CEA TESTIMONY

FEBRUARY

FEB 22

HJR 58 Resolution Proposing a State Constitutional Amendment to Allow No-Excuse Absentee Voting
HJR 59 Resolution Approving an Amendment to the State Constitution to Allow for Early Voting
SB 901 AA Extending to June 30, 2021, Changes Implemented for the 2020 State Election as a Result of COVID-19
HB 6464 AA Extending to May 31, 2021, Several Changes Implemented for the 2020 State Election as a Result of COVID-19

Testimony of Jeff Leake, before the Government Administration and Elections Committee

FEB 17

HB 5681 AAC MUNICIPAL OPPORTUNITY REIMBURSEMENT AND EDUCATIONAL EQUITY
HB 6436 AA ESTABLISHING THE OPEN CHOICE VOUCHERS PILOT PROGRAM

Testimony of Ray Rossomando, before the Housing Committee

FEB 9

SB 288 AN ACT CONCERNING INDOOR AIR QUALITY IN SCHOOLS

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

HB 5158 AAC BREASTFEEDING IN THE WORKPLACE
HB 6376 AAC CREATING A RESPECTFUL AND OPEN WORLD FOR NATURAL HAIR

Testimony of Ray Rossomando, before the Labor Committee

FEB 8

SB 288 AN ACT CONCERNING INDOOR AIR QUALITY IN SCHOOLS

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

SB 288 AN ACT CONCERNING INDOOR AIR QUALITY IN SCHOOLS

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


MARCH

MAR 9

SB 310 AN ACT CONCERNING FUNDING FOR AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION CENTERS

SB 392 AN ACT ESTABLISHING A PERSONAL FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT PILOT PROGRAM

HB 394: AA CONCERNING AUTHORIZATION OF STATE GRANT COMMITMENTS FOR SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECTS AND REVISIONS TO THE SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECTS STATUTES

HB 5433: AA CONCERNING THE CREATION OF A SPECIAL EDUCATION EXCESS COST COOPERATIVE

HB 5434 AN ACT CONCERNING THE TREASURER’S RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE INCLUSION OF FINANCIAL LITERACY IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOL CURRICULUM

HB 5436 AN ACT PROHIBITING SCHOOL DISTRICT POLICIES THAT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST STUDENTS BASED ON NATURAL HAIR AND HAIRSTYLES

HB 5438 AN ACT ESTABLISHING A WORKING GROUP TO EXAMINE WAYS TO CONSOLIDATE OR ELIMINATE CERTAIN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND IN-SERVICE TRAINING REQUIREMENTS FOR EDUCATORS

H.B. No. 5439 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING VARIOUS REVISIONS AND ADDITIONS TO THE EDUCATION STATUTES.

Testimony of Orlando Rodriguez, Research and Policy Development Specialist, before the Education Committee


HB 5431: An Act Concerning Indoor Air Quality in Schools

Testimony of Denise Tickell, Teacher in the Orange Public School System

Testimony of Dinie James, Counselor in the Stamford Public Schools

Testimony of Janet Inzitari, Teacher in the Stamford Public Schools

Testimony of Jessica Reap, Teacher in the Stamford Public Schools

Testimony of Joe Celcis, Teacher at Westhill High School

Testimony of Kristen Ann Record, Teacher in the Stratford Public Schools

Testimony of Kris R. Samuelson, Teacher in the Fairfield Public Schools

Testimony of Melanie Kolek, Legal Counsel for Connecticut Education Association

Testimony of Melanie Rakoczy, Teacher in the Stamford Public Schools


HB 5378, An Act Concerning the Integration of Social-Emotional Learning in Programs Of Professional Development For Educators In Connecticut

Testimony of Amy Farrior, Teacher Marlborough Elementary School, before the Education Committee

Testimony of Ann Grosjean, Retired Connecticut Teacher, before the Education Committee

Testimony of Brendan Murphy, Union Representative for the Connecticut Education Association, before the Education Committee

Testimony of Donald E. Williams, Jr., Executive Director, Connecticut Education Association, before the Education Committee

Testimony of Jami Richardson, Pomperaug Regional School District 15 Educator, before the Education Committee

Testimony of Jeff Leake, President of the Connecticut Education Association, before the Education Committee

Testimony of Kate Field, Teacher Development Specialist, before the Education Committee

