CEA advocates for teachers and public education. We've been a driving force in lobbying legislators
for the resources public schools need and campaigning for high standards for teachers and students.
Our proud history spans more than 150 years.
Whether it's your first time in the classroom or your sixth year, we are here with
all the resources early-career professionals need. We've got classroom management
and professional development ideas. We've got more ways to stretch your hard-earned
dollars. And we've got your back.
The Teacher Education and Mentoring Program (TEAM) is a two year induction program for
beginning teachers that includes mentorship and professional development. Beginning
teachers participating in the program are assigned a trained mentor to guide them
through developing individualized growth plans, uniquely based on their own needs as
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2019 Cost of Living Adjustments
February 19, 2019
Social Security has announced that they will be granting a cost of living increase of 2.8% for the year 2019. Based on the statutes governing Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA) for CTRB members, the Connecticut Teachers' Retirement Board will be granting COLA as follows.
CT TRB 2019 COLA
Members retired prior to September 1992
Members retired on or after September 1, 1992 and joined the system prior to July 1, 2007
Members retired on or after September 1, 1992 and joined the system on or after July 1, 2007
The Connecticut Teachers' Retirement Board provides for an annual cost of living adjustment (COLA) once a member has been retired for at least a minimum of nine months. COLA increases are paid in either January or July depending on the member's effective date of retirement. The annual COLA date for members retiring November through April is January and the annual COLA date for members retiring May through October is July.
Members who retired prior to September, 1992 and who receive their annual cost of living adjustment in January (not July) will receive an increase based on the National Consumer Price Index for the twelve month period ending on November 30th of the preceding year. Members who retired prior to September, 1992 and who receive their annual cost of living adjustment in July will receive an increase based on the National Consumer Price Index for the twelve month period ending on May 31st of the preceding year. The COLA increase ranges from a minimum of 3% to a maximum of 5% annually.
For members who retired on or after September 1, 1992 and joined the system prior to July 1, 2007, the COLA is calculated by using the cost of living adjustment granted by the Social Security Administration for the applicable year and the investment performance of the retirement fund for the preceding fiscal year, subject to a maximum of 6%. If the investment performance of the retirement fund for the preceding fiscal year is less than 8.5%, the cost of living adjustment will be capped at 1.5%.
For members who join the system on or after July 1, 2007, the cost of living adjustment will be based on the Social Security cost of living and the investment performance of the retirement fund for the prior fiscal year subject to a maximum of 5%. If the investment performance of the retirement fund is less than 8.5%, the cost of living adjustment will be capped at 1%. If the investment performance of the retirement fund for the prior fiscal year is between 8.5% and 11.5%, the cost of living will be capped at 3%. If the investment performance of the retirement fund is over 11.5%, the cost of living will be capped at 5%.
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.