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Connecticut Teachers Honor Educators, Students Killed in School Shooting
Handmade posters celebrated the heroism and sacrifice of teacher Scott Beigel and the tragic loss of 16
others in last week's school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
February 22, 2018
High school teacher Scott Beigel left this earth the way he had lived his life: looking out for the young people
in his care.
The camp-counselor-turned-teacher was one of 17 victims in the high-profile shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas
High School in Parkland, Florida, last week.
"All teachers I know are horrified that, once again, school classrooms and hallways have been killing fields,"
said Mary Kay Rendock, a teacher at Carmen Arace Intermediate School in Bloomfield, Connecticut. "I am in tears
thinking of the terror those teachers felt as they shielded, hid, and protected their students, and as some paid
with their lives."
Bloomfield teacher Mary Kay Rendock offers remarks honoring Beigel's courage and demanding change to make
our schools safe.
Beigel had been a longtime friend of Sarah Williams, principal at Carmen Arace. The two were Starlight summer
campers together, then counselors, then—like many camp alums—classroom teachers.
Last Thursday, as shots rang out at the high school where Beigel taught geography and coached cross country, he
unlocked a classroom to let students hide inside. It was a swift and heroic move that would not surprise anyone
who knew him. But while some students made it to safety, their beloved teacher and coach did not. When Williams
heard the news, she was crushed.
"I had known Scott for 25 years," she said through tears. "He was a hero to so many kids, to so many of us."
Rendock embraces her school principal, Sarah Williams, who had known Beigel for 25 years.
As communities in Florida began organizing races in Beigel's memory, Rendock—a runner herself—got to
work doing the same. She rounded up fellow Bloomfield teachers as well as members of her running club, which
also includes educators from around the state. In all, more than 30 men and women gathered at dusk at the track
at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford to pay tribute to Beigel and the 16 other victims of
Parkland. Some brought their children. Some brought signs commemorating Parkland's students, teachers, and
"Scott was killed shielding his students, and we are here to honor his legacy," Rendock said.
"We are here," Williams added, "to honor his spirit."
Rendock and some of her fellow teachers wore the same blue T-shirts they had made up after Connecticut's own
notorious school shooting at Sandy Hook in 2012. They read, "Bloomfield Believes...Love Wins."
"I am here because Scott was a fellow teacher," said Bloomfield fifth-grade teacher Jennifer Coleman, who came
out to run with her husband and their infant daughter. "I am remembering the difference he made."
Nineteen teachers were among the community members who had come from around the state to run in memory of
slain teacher Scott Beigel.
Torrington special education teacher Mark Mangelinkx recalled that he was a first-year teacher the year of the
deadly high school shooting at Columbine, almost 19 years earlier. Last night, he ran 17 laps—one for each
of the students and teachers killed in Parkland. Among other things, Mangelinkx voiced his hope that schools
would be given more resources for mental health support.
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.
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 dignity.
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 volcano.
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 public meeting.
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.