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The Teacher Education and Mentoring Program (TEAM) is a two year induction program for
beginning teachers that includes mentorship and professional development. Beginning
teachers participating in the program are assigned a trained mentor to guide them
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Retired Teachers Applaud Legislative Funding, Ready to Stay Active and Engaged
CEA Executive Director Donald Williams thanked CEA-Retired members for reaching out to their legislators in
such great numbers.
May 10, 2018
"Those of you who went to retired lobby day, who reached out to your legislators, I can't thank you enough," CEA
Executive Director Donald Williams told members of CEA-Retired gathered for their annual spring meeting this
morning. "You made a tremendous difference and had a big impact on the legislature this year."
In the budget that passed the Connecticut General Assembly late last night, legislators designated $16 million
for the Retired Teachers' Health Insurance Fund—contributing their full share for the first time in many years.
While the state is supposed to contribute one-third of the fund's actuarially required amount and retired
teachers and active teachers each contribute one-third, the state has not been funding its share
recently—putting the fund on the precipice of bankruptcy.
"Full state funding for the Retired Teachers' Health Insurance Fund has been one of our top priorities in recent
years," Williams said. "Thank you for your great work."
CEA-Retired President Gloria Brown.
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CEA-Retired President Gloria Brown thanked members for their activism. "I urge you to continue to stay in touch
with your legislators. When we talk to them, things happen."
"We went from having 9 percent to 33 percent of our health care paid for this year—that's a huge success,
but we can't just sit by," said CEA-Retired Legislative Committee Co-Chair Myles Cohen. "We need to be more
focused on voting for candidates that support our health care and our pension."
Cohen continued, "It's essential, whether you're a Democrat or Republican, with the primaries coming up this
August, look at where candidates stand on our issues. There are candidates for governor who want to eliminate
public pensions. Look for candidates that are going to support us."
"In the last two years we have seen more threats to the basic rights and freedoms of teachers to have a voice,"
said Williams. "In places where teachers are going on strike, it's because they don't have a voice at the table
when it comes to negotiating for a decent salary, benefits, and resources for their students."
CEA-Retired members listened to NEA-Retired President Sarah Borgman give the meeting's keynote address.
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Williams continued, "It's like Bridgeport 40 years ago before we had collective bargaining and binding
arbitration. We can't take these rights and freedoms for granted. There have been proposals in the legislature
to take teachers' rights away. We fought very hard to block every one of those and have succeeded."
NEA-Retired President Sarah Borgman gave the keynote address at the meeting, and told members that the looming
threat from the Janus Supreme Court Case presents the perfect opportunity for retired teachers to show the power
of their ability to organize and stay active.
"I'm challenging you all to be assertive advocates and bold believers. There's always something that needs to be
done," she said.
"Thank you as retired teachers for being here and for staying involved," said Williams. "It makes a difference
for our future generation of students and the future of the teaching profession."
Retiring Director of the Connecticut Teachers' Retirement System Darlene Perez was honored by CEA-Retired
President Gloria Brown.
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CEA-Retired members also honored Darlene Perez, the retiring director of the Connecticut Teachers' Retirement
System, for her many years of hard work on behalf of Connecticut educators.
"Darlene has been an extremely hard-working public servant who had done an excellent job for Connecticut
teachers," said Brown.
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.
Once again, the Connecticut Education Foundation's Board of Directors invites you to support the Children's Fund by joining Association members and CEA staff at the 25th Annual Hands Across the Green Golf Tournament on Monday, July 15.
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.