Testimony of Kristen Lewis, Enfield Educator, before the Education Committee

Testimony of Kristen Pomeroy, CREC Educator, before the Education Committee

Testimony of Kristen Ann Record, Stratford Education Association Vice-President for Secondary Schools, before the Education Committee

Testimony of Mary Enright, Teacher in the Stamford Public Schools, before the Education Committee

Testimony of Ray Rossomando, CEA Director of Policy, Research, and Government Relations, before the Education Committee

Testimony of Robyn Kaplan-Cho, CEA Program Development Specialist, before the Education Committee

Testimony of Stacey Paley, Teacher, before the Education Committee

Testimony of Stacey Pollock, Teacher at Torrington Middle School, before the Education Committee

Testimony of Tom Nicholas, Vice President of the Connecticut Education Association, before the Education Committee


SB 390 AAC Minority Teacher Recruitment and Retention

Testimony of Faith Sweeney, Teacher in the Westport Public School System, before the Education Committee

Testimony of Marquis Johnson, Teacher in the Windsor Public School System, before the Education Committee

Testimony of Nancy Andrews, Communications Director at the Connecticut Education Association, before the Education Committee

Testimony of Sheena Graham, Teacher in the Bridgeport Public School System, before the Education Committee


MAR 6

HB 5217: AA ESTABLISHING A WORKING GROUP TO STUDY ISSUES RELATING TO SCHOOL START TIMES

SB 314: AA CONCERNING THE INCLUSION OF NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES IN THE SOCIAL STUDIES CURRICULUM

HB 5220: AA EXPANDING ELIGIBILITY IN THE CARE4KIDS PROGRAM TO PARENTS PARTICIPATING IN AN EVEN START PROGRAM OR ENROLLED IN CERTAIN SECONDARY EDUCATION PROGRAMS

HB 5222: AA EXPANDING ELIGIBILITY IN THE CARE4KIDS PROGRAM FOR HOMELESS FAMILIES

HB 5379: AA CONCERNING THE ALLOCATION OF SLOTS FOR STATEFUNDED CHILD CARE CENTERS

HB 5213: AA CONCERNING THE CREATION OF A PILOT PROGRAM FOR AN EARLY CHILDHOOD BUSINESS INCUBATOR MODEL

HB 5380: AA CONCERNING SCHOOL LITERACY

HB 5215: AA CONCERNING THE INCLUSION OF CLIMATE CHANGE INSTRUCTION IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOL CURRICULUM

Testimony of Ray Rossomando, CEA Director of Policy, Research, and Government Relations, before the Education Committee


SB 318: An Act Protecting Employee Freedom of Speech and Conscience
Testimony of Jeff Leake, President of the Connecticut Education Association, before the Judiciary Committee


SB 312: An Act Concerning School Counselors
Testimony of Tom Nicholas, School Social Worker and Vice President of the Connecticut Education Association (CEA), before the Education Committee


SB 172: An Act Implementing the Recommendations of the Department of Education
Testimony of Michele O’Neill, Education Issues Specialist for the Connecticut Education Association, before the Education Committee


HB 5376, An Act Concerning the Implementation of edTPA as Part of Educator Preparation Programs
Testimony of Kathrine Grant, President of CEA’s Aspiring Educators Program, before the Education Committee


RB 173 AA Concerning the Development of a Framework for Assessing the Provision of Public Education in Connecticut
Testimony of Jeff Leake, President of the Connecticut Education Association, before the Education Committee


FEBRUARY

FEB 26

SB 140 An Act Requiring Free Feminine Hygiene Products in Middle and High School Student Bathrooms
Testimony of Kate Field, Teacher Development Specialist, Connecticut Education Association Before the Public Health Committee

FEB 25

SB 157 An Act Concerning The Provision of Free Feminine Hygiene Products in Middle and High School Student Bathrooms
Testimony of Kate Field, Teacher Development Specialist, Connecticut Education Association Before the Children’s Committee


HB 5270 An Act Concerning The Right of a Public Employee to Join or Support a Union
Testimony of Jeff Leake, President, Connecticut Education Association Before the Labor Committee


HB 5271 An Act Concerning Breastfeeding in the Workplace
Testimony of The Connecticut Education Association, Before the Labor Committee


BPRC: CEA Wants Safe & Compassionate Preventive Care for Students with Trauma
Testimony of Orlando Rodriguez, Research and Policy Development Specialist for the Connecticut Education Association (CEA)

