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CEA on Radio: Legislators Must Act to End Assaults by Students
CEA's Robyn Kaplan-Cho and Manchester Education Association President Kate Dias appeared on Mornings With
Ray Dunaway today to talk about classroom safety and disruptive student behavior.
March 22, 2018
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 this morning.
"Teachers are basically expected to take care of every possible societal ill while also making sure these kids
are learning. And the schools are not equipped for it, there aren't the resources for it, and the level of
administrative and parental support in many cases is not what it needs to be," said Kaplan-Cho.
"If teachers aren't safe, kids aren't safe, and kids aren't learning if they're not safe. It's really becoming a
crises in many schools," she added.
"We have so few options with children in kindergarten, preschool, first and second grade," said Manchester
Education Association President Kate Dias, who joined Kaplan-Cho on the program. "If you have a preschool
student who's a biter, there's no place to send them. The solution becomes, â€˜Well, I guess we'll give teachers
arm guards to protect their arms so the bites wont be as painful.' For teachers, it then becomes about, how can
we get through today. And that's not the educational environment we want for our teachers or children. It's just
not the climate we hope for."
Listen to Robyn Kaplan-Cho and Kate Dias on Mornings With Ray Dunaway.
Kaplan-Cho said that the disruptive and violent behavior some students exhibit has become so commonplace in some
schools that other students don't even mention it to their parents. "It's so normalized that kids aren't even
mentioning it anymore, because it is a regular occurrence, not worthy of a conversation at dinner that night.
It's that level of dysfunction in many cases."
Above all, teachers' first concern is for the other students in the class, Kaplan-Cho said. "Teachers are less
concerned about their own safety, and more concerned about the other kids who are witnessing this, and the level
of trauma they're seeing."
She hopes legislators have been reading and listening to testimony teachers have submitted and will act.
"It's reached a boiling point where we feel the time has come for the legislature to take action to ensure that
our teachers and our students are in a safe, productive learning environment.," Kaplan-Cho said.
The legislation CEA is proposing would
Allow teachers to remove students from the classroom who have assaulted someone or are a threat to the
safety of others
Require violent students to receive appropriate supports before returning to the classroom
Require reporting of incidents of violations of daily classroom safety
Enhance response and establishing appropriate procedures regarding violent behavior
Require administrators to follow up to address violent behavior on an ongoing basis
Place aggressive students in an appropriate setting that does not threaten other students or teachers
"As their union, our job is to keep these teachers safe. They have every right to be safe," Kaplan-Cho said.
If you have experienced incidents of student assault and violent or disruptive behavior,
please share your stories with CEA so that we can share them with legislators.
Legislators need to know how widespread these issues are in order to understand the need to pass this bill.
Oklahoma educators, support professionals, parents, students, and community members have been
PACKING the Oklahoma State Capitol this week to speak up on behalf of Oklahoma's children! Can you support
them by buying them lunch?
Teachers from Avon, Bloomfield, Cheshire, Clinton, Cornwall, Coventry, East Hartford, Killingly,
Manchester, Mansfield, Newington, Norwich, Tolland, Trumbull, and Waterbury—as well as retired educators
from around the state—participated in the student-led March for Our Lives ast the nation's capital.
Chanting "enough is enough" and "we want gun control now," students, teachers, parents, and
community members marched from the Corning Fountain in Bushnell Park to the steps of the State Capitol for
the March For Our Lives Rally.
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.
Teachers and school staff in Amity, Darien, East Haddam, Marlborough, Manchester, Stamford, West
Hartford, and elsewhere throughout the state gathered in their schools' parking lots and snowy courtyards in
a show of support and solidarity for communities ravaged by school gun violence.
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
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
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
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.