West Hartford Teachers Wear #RedforEd to Support Contract Negotiations

“If you were wondering why there are so many people wearing red in the audience tonight, it’s to show support for the contract negotiations with the Board of Education— to improve teachers’ working conditions, salaries, and health benefits,” said West Hartford Education Association Negotiations Chair David Simon. More than 100 West Hartford teachers wearing #redfored…

Treasurer Details State’s History of Underfunding Teacher Retirement

As it decides what recommendations to make toward putting Connecticut’s pension funds on more secure footing, the state’s Pension Sustainability Commission today heard from State Treasurer Denise Nappier about the history of funding for the teachers’ retirement fund, the largest pension fund overseen by the treasury. “We must ensure the sustainability of the fund so…

Treasurer Details State’s History of Underfunding Teacher Retirement

As it decides what recommendations to make toward putting Connecticut’s pension funds on more secure footing, the state’s Pension Sustainability Commission today heard from State Treasurer Denise Nappier about the history of funding for the teachers’ retirement fund, the largest pension fund overseen by the treasury. State Treasurer Denise Nappier and staff for the Office of the…

Hayes Is in the House

“This history teacher is making history,” 2016 National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes told her supporters at a victory celebration in Waterbury last night. “I am honored to be your next congresswoman.” Five months after announcing her candidacy, former Waterbury teacher Jahana Hayes won her bid for Connecticut’s Fifth Congressional District seat—defeating opponent Manny…

Actuary Sets Record Straight on Teacher Pensions

Misconceptions abound when it comes to teachers’ pensions, but today, in a presentation to the Pension Sustainability Commission, an actuary clarified that Connecticut teachers’ pension benefits are actually quite modest. John Garrett, principal and consulting actuary at Cavanaugh Macdonald Consulting, shared findings from the March 2018 report of the Connecticut Teachers’ Retirement System Viability Commission. Garrett…

NEA Foundation Grants Support PD and Student Achievement

Teachers frequently need outside funding for classroom resources and funding to engage in meaningful professional development.  The NEA Foundation has grants available to current NEA members to help with both. NEA Foundation Student Achievement grants, support teachers in helping students learn how to think critically and solve problems. The NEA Foundation is currently giving preference to…

Building Rep Reminds Teachers of the Many Benefits of CEA Membership

“A union allows teachers to be stronger,” says Cooperative Education Services Education Association building rep Marilyn Della Rocco. “Together we can accomplish more and have more of a voice.” Della Rocco, a preschool teacher at Six to Six Interdistrict Magnet School in Bridgeport who also serves as co-vice president of her local association, says it’s…

After a Fire, Plainfield Memorial School Community Shows What’s Possible

Just two weeks ago, Plainfield Memorial School students and teachers had no idea where they’d be starting their school year after a fire caused extensive damage to their school building. Yet, thanks to the generosity, hard work, and dedication of a community pulling together, 350 fourth and fifth graders are back at school today with…