TEACHER PRIORITIES

State Budget

Work with coalition partners including AFT Connecticut and other unions and social justice advocates to ensure a state budget that works for all people in Connecticut.

State Budget

The unprecedented crises of systemic racism, COVID-19, and economic depression have taken a devastating toll on working people in Connecticut, especially those who are Black and brown. Many, if not most of us, have experienced this crisis as a heightening inequality in education every day in our classrooms, and now when we teach remotely.

Our students and their families are suffering. This is why CEA will continue to be an active member of the Campaign for a People’s Economic Recovery. This coalition of unions and like-minded organizations is working to ensure that the budget adopted by the General Assembly includes an increased investment in public education, public services, good jobs, healthcare, affordable housing, and infrastructure that includes proper ventilation, air quality, and temperature control in every school building. Further, and to this end, we will work with the coalition toward establishing a progressive state system of taxes mandating that billionaires and wealthy corporations contribute their fair share to the financial health of our state, and families—Black, white, and brown—no longer bear the burden of an unfair tax system.

Working with our coalition partners we propose tax reform that is fair in order to generate revenues to help workers and working families, as well as students and their families by:

  • Increasing funding for education improvements
  • Reducing local property tax burdens
  • Investing in health care and housing

2021 Written Testimonials

Testimony of Donald E. Williams Jr., Executive Director CEA, before the Public Health Committee

Testimony of Melanie I. Kolek, Legal Counsel CEA, before the Public Health Committee

Testimony of Kristen Record, Stratford Educator, before the Public Health Committee

Testimony of Joe Celcis, Stamford Educator, before the Public Health Committee

Testimony of Jessica Reap, Stamford Educator, before the Public Health Committee

Testimony of Melanie Rakoczy, Stamford Educator, before the Public Health Committee

Recent Articles

Coalition Urges Budget That Offers Strong Response to Pandemic

Our state’s budget should reflect our state’s priorities, but Governor Lamont’s proposed budget won’t support the recovery Connecticut needs, members of the Recovery for All Coalition said at a press conference today.

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