 'What will our colleagues be saying about us 40 years from now? Will they say we defended public education from those who wanted to destroy it? Will they say we triumphed over the assault on collective bargaining? Will they be able to say we did not give up?'"
Retired Southington teacher Bob Brown, chair of CEA's Political Action Committee, reminded his fellow CEA-Retired members just how much the outcome of the election this November will matter for schools and public education.
"This is by far the most important election for public school teachers in Connecticut in our lifetime," Brown said. "The new governor and legislature will debate and determine the future of public education, collective bargaining, and our pensions. Many states have gone after teacher pensions in recent years, and Connecticut could be next."
"Find out what the people running in your state districts stand for. Get involved in campaigns," said CEA-Retired President Gloria Brown.
"Please vote and encourage everyone you know to vote," said Bob Brown.
Bob Brown added that the CEA Government Relations department has worked hard to compile report cards on candidates running for office this November and will be releasing those soon.
"There is no perfect candidate," he said. "These are real people with better and worse records. Make sure you know where they stand and how they've voted."
NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia recorded a special video message for CEA-Retired members that Gloria Brown played for her colleagues.
"You know better than anyone that it's going to take more than outrage to win the elections this fall," Eskelsen Garcia told retirees. "We've got to show up and hold our elected leaders accountable. We've got to show up with our voice and our vote."
"It's going to take all of us," said Leake. "Active members, retired members, and student members working together to put lawmakers in office who support students and teachers."
Eskelsen Garcia continued, "Keep fighting, stand up, and stay united. As we tackle the challenges before us, let's not lose sight of who we are or where we come from."
There are those, including current U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who argue that spending more on public education doesn't lead to better outcomes. School finance expert and Rutgers Professor Bruce Baker begs to differ, and he has research to back his position up.
Teachers are a selfless group who choose their profession because of a love for children and teaching, not for any expectation of accolades or honors. And that makes those times teachers are recognized and have a chance to be in the spotlight all the more special.
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.
Teachers have a lot to say on issues 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.
Speaking to hundreds of students at Harding High School in Bridgeport today, Governor Ned Lamont encouraged his audience to pursue a career in teaching and be role models for the next generation of students.
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.
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."
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.
At a public hearing of the legislature's Education Committee today, classroom teachers—along with CEA leaders and staff—gave powerful testimony urging lawmakers to address the crisis of violent student behavior in rural, urban, and suburban schools throughout the state.
Teachers, CEA leaders, and staff testified before the Connecticut General Assembly's Black and Puerto Rican Caucus on issues critical to teachers this legislative session. These issues included school climate, classroom safety, the persistent shortage of ethnic minority educators, and funding for public schools.
CEA supports sensible ways of assisting the state in its efforts to make up for decades of underfunding teachers' retirement, including the governor and treasurer's plan to smooth out the state's payments to the fund over a longer period of time and lower the investment earning assumption to a more realistic rate.
"We reject the idea of cutting our way to prosperity. That has never worked," said Connecticut AFL-CIO President Sal Luciano. His remarks came at a press conference yesterday where members of the labor community, including CEA, called on the state to adopt a pro-growth, investment budget.
Project Oceanology and New England Science and Sailing are partnering to offer "Sound Education: Working with NGSS and STEM in Long Island Sound". This is a FREE two-day PD event from April 5 - April 6 for teachers in grades 4-12, with overnight accommodations provided in Project Oceanology's waterfront hostel.
Legislation passed late in 2015 made many "tax extenders" semi-permanent, but there are still a few esoteric items that keep everyone on tenterhooks when, as once again this year, Congress fails to pass the tax bill by the end of the year.
Marks the inauguration of a new governor and the beginning of the 2019 session of the Connecticut General Assembly. It's likely to be a busy session with many issues for legislators to tackle over these next five months.