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Connecticut Educators Reenergized by Work at NEA RA, Ready to Face New Challenges
Southington teachers Mark Hill and Dan Hart wear Red For Ed.
July 6, 2018
Delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly (RA) are ready to utilize the power of the burgeoning Red for Ed movement to meet new challenges to public education head on. After a week full of hard work on behalf of the more than 3 million NEA members around the country, CEA members who were elected to represent Connecticut teachers are now heading home from Minneapolis reenergized and ready to share lessons learned with their colleagues.
Educators spent the lion's share of their time at the Minneapolis Convention Center debating and adopting new policy statements, resolutions, amendments to existing policies, and more than 100 new business items, which, taken together, create a detailed NEA education policy blueprint for the upcoming year.
Some of the new energy fueling educators also comes from the inspiring leaders delegates heard from throughout the six-day event.
NEA Executive Director John Stocks urged the more than 6,000 delegates to "dig deep, keep fighting, keep educating, keep organizing!"
One of the answers to today's toxic political, economic, and social atmosphere, he said, is union strength and unity.
"This is not our darkest hour," he said. "Given the context we face as an organization, as professionals and as advocates, I'm here to ask you to search your soul and reflect on what unity and strength mean to you personally and what they mean to this union and our democracy."
The NEA RA began just days after the Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME, a case bankrolled by corporate interests, which seeks to weaken labor unions and steal the voice of students and teachers.
"What the Red For Ed movement has shown us is that when members and non-members, parents, community, and students stand together, we are a formidable force and together we can fight and win," Stocks said.
He added, "We need to make our public schools beacons of hope and opportunity for every student in this nation!"
Washington educator Mandy Manning, the 2018 National Teacher of the Year, has committed herself to doing just that. Delegates honored her on Tuesday for her unwavering commitment to immigrant and refugee students.
"In the past month, we have seen children ripped away from their families, families detained indefinitely as a tradeoff for keeping them together, the Supreme Court upholding the President's xenophobic travel ban, and naturalized citizens now have no assurance they'll maintain their status. We live and educate in a time when not all students feel wanted, welcomed, loved enough or that they matter," said Manning, who teaches at Joel E. Ferris High School in Spokane.
Manning introduced two remarkable students to the delegation, Iya and Faaya. Both came to the United States with their families only a few years ago and have thrived in their public schools, thanks in large part to the educators who looked out for them.
"[Students like Iya and Faaya] are showing us how it's done," Manning said. "They prove that in our schools we are creating confident, strong citizens, who are collaborative, compassionate, and powerful."
Several of the more than 100 new business items delegates voted to adopt concern immigration, including one calling on NEA to stand in support of and in solidarity with immigrant families who are separated or incarcerated.
Dalio Philanthropies donates $40,000. Hundreds of schoolchildren across the state facing extraordinary hardships will receive a helping hand—as will minority students planning on entering the teaching profession—thanks in large part to a generous donation from the Dalio Philanthropies.
Woodland Regional High School’s 600-plus students rose to their feet and cheered as beloved teacher Meghan Hatch-Geary was honored in a surprise ceremony announcing Connecticut’s 2020 Teacher of the Year (TOY). The announcement came this morning at the Beacon Falls school where she and her husband, building rep Paul Geary, teach English.
“From Stamford to Manchester and towns in between, teachers have been reporting illnesses related to environmental problems within their schools,” says CEA President Jeff Leake. “There’s black mold, rodent droppings, extreme heat and cold temperatures, dust, asbestos, and other issues that are putting our students and teachers at risk every day.”
Educators from every corner of the state came together at CEA’s first-ever teacher tailgate party this weekend at UConn football’s homecoming game. More than 100 teachers, friends, and family members enjoyed breakfast, music, a fan photo booth, and games of KanJam, cornhole, and ladder golf.
The #RedForEd movement is only getting stronger—from Chicago, to Fairplay, CO to Little Rock, to Mendota, IL. Educators and their allies are coming together in communities across the country to create better schools for our children.
The National Education Association (NEA) and Connecticut Education Association (CEA) today applauded Rep. Jahana Hayes, longtime NEA and CEA member as well 2016 National Teacher of the Year, on her introduction of the Pell Grant Restoration Act, H.R. 4298.
There are those, including current U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who argue that spending more on public education doesn't lead to better outcomes. School finance expert and Rutgers Professor Bruce Baker begs to differ, and he has research to back his position up.
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.
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.