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'I Would Die for My Students, But I Shouldn't Have To'
Teachers gathered at Union Station in New Haven in the wee hours of Saturday morning to board a bus to
March 26, 2018
In the wee morning hours on Saturday, March 24, Connecticut teachers filled a bus bound for Washington, D.C., in
a major show of support for students and safe schools.
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 at the nation's capital, joined by their
colleagues in marches throughout Connecticut and worldwide.
"We are here to support our nation's students in their demand for meaningful action for safe schools," said
Bridgeport teacher Mia Dimbo. "It's time to honor the victims of school shootings by passing commonsense gun
laws and providing funding for mental health services and other school resources."
Vote them out
Survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, headlined Saturday's
event, calling out politicians who have refused to budge on commonsense gun laws and calling on rally supporters
to "vote them out."
"My hometown needs the alliance of other communities to properly spread this message," Parkland student Jaclyn
Corin told the crowd—hundreds of thousands strong—gathered on the Mall. "Our elected officials have
seen American after American drop from a bullet, and instead of waking up to protect us, they have been hitting
the snooze button. But we're here to shake them awake! We cannot â€˜keep America great,'" she added in air quotes,
"if we cannot keep America safe."
East Hartford High School language arts teacher Kayla McDonald, who joined CEA's bus to D.C. with her educator
husband, Robert, said, "I am a teacher in an at-risk district, and I need my kids and my colleagues to feel safe
in our schools."
East Hartford teacher Kayla McDonald pictured with her educator husband Robert said, "I need my kids and my
colleagues to feel safe in our schools."
Reaping what we sow
"We are so proud of all of our students for speaking up, getting engaged, and taking action on the causes they
believe in," said Montville teacher Jenny Natale. "I'm thrilled to be a part of this, I'm inspired by the
students of Parkland and Newtown who are here today, and I'm proud of my fellow teachers."
She explained, "As teachers, we always encourage students to think critically about social justice issues, and
today we applaud their efforts. We're always happy to see our lessons in the classroom come alive for students
in the real world."
Tolland teacher Amanda Bellman, who attended the D.C. rally with her 14-year-old son Joshua, agreed.
"As a teacher, I encourage my students to help change the world for the better; it's a message I always write in
their yearbooks," she said. "What we're seeing today is exactly that—a group of social activists."
Tolland teacher Amanda Bellman attended the D.C. rally with her 14-year-old son Joshua.
Teachers like Bellman, McDonald, Natale, and Dimbo were a strong presence in D.C., meeting up with fellow
teachers from as far south as Florida and as far west as Oregon at the headquarters of the National Education
Association (NEA), which opened its doors to educators and students over the weekend so that they had a place to
gather, meet, make signs, and step off together for the historic march.
Teachers carried signs with powerful messages such as
Teachers Pack Knowledge, Not Heat
Students Should Be Dodging Balls, Not Bullets
Arms Are for Hugging
Trained to Be a Teacher, Not a Sharpshooter
Freedom from Fear Is a Civil Right for Students and Teachers
Actually, Guns Do Kill People
I Would Die for My Students, But I Shouldn't Have To
Students also held up heart-wrenching posters from their own perspective.
"There Are Better Ways to Reduce Class Size" read one teenager's sign showing an image of an AR-15.
An elementary school girl's handmade poster, with each letter drawn in a different color, read simply, "I
Shouldn't Have to Call My Mom from Under My Desk."
CEA members on their way to the mall in D.C.
Change is coming
"Too many schools, too many churches, too many movie theaters, too many neighborhoods, too many homes—
enough is enough," said Newtown student Mathew Soto, whose sister was one of the first-grade children killed at
Sandy Hook Elementary School on the day her class had eagerly awaited to make gingerbread houses. "America, I am
pleading for you to realize that this is not O.K." Soto urged his fellow young people to register to vote and
"bring power to the polls."
In the wake of Sandy Hook, Connecticut enacted historic laws addressing school safety, mental health, and
guns—some of the toughest in the nation—and they were passed with Republicans and Democrats working
together. CEA has urged other states to follow Connecticut's lead.
"As soon as I found out CEA had organized a bus for us, I knew instantly I would be on it," said Trumbull
teacher Carolyn St. John. "It's important to encourage these young voices to speak their truth. They are going
to be the ones who change the world. It's time, and they're going to do it."
Manchester teacher Regina Gatmaitan brought along a sign she had made for her district's Walk-In for School
Safety a few weeks earlier. It showed Norman Rockwell's famous 1943 painting Freedom from Fear, which Gatmaitan
pointed out is "unfortunately still as relevant today as it was during World War II."
Retired teachers Shaye Sheehan and Judy Richey said their commitment to student safety is just as strong today
as when they were in the classroom.
"This is an issue I'm passionate about," said Sheehan, adding, "The so-called solution of arming teachers is
ridiculous. Connecticut residents haven't lost their second amendment rights, but look how much we've done to
increase school safety and enact commonsense gun control since Sandy Hook. We have to take national action now."
"It's been a very emotional day," said Tolland teacher Happy Hill, who is also a parent. "We all care so much
about our students, and it's nice to be all together here, feeling that and showing that."
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.