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Students and Teachers Biggest Losers in Budget Crisis: Legislators Urged to Pass a Budget That Invests in Education
August 15, 2017
Cutting school programs, laying off teachers and administrators, diminishing resources, and increasing class
sizes. These are just some of the actions school districts across Connecticut have already taken to prepare for
the start of the school year without a state budget.
Today, outside Maloney High School in Meriden, CEA, AFT, teachers, parents, students, and a coalition of
superintendents, boards of education, and school business officials held a news conference. They detailed how
students are being hurt by the budget impasse and the chaos it is creating as schools prepare for a new year
with tremendous uncertainty and without critical funding.
Kindergarten teacher and Groton Education Association President Beth Horler said her district has already
had to close an elementary school and cut 22 teaching positions. (Click image for larger version)
Groton kindergarten teacher and local Association President Beth Horler said her district has already cut its
school budget by $3 million, closed an elementary school, cut 22 teaching positions and four administrators, and
reorganized the para support for the neediest students.
In Bridgeport, local Association President Gary Peluchette said ten literacy coaches have already been
eliminated, as well as an alternative education program for at-risk students.
Horler said additional funding cuts would be beyond devastating, not only to Groton, but to the entire state.
"Further cuts in Groton would result in extremely large class sizes, cuts in sports programs, cuts in
afterschool programs, and the elimination of pre-kindergarten."
Horler and Peluchette joined other teachers, education stakeholders, and the What Will Our Children Lose
Coalition calling on legislators to pass a budget that invests in children and education.
"Connecticut's system of funding public education does not work and hurts our children—especially our must
vulnerable students in the state's poorest communities," said Peluchette. "We need an identifiable, stable, and
reliable source of funding the state's constitutional obligation to provide educational opportunities to all of
Connecticut's public school students."
Bridgeport Education Association President Gary Peluchette said the state must fund public schools
responsibly and reliably. (Click image for larger version)
Peluchette said the state must create CARES, the Connecticut Achievement and Resource Equity in Schools
Commission, to provide ongoing analysis and recommendations regarding funding public schools.
Middletown teacher Steve McKeever said something must be done because continually trying to balance the budget
on the backs of students, teachers, and school districts is never a good idea.
"Districts can't absorb millions of dollars in cuts and would be forced to lay off teachers, and that would have
a negative impact on students. We are not talking about other children. We are talking about every single child
in our state," said McKeever.
"We need to move forward on a good budget for our children," said Fran Rabinowitz, executive director of the
Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents. Rabinowitz conducted a survey of 30 school districts
and found that 67 positions have already been eliminated and 372 have been placed on hold.
"It's not about a job, it's about our students and families," said Meriden Public Schools Superintendent Mark
Benigni. "We are concerned that we may have to collapse classes, cut teachers, and move students around during
the middle of the year. This should not be happening."
"It's time for Connecticut to understand that schools are the most important thing we can invest in, and that's
what we need the legislature to move forward on and do," said Chris Wilson, the chairman of the Bristol Board of
The stakeholders told legislators that it is time to come together, fix this problem, and create a budget that
invests in public education.
"Schools can't rely on what's been happening, they need certainty, stability, and a basis on which to plan for
now and the future. The later the budget is, the more our schools will suffer. We need to have a budget," said
Connecticut Association of Boards of Education Executive Director Bob Rader.
Michelle Harrold, a Tolland parent of three school-aged children and Board of Education member urged legislators
to work together.
"Please pass the budget. Get in a room and talk to each other and figure this out."
Oklahoma educators, support professionals, parents, students, and community members have been
PACKING the Oklahoma State Capitol this week to speak up on behalf of Oklahoma's children! Can you support
them by buying them lunch?
Teachers from Avon, Bloomfield, Cheshire, Clinton, Cornwall, Coventry, East Hartford, Killingly,
Manchester, Mansfield, Newington, Norwich, Tolland, Trumbull, and Waterbury—as well as retired educators
from around the state—participated in the student-led March for Our Lives ast the nation's capital.
