With less than two weeks left in the legislative session, CEA President Kate Dias and Vice President Joslyn DeLancey today sent a letter to all legislators urging action on teachers’ priorities.
“Many times during this session we have heard you declare the vital role that public schools and educators played in keeping education ongoing during the pandemic,” Dias and DeLancey write. “We faced poorly ventilated classrooms, we transitioned learning plans to entirely new platforms, and we have cared for some of the most fragile students we have ever faced. Now it is time for you to act in a manner that acknowledges and supports those efforts.”
The CEA leaders specifically urge legislators to act on three issues that are at the top of educators’ priority list: improving air quality in schools, prohibiting dual teaching, and recruiting and retaining educators in Connecticut by methods including a phased-in teacher retirement credit for service during the pandemic.
“Teachers have gone above and beyond to ensure in-person learning and safe, healthy conditions in Connecticut’s public schools, but we cannot do it alone, and we cannot do it without legislative commitment and the funding that makes safe, in-person learning possible. Will you make that commitment to our schools and our students?” Dias and DeLancey ask.
Join CEA leaders in urging legislators to act by taking part in CEA’s Red for Ed Day of Action next Wednesday, April 27. Whether you have 15 seconds or several hours, you can join your colleagues and take one or more of several actions to urge legislators to support teacher priorities. Find out more.