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CEA, Other Educators Join Chris Murphy in Saying No to Arming Teachers
CEA Vice President Tom Nicholas (at the podium) joins U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (right) in calling on Betsy DeVos to abandon plans for allowing federal dollars to arm teachers.
September 7, 2018
CEA joined U.S. Senator Chris Murphy and other Connecticut leaders in education at a news conference calling on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to abandon plans that would allow the use of federal funds to arm teachers.
Murphy, a member of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, stressed that arming teachers is not a solution to classroom safety issues and urged DeVos to testify before the HELP Committee on the issue.
"Congress has made its intent clear," said Murphy, describing bipartisan consensus that federal funds should not be used to arm teachers.
Citing surveys showing that 75-85 percent of teachers believe educators should not be armed, Sen. Chris Murphy said, "We should be listening to teachers."
Citing recent incidents of teachers' and school safety resource officers' guns accidentally being discharged by adults and children in schools, Murphy said, "This is a very dangerous proposal coming down from Betsy DeVos," adding that it would jeopardize students and make schools less safe—while making gun manufacturing more profitable.
"The data is clear: 75 to 85 percent of teachers surveyed said teachers should not be armed, and we should be listening to teachers," Murphy said.
Speaking on behalf of Connecticut's largest teachers union, CEA Vice President Tom Nicholas, a 30-year Manchester educator and school social worker, agreed.
"I know Connecticut teachers, and they are vehemently opposed to guns in our schools.
Parents, teachers, and community leaders know that guns do not improve student performance, provide students or parents a sense of security, or positively impact classroom teaching and learning.
"Our students and our schools are in need of so many basic necessities, such as books, technology, guidance counselors, and school social workers, and that is where our resources should be spent. Traditionally, families and community groups provided children with stability, guidance, and a sense of belonging. Now, our teachers are being asked to shoulder more and more of this responsibility. Our certification and training is in education, not sharpshooting. It is preposterous to ask educators to holster weapons instead of workbooks."
Nicholas referenced Connecticut's passage of historic laws on guns, mental health, and school safety in the aftermath of Sandy Hook—initiatives that have put the state at the forefront of protecting students, schools, teachers, and communities.
"Secretary DeVos, violence begets violence," he noted. "I say not one more Columbine, not one more Sandy Hook, not one more Parkland. Give us more guidance counselors, more social workers, and more therapists and trauma specialists in every school to combat adverse experiences that bring children to a place of desperation. Our students, our teachers, our families, and our communities can't wait any longer."
Echoing those recommendations was Patrice McCarthy, deputy director and general counsel at the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, who called for more mental health professionals and a school culture that supports the needs of all students so that they can benefit from their education and lead healthy lives.
Also speaking at the press conference in opposition to arming teachers were Connecticut Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell; Dave Cicarella, president of the New Haven Federation of Teachers; and Fran Rabinowitz, executive director of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents.
"Schools should not be turned into barracks or fortresses," Wentzell remarked, saying that would have a profoundly negative impact and would erode school climate. "Our teachers did not sign up for this."
Cicarella pointed out that arming teachers also sends the wrong message to students: that the answer to gun violence is more guns.
Rabinowitz called the arming of teachers "an insane approach" and pressed DeVos to fund "sane, evidence-based programs" to ensure the health and well-being of all students. To do otherwise, she said, makes the U.S. secretary of education "completely clueless."
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.