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CEA and Education Stakeholders Well Represented on Governor-Elect's Policy Committees
Governor-elect Ned Lamont addresses the nearly 500 people gathered for a policy summit at Eastern Connecticut State University today.
November 28, 2018
A standing-room only crowd of nearly 500 people gathered this morning at Eastern Connecticut State University, eager to help shape the future of their state.
"Look at this crowd. You believe in the state of Connecticut," Governor-elect Ned Lamont told the people assembled, many of whom are serving on 15 transition policy committees for his administration, which met for the first time today.
Saying the policy committees are made up of democrats, republicans, independents, and representatives from the government, the private sector, and the non-profit sector, Lieutenant Governor-elect Susan Bysiewicz thanked committee members for being willing to share their knowledge and expertise.
"We are asking you to help us develop policy platforms on a whole variety of issues," Bysiewicz said.
The incoming Lamont administration is seeking input from many viewpoints to put together a policy agenda before the new governor officially takes office on January 9. Each committee is working to draft a two-page policy memo by December 12 and report to the public on that memo between December 17 and 19.
"We have a fresh start that none of us are going to squander, and it starts right here with our policy teams," Lamont said.
CEA is represented on the transition policy committees by CEA President Jeff Leake, who is serving on the Education Policy Committee, and CEA Research and Policy Development Specialist and Chief Economist Orlando Rodriguez, who is serving on the Shared Services Committee that will examine regionalization and similar cost-cutting measures.
"I am passionate about making sure all Connecticut children can achieve a middle-class or better standard of living," Leake told his fellow Education Policy Committee members.
Lamont listens to comments by CEA President Jeff Leake and other members of the Education Policy Committee.
"I'm here to make sure that teacher voice is part of the conversation that's driving education policy in the state of Connecticut," he continued. "Our teachers in Waterbury and Bridgeport aren't any less committed or hard-working than teachers in wealthier communities, but the obstacles that are put in their way are incredible."
Another committee member, Manchester Illing Middle School teacher Mike Pohl, said that social and emotional learning is a priority for him, and he'd like to be able to increase the number of counselors and social workers available to work with students. "As somebody in the classroom, I feel we have a lot of top-down policies right now," Pohl said, adding that he'd rather have relationships where all adults involved can sit down and talk together as professionals to give students the education they need.
Other members of the Education Policy Committee include AFT President Jan Hochadel, public education researcher and Director of Urban Educational Initiatives at Trinity College Robert Cotto, and Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents Executive Director Fran Rabinowitz, who co-chairs the committee.
"We bring a diversity of ideas," Rabinowitz told the group. "I don't think, based on what I've heard, that we're going to agree on every possible thing that comes to the table, and that's okay, as long as we know that we're here on this education committee for the kids."
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.
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.