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Shelton Teachers Raise School Safety Concerns; Security Lapses Tied to Funding
Shelton Education Association President Deb Keller (center) prepares to go into the school safety forum with
fellow SEA members Laurie Goncalves, Michele Piccolo, Kathy Maffucci, and James Allan.
March 4, 2018
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
this week. The forum was organized in the wake of the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas School in
Parkland, Florida, which claimed the lives of 17 students, teachers, and coaches.
For Shelton Education Association President Deb Keller the issue of school safety hits close to home.
"For me, personally, Sandy Hook was up the road. The shooting happened on my birthday. Parkland was the last
straw. I'm a teacher. We are vigilant, and we are trained, with shelter-in-place drills, evacuation drills, and
ALICE active shooter training for teachers, and I know all my colleagues would put them themselves in harm's way
to save their students, but I worry. I worry about anything happening to one of my students."
Keller addresses the community at the forum. "I want to walk out of here with the feeling that we
are all in this together," she said.
In light of President Trump's recent recommendation to arm teachers—an idea that has sparked outrage but
also gained traction in some parts of the country—Keller and her colleagues also worry about their
colleagues who are new to teaching.
"Early-career teachers are not going to want to stay in this profession. Not if they are expected to take on
even more—preparing lessons, assessments, enrichment, emotional support, and now being trained to fire
guns? They can change careers. They can walk away."
Shelton teacher Kathy Maffucci agreed, adding, "I am not a police officer. I'm a teacher doing what I'm trained
Maffucci lamented a lack of funding for support services and guidance counselors, with a ratio 400 students to
every guidance counselor.
"Support services are the first to be cut," she said. "Outreach programs are cut."
Cuts hurt kids
CEA Executive Director Donald Williams and CEA President Sheila Cohen listen to teacher concerns at a
breakout session during Shelton's forum on school safety.
Students also participated in the forum, and Shelton High School junior Caitlyn Kelley announced a planned
walkout on March 14 to demonstrate solidarity with teachers and support for safe schools. The walkout has
received district approval.
"This is not meant to be politicized," Kelley said. "This is a show of how much we love our teachers and how we
stand together. It provides a safe way to honor the students of Parkland and let their voices be heard. It
should have ended with Sandy Hook, but it didn't.
At a breakout session during the forum, teachers expressed their apprehension and frustration about lapses in
security measures and protocol, ranging from school doors and windows to warnings about credible threats, safety
during recess, and more.
"There was a lot of conversation and concern about protecting against gun violence," said CEA Executive Director
Donald Williams, who came out to the forum with CEA President Sheila Cohen to hear what teachers had to say.
"It's so sad that our country's failure to regulate weapons of war requires that we attempt to turn our schools
Funding, too, was consistently cited as an issue. For nearly every idea that administrators and law enforcement
officers agreed was advisable or necessary, lack of funding stood in the way of implementation.
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.