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Standing Stronger Together, Stratford Teachers, Community Send Clear Message: No Teacher Layoffs
At a town budget meeting December 18, hundreds of teachers, students, and community members made their views
known by carrying signs and wearing stickers that said, "Cuts Hurt Kids," "Fund Public Schools," and "Every
Student Matters. Every Teacher Matters."
December 19, 2017
A tremendous turnout of Stratford educators, families, and CEA leaders and staff at a special budget meeting of
the new town council last night ensured that municipal leaders heard—and sent—a clear message to
Stratford's superintendent of schools: No teacher layoffs.
While the nine-member council ultimately voted 8-1 to accept a budget that includes $700,000 in education cuts,
they strongly denounced any plans to cut teachers' jobs. At issue was the superintendent's proposal to lay off
43 teachers, including half of the district's reading specialists, in the middle of the current school year.
One of those reading specialists, 21-year veteran Melanie Saxa, who teaches at Eli Whitney School, said, "The
idea of replacing teachers midway through the school year is so detrimental to our students. We are here showing
solidarity with teachers who may lose their jobs, and with our students, who deserve better than this." Saxa
said reading specialists play a key role in student outcomes, especially at the elementary level. "We have
advanced degrees and certifications, and we provide professional development for teachers on site on a daily
basis. Reading specialists build teacher capacity, and taking those positions away means setting our students
and our teachers up for failure."
"When students lose their teachers, that impacts their classroom environment and puts their learning at risk,
all in the middle of the school year," added Stratford Education Association (SEA) Secondary Vice President
Although the special budget meeting did not allow for public comment, community members turned out in force,
wearing stickers and holding signs protesting the threat of massive teacher layoffs as well as the potential
elimination or reduction of valuable educational programs and services. Voicing their opposition were nearly 600
teachers, students, parents, and community members—a crowd that exceeded capacity in the town hall,
forcing the budget meeting to relocate to Stratford High School.
Risking students' futures
Like nearly all public school districts, Stratford faces a budget deficit created primarily by cuts in state
aid. (One of the towns hardest hit by the governor's draconian cuts, Stratford stands to lose $2.89 million and
was the last town to pass a budget.) While teachers and parents say they understand the difficult decisions
facing Stratford town leaders, they stand firmly against cuts to teaching staff, proposed furlough days that
would close the entire school district, and other actions that threaten to erode their students' education.
"We are already doing more with less," said SEA President Michael Fiorello, "and our schools can't absorb more
cuts that would result in even fewer resources, the elimination of programs for students, larger class sizes, as
well as teacher layoffs and involuntary teacher transfers."
The first of several town councilors voicing his support for the hundreds of teachers gathered, Wali Kadeem
said, "As you know, education is the foundation of all that we do. We can't lose steps now that we're making
strides." Pleading for teachers' jobs, Kadeem indicated that with the superintendent's proposed layoffs, "You're
hurting the town, you're hurting the students, you're hurting the teachers."
His remarks were met with vigorous applause.
"We must find a solution that supports Stratford students and provides the high-quality education they deserve
and their parents have come to expect," said Fiorello. "There are other options, and we are willing to talk to
the superintendent and Board of Education about these."
SEA leaders have requested a meeting with the superintendent today, one day after the budget vote, to discuss
some of these options and ask for her to call a special meeting of the Board of Education.
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.