Hearing directly from teachers makes a tremendous impact on the decision-makers elected to represent you. Many of them have great respect for educators but have no idea about the day-to-day challenges you face, the resources you need to do your job effectively, or how to ensure that you can retire with dignity.
When they hear your stories firsthand, elected officials begin to understand your reality and how to help. They also come to recognize that the teachers they represent in their home districts are watching how they vote and whether or not they pass bills that are friendly to public education.
Legislators will not necessarily pass education-friendly bills if you sit quietly on the sidelines. Get involved with your fellow CEA members and leaders, and use your teacher voice. Educate legislators about creating a brighter future for Connecticut’s students, teachers, and public schools.
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