APRIL

Apr 5

SB 873: An Act Stabilizing the Teachers’ Retirement Fund

Testimony of Jeff Leake, CEA President and Robyn Kaplan-Cho, Retirement Specialist, before the Appropriations Committee

MARCH

Mar 29

SB 792: An Act Creating an Advisory Committee to Study Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Expression That Occurs in Workplaces and Schools in the State

Testimony of Ray Rossomando, CEA Director of Policy, Research, and Government Relations, before the Judiciary Committee


Mar 19

SB 1053: An Act Expanding Medicaid and Husky B Coverage for Children

Testimony of Orlando Rodriguez, CEA Research and Policy Development Specialist, before the Human Services Committee


Mar 18

HB 7353: An Act Concerning Various Issues Relating to Special Education

Testimony of Brendan Murphy, CEA Uniserv Representative, before the Education Committee


HB 7350: An Act Concerning Regional Cooperation and the Sharing of Services Among Regional Educational Service Centers and Member Boards of Education

HB 7355: An Act Concerning A Study of the Education Cost Sharing Formula

SB 1068: An Act Concerning The Minimum Budget Requirement

Testimony of Orlando Rodriguez, CEA Research and Policy Development Specialist, before the Education Committee


HB 7352: An Act Concerning Minor Revisions and Additions to the Education Statutes

HB 7356: An Act Concerning School Security

SB 1067: An Act Establishing a Task Force to Analyze the Implementation of Laws Governing Dyslexia Instruction and Training

Testimony of Kate Field and Michele Ridolfi O’Neill, staff members of the Connecticut Education Association’s policy and research department, before the Education Committee


SB 1069: An Act Concerning Various Revisions and Additions to the Education Statutes

Testimony of Ray Rossomando, CEA Director of Policy, Research, and Government Relations, before the Education Committee


Mar 15

SB 64: An Act Concerning Captive Audience Meetings

Testimony of Ray Rossomando, CEA Director of Policy, Research, and Government Relations, before the Labor Committee


SB 440: An Act Protecting Employee Freedom of Speech and Conscience

Testimony of Ray Rossomando, CEA Director of Policy, Research, and Government Relations, before the Judiciary Committee


Mar 13

SB 1020: An Act Concerning School Equity

SB 1022: An Act Concerning Minority Teacher Recruitment And Retention

HB 7149: An Act Bolstering Minority Teacher Recruitment
Testimony of Orlando Rodriguez, CEA Research and Policy Development Specialist, before the Education Committee


SB 1022: An Act Concerning Minority Teacher Recruitment And Retention

HB 7149: An Act Bolstering Minority Teacher Recruitment

Testimony of Tom Nicholas, CEA Vice President, before the Education Committee


SB 1021: An Act Concerning Minority Teacher Recruitment And Retention

HB 7312: An Act Establishing a Task Force to Study Issues Relating to Parental Involvement with Students

Testimony of Ray Rossomando, CEA Director of Policy, Research, and Government Relations, before the Education Committee


SB 1021: An Act Concerning a Comprehensive Community Schools Pilot Program

Testimony of Gary Peluchette, president of the Bridgeport Education Association, before the Education Committee

Testimony of Shamare G. Holmes, Community Organizer for the Bridgeport Education Alliance for Public Schools (BEAPS), before the Education Committee


Mar 12

SB 901: An Act Concerning Retirement Plans Offered by Political Subdivisions of This State

Testimony of Ray Rossomando, CEA Director of Policy, Research, and Government Relations, before the Insurance and Real Estate Committee


Mar 7

SB 2: An Act Increasing the Minimum Fair Wage

HB 5004: An Act Raising the Minimum Fair Wage
Testimony of Tom Nicholas, CEA Vice President, before the Labor and Public Employees Committee


HB 7273: An Act Concerning A Study of Internships and Student Teaching in College Environments

Testimony of Emily Lynch, on behalf of Western Connecticut State University’s Education Club, before the Labor Committee

Testimony of Kristen Iadarola , on behalf of the Future Teachers Organization at Southern Connecticut State University, before the Labor Committee


Mar 6

HB 7148: An Act Concerning the State Budget for the Biennium Ending June Thirtieth, 2021, and Making Appropriations Therefor
Testimony of Jeff Leake, CEA President, before the Appropriations Committee

