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Connecticut Education Association Statement
December 18, 2017
State Shortchanging StudentsTeachers call on legislators to address education funding in special session
Connecticut teachers are urging legislators to take up the critical issue of education funding when they convene for a special session later this month to focus on the draconian cuts devastating the state's public schools and shortchanging students' education.
"While we appreciate legislators standing up for our senior citizens, our youngest and most vulnerable citizens are also facing peril with continued school funding cuts that must be addressed," said CEA President Sheila Cohen. "The time for action is now. Our children can't wait until next February. Legislators must take up the issue in special session."
Governor Malloy recently cut an additional $58 million in ECS funding, and more cuts are planned in 2018. As Connecticut's cities and towns struggle to make up these costs, many are planning to cut school resources, eliminate educational programs, and lay off teachers.
"These funding cuts are creating chaos in our schools and causing disruptions for students, parents, teachers, and communities in the middle of the school year," said Cohen. "Every day our teachers are being asked to do more with less, and every day our students are being shortchanged by cuts in education funding. Education funding is being strangled in a budget nightmare that has created an economic crisis in our schools."
Hundreds of teachers have also reached out to legislators. In phone calls and emails, teachers are asking legislators to do the right thing and protect Connecticut's children.
Cohen stressed, "Without providing critical funding, the state is irreversibly jeopardizing the future of Connecticut's students and the future of our state. Our children and our public schools are too important to cast aside and just hope for the best. We need to support the education of our children."
The Connecticut Education Association represents 43,000 teachers in Connecticut.