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Teachers Show What Democracy Looks Like at Connecticut Women's March
East Hampton teacher Kristen Keska brought the Love Makes Great banner she carried in D.C. at last year's
Women's March to Hartford this year.
January 22, 2018
People from around Connecticut gathered Saturday in Hartford for the 2nd annual Connecticut Women's
March—and among the attendees were many teachers.
"As a teacher of government, my favorite chant at these marches is, 'Show us what democracy looks like? This is
what democracy looks like!'" said East Hampton teacher Kristen Keska, who traveled to D.C. last year for the
Women's March there.
Keska says that her students have a wide variety of views on the political issues of today, and she supports
them in advocating for whatever causes they're passionate about. "They believe in democracy and understand that
peaceful protest is an essential part of good citizenship," she says.
Bloomfield teacher Mary Kay Rendock volunteered at Saturday's march.
East Hartford Education Association Vice President Jill McNulty also marched in Hartford, Saturday. "As a public
school teacher it's important to advocate for our students. Last year I marched in D.C. with my daughter, who
was a senior in high school, and it was an amazing experience. There was such positive and strong energy, and
the diversity was inspiring."
East Hartford special education teacher Becca Thomson went to the 2017 march in Hartford and said the experience
helped her feel re-energized and hopeful, so she felt it was important to attend again this year.
"All of our kids deserve a well-funded education," Thomson says. "I worry about attacks on special education at
the federal level and want to make sure my students have the resources they need."
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.
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.