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Hayes celebrates after being named National Teacher of the Year in 2016.
August 15, 2018
Waterbury educator and 2016 National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes won the Democratic nomination for the 5th Congressional District seat last night.
In her speech to cheering supporters in Waterbury, Hayes said, "People told me I had no chance and I had no business trying to do this." But Hayes, who has overcome numerous challenges, including being a teenage mother and growing up in public housing, said her win "proved everyone wrong."
"Jahana's win is a victory for all of us," said CEA President Jeff Leake. "She will use her personal experiences and knowledge of the issues to help create a better, brighter future—not just for the middle and working classes in Connecticut, but across the U.S."
Leake, along with CEA Vice President Tom Nicholas and CEA Treasurer and President of the Waterbury Teachers' Association Kevin Egan, were at the candidate's victory party and thanked educators for supporting Hayes.
CEA President Jeff Leake, Vice President Tom Nicholas, and Treasurer Kevin Egan attended Hayes' victory part last night. (Click image for larger version)
"Educators are very excited about electing one of their own to Congress, but we couldn't have done it without community-wide support," said Nicholas.
"It was truly a great night," said Egan. "But this is only Act 1. We must come out again on November 6th for Act 2, and send Jahana Hayes to Washington."
Hayes is part of a new trend of teachers running for office that has prompted an outpouring of support, not just from fellow educators, but from students, parents, and community leaders.
"This new trend of teacher activism and the support it is receiving from the public is exciting and refreshing," said Nicholas.
Leake added, "Jahana is a shining example of exemplary educators who advocate for their students and never give up. In Congress, she will fight for public education and collective bargaining and will stand up against those who try to cut funding that hurts students. Jahana will ensure that the voice of all her constituents is reflected on every issue. She is exactly who we need in Congress fighting for all of us."
"I am lucky to call Jahana my friend, but I am going to be even luckier to call her my representative," said Egan.
Hayes defeated Mary Glassman for the nomination. She will now face former Meriden Mayor Manny Santos in the November election.
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.