Chanting "enough is enough" and "we want gun control now," students, teachers, parents, and
community members marched from the Corning Fountain in Bushnell Park to the steps of the State Capitol for
the March For Our Lives Rally.
As surprising as it may sound, students biting, kicking, throwing furniture, and hurting other
students and teachers has become common in schools across Connecticut, CEA Program Development Specialist
Robyn Kaplan-Cho told WTIC's Ray Dunaway during an appearance on his radio show.
Although it was after ten o'clock last night by the time the legislature' Education Committee heard
public testimony on a bill to help ensure classroom safety and address student assaults, CEA members and
staff made sure they were present to testify so that legislators could hear their stories.
Teachers and school staff in Amity, Darien, East Haddam, Marlborough, Manchester, Stamford, West
Hartford, and elsewhere throughout the state gathered in their schools' parking lots and snowy courtyards in
a show of support and solidarity for communities ravaged by school gun violence.
Its a busy day at the legislatures Education Committee, with senate and house members hearing from
the public on bills that cover a range of topics from remedial reading instruction to virtual learning to
Education Savings Accounts.
The Oklahoma Education Association announced on Tuesday night that schools would shut down across
the state if the state legislature does not pass a $10,000 pay raise for teachers and increased funding for
schools by April 23.
Thank you to all of you who sent messages of support to our West Virginia colleagues. They have
stood in solidarity and made their voices heard to demand recognition of their professionalism and
In one of the city's largest public forums—with a crowd of over 200—more than 60
Shelton teachers shared their concerns and ideas regarding school safety with colleagues, administrators,
and community members.
Raising the state sales and gas taxes, eliminating the estate and gift taxes, selectively raising
business taxes, eliminating collective bargaining for state workers, and reforming the Teachers' Retirement
System are just a few of the recommendations released today by the Commission on Fiscal Stability and
CEA leaders were joined by labor leaders from across the state and legislators in speaking out to
protect the rights and freedom of workers to negotiate together and fight for decent and equitable pay,
affordable health care, quality schools, and vibrant communities.
February 26 marked the kick off of the Connecticut Education Foundation's 2018 Read Across America
Reading Bus Tour, featuring a 38-foot bus decorated with characters from popular Dr. Seuss books and
outfitted with bookshelves, benches, carpeting, and 3,000 donated books.
CEA joined with the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) and the Connecticut
Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) in a press conference at East Hartford High School
demanding meaningful legislative action on school safety.
The State Board of Education today listened to teachers' concerns about fairness in education
funding and responded by rejecting increases in enrollment for three charter schools that would have cost
the state $627,000.
Though his opening address to the 2018 General Assembly emphasized Connecticut's tradition of
fairness and the state's future generations, the governor's new budget proposal delivers mixed news for
Connecticut students, teachers, and schools.
While Governor Malloy's message in his address to the General Assembly emphasized Connecticut's
tradition of fairness and concern for future generations, his budget proposal is anything but fair for
Connecticut's students and public schools.
Kim Sweeney is the winner of a nine-day NEA Adventures prize package summer vacation to Costa Rica.
The trip—the grand prize in CEA Member Benefits' first-ever "Explore & Score" eight-week
sweepstakes—includes meals, hotel accommodations, and tours of a cloud forest, hot springs, and
A change to the retired teachers' health insurance program that was adopted by the State Teachers'
Retirement Board (TRB) this month will impact retired teachers and spouses who are on—or will soon be
on&mdsah;the TRB's Medicare supplement (65 and older) plan.
Public officials are elected to represent the interests of local residents, but members of the
Stratford Board of Education abdicated their responsibility to town residents by shutting them out of a
State Supreme Court ruling in the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding (CCJEF) v.
Rell delivered a mixed verdict—bad for school funding, while rejecting the lower court's attempt to
create burdensome schemes for testing, teacher evaluation, and education policy.