ABOUT CEA-RETIRED

The Henry Barnard Fund
Henry Barnard Fund helps retired teachers who are experiencing financial difficulty — especially teachers who retired before the Enhancement Act was passed. Click here for inquiries or donations.

CEA-Retired members work with CEA and NEA to improve pension and health benefits, public education, and the teaching profession and lobby lawmakers on important issues. CEA-Retired also provides social and community service events to help you stay connected to colleagues.

LOBBYING FOR YOUR CONTINUED BENEFITS

State retirement laws determine the retirement allotments and benefits retired educators receive. The only way there can be a change in retirement is by the introduction of new, or modification of, existing legislation. CEA-Retired works hand-in-hand with CEA and in conjunction with the Connecticut Teachers’ Retirement Board (STRB) to preserve, protect, and improve retirement pensions and benefits. CEA-Retired lobbies to maintain and improve retirement and health benefits for all public school employees. CEA-Retired works to:

  • Safeguard benefits by getting CEA-Retired members involved in grass-roots lobbying groups.
  • Propose and lobby for STRB benefit improvements.
  • Keep members informed of political and lobbying efforts.
  • Interview, evaluate, and recommend candidates running for political office by working with CEA Government Relations to carefully appraise candidates’ positions on retirement issues.
  • Provide a great setting for retired members to see old friends and make new ones, while keeping abreast of what’s happening in public education.

CONTINUATION OF PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR CERTIFICATE

As a retired educator, you can maintain your state certification. A special form, titled Application for Continuation of Professional Educator Certificate is available on the State Department of Education Website, or by contacting the Department of Education:

Connecticut State Department of Education
Bureau of Certification and Professional Development
P.O. Box 150471 – Room 243
Hartford, CT 06115-0471

CEA-RETIRED GOVERNANCE

Two CEA-Retired members from each county are elected to serve as Representatives on the CEA-Retired Advisory Council in accordance with its Constitution and Bylaws. They are elected each year at the third round of county meetings in staggering terms. In addition, an alternate is elected each year at the third round of county meetings.

While the Constitution and Bylaws of CEA-Retired guide the organization’s internal functioning, it is subject to approval by the CEA Board of Directors and CEA’s governing documents. Two CEA-Retired officers, the President and Vice-President, serve on the CEA Board with the Secretary of CEA-Retired serving as a Vice-Chair.

Members annually elect voting delegates to the CEA Representative Assembly. Notices of these elections appear in the CEA Advisor sent to CEA’s members. Elections are conducted by the CEA Elections Committee.

CEA-Retired members annually elect voting delegates to represent them at the NEA Representative Assembly (RA) and the NEA-Retired Annual Meeting. Again, notices of these elections appear in the CEA Advisor with ballots also appearing in that publication.

CEA AND NEA AFFILIATE GOVERNANCE

Every three years CEA-Retired members elect its four principal officers. The President and Vice-President also are elected to serve as members of the CEA Board of Directors. Members of the Advisory Council are elected each year at the third round of county meetings in staggering terms. An alternate is elected each year at the third round of county meetings.

Members annually elect voting delegates to the CEA Representative Assembly. Notices of these elections appear in the CEA Advisor sent to CEA’s members and ballots are mailed by first-class mail to all CEA-Retired members in good standing. Elections are conducted by the CEA Elections Committee.

CEA-Retired members annually elect voting delegates to represent them at the NEA Representative Assembly (RA) and the NEA-Retired Annual Meeting. Again, notices of these elections appear in the CEA Advisor with ballots also appearing in that publication.