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Teachers Tell Legislators: Under Proposed Budget, We Will Be Worse Off Today Than 10 Years Ago
East Hartford teachers Kim Knapp, Teddy Tauris, and Jill McNulty joined Manchester Education Association
President Kate Dias and a dozen other educators in opposing plans that would increase costs on teachers,
students, and the communities where they live, work, and learn.
July 13, 2017
In a packed room at the Raymond Public Library in East Hartford, more than 15 teachers from East Hartford and
neighboring Manchester told their state legislators to pass a budget without creating further hardships for
teachers, families, schools, and overburdened municipalities.
The teachers, many of whom wore bright yellow stickers identifying themselves as educators, were among nearly
100 attendees at a budget workshop for citizens, led by Representatives Jason Rojas and Jeff Curry and Senator
Henry Genga. The workshop was meant to be an exercise in the kind of debate and negotiation that elected
officials are currently engaged in at the Capitol—although many in the room said they would prefer
instead to hear the legislators' plans for balancing the budget.
East Hartford teacher Jill McNulty, who comes from a two-teacher household with school-age and college-age
children, urged her lawmakers to steer clear of any budget proposals that would increase teachers' contributions
to their pensions or shift the cost of those pensions onto cities and towns.
East Hartford Education Association President Annie Irvine (center) and fellow teachers Amy Piorkowski
(left) and Paola Maina discuss the potential impact that some lawmakers' budget proposals would have on
teachers and schools.
"We are adamantly opposed to shifting teacher retirement costs onto cities and towns," she said. "That's
breaking the agreement that the state had made with us." Many in the room raised their hands and voices in
McNulty pointed out that she and her spouse have already gone to a higher-deductible healthcare plan, with
greater out-of-pocket expenses, and that some of the state budget proposals on the table would amount to a
$7,000 decrease in her own household budget.
"The proposed pension increase and cost shift are devastating," she said. "Combined with other recent sacrifices
East Hartford teachers have made, this would effectively erase any raises I received in the last ten years. If
this passes, I will actually be worse off today—with a decade more teaching experience—than I was
ten years ago."
"They don't know what we give back year in and year out," East Hartford teacher Teddy Tauris agreed.
East Hartford Education Association President Annie Irvine pointed out that in her district, teachers in recent
years have accepted modest raises or none at all.
At a forum similar to the one in East Hartford, Wallingford teacher Anne Varrone-Lederle (at right)
explained to Rep. Liz Linehan that the proposed increase in teacher pension contributions would cut an
average of $1,500 from teachers' salaries. Linehan replied, "It is really a wage cut." Also pictured are
Southington Education Association President Dan Hart and his wife and fellow Southington teacher Susan Hart.
"The insensitivity to that fact—and the fact that we have always contributed to our pensions and have
always been paying in—shows that this isn't about education at all," said Manchester Education
Association President Kate Dias.
East Hartford teacher Susan Budde remarked, "The state needs to have a good cadre of teachers—teachers
who are given the pay, benefits, and respect that educators deserve. What happens to our schools when we don't
pay teachers well? When we keep expecting them to shoulder more and more costs?"
"Do we want to be the state that can't attract teachers?" Dias asked. Enrollment in Connecticut's teacher
preparation programs is already down more than 30%, and schools are facing shortages in key subject areas.
Legislators are expected to convene at the State Capitol for a vote on the state budget on Tuesday, July 18.
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.