Testimony of Robyn Kaplan-Cho, Retirement Specialist, before the Appropriations Committee


HB 7082 (Raised): An Act Concerning the Inclusion of African-American Studies in the Public School Curriculum

HB 7083 (Raised): An Act Concerning the Inclusion of Puerto Rican And Latino Studies in the Public School Curriculum

Testimony of Jeff Leake, CEA President, before the Education Committee

Testimony of Sean Mosley, Connecticut Educator, before the Education Committee


HB 7250: An Act Concerning the Improvement of Child Development Through Play

Testimony of Kate Field, CEA Teacher Development Specialist, before the Education Committee


SB 956: An Act Concerning A Comprehensive School Counselor Program

Testimony of Ray Rossomando , CEA Director of Policy, Research, and Government Relations, before the Education Committee


Mar 5

HB 7215: An Act Concerning Safe School Climate Policies
Testimony of Ray Rossomando , CEA Director of Policy, Research, and Government Relations, before the Committee on Children


Mar 1

SB 457: An Act Concerning the Size of School Districts

SB 738: An Act Concerning the Creation of Regional School Districts

SB 874: An Act Concerning Education Initiatives and Services in Connecticut
Testimony of Orlando J. Rodriguez, CEA Research and Policy Development Specialist, before the Education Committee


HB 7150: An Act Implementing the Governor’s Budget Recommendations Concerning Education
Testimony of Jeff Leake, CEA President, before the Education Committee
Testimony of Ray Rossomando, CEA Director of Policy, Research, and Government Relations, before the Education Committee


Governor’s Bill No. 874: Sec. 13-16 (Social Emotional Learning)
Testimony of Kate Field, CEA Teacher Development Specialist, before the Education Committee


February

Feb 28

SB 891: An Act Concerning the Failure to Report Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect

Testimony of Ray Rossomando, CEA Director of Policy, Research, and Government Relations, before the Committee on Children

Feb 26

SB 164: An Act Including Certain Mental or Emotional Impairments Within the ‘Definition of Personal Injury’ Under the Workers’ Compensation Statutes

Testimony of Melanie I. Kolek, CEA Legal Counsel, before the Committee on Labor and Public Employees

HB 7133: An Act Concerning Blood Lead Level Requirements

Testimony of Orlando J. Rodriguez, CEA Research and Policy Development Specialist, before the Public Health Committee

 

Feb 22

SB 814: An Act Requiring Boards of Education to Conduct Testing of Water Supplies in Public Schools for the Presence of Lead

HB 7112: An Act Increasing the Amount a Town May Deposit into a Non Lapsing Account for Unexpended Education Funds

HB 7109: An Act Concerning Interdistrict Magnet School Program Funding

Testimony of Orlando J. Rodriguez, CEA Research and Policy Development Specialist, before the Education Committee

HB 7110: An Act Concerning Enhanced Classroom Safety And School Climate

Testimony of Jeff Leake, CEA President, before the Education Committee
Testimony of Tom Nicholas, CEA Vice President, before the Education Committee
Testimony of Ray Rossomando, CEA Director of Policy, Research, and Government Relations, on behalf of anonymous educators from 3 Connecticut small towns, before the Education Committee
Testimony of Bob Namnoum, CEA UniServ Representative, before the Education Committee
Testimony of Michael Casey, CEA UniServ Representative, before the Education Committee
Testimony of Rob Lamoureaux, CEA UniServ Representative, on behalf of anonymous educator from a small coastal Connecticut town, before the Education Committee
Testimony of Sue Fulleton on behalf of anonymous educator from Connectut’s northeast corner, before the Education Committee
Testimony of Robyn Kaplan-Cho, Retirement Specialist, before the Education Committee
Testimony of Cindy Mazzotta, East Hampton teacher, before the Education Committee
Testimony of Jennifer Reynolds, Danbury teacher, before the Education Committee
Testimony of Danielle Fragoso, Madison teacher, before the Education Committee
Testimony of anonymous Connecticut educator, before the Education Committee

Feb 21

RE: HB 6926, 6930, 6935, 6936
Oppose: HB 5637

Testimony of Jeff Leake, CEA President, before the Labor Committee

Feb 19

Connecticut Legislative Black & Puerto Rican Caucus – Public Forum

Testimony of Tiffany Ladson-Lang, 22-year veteran educator

HB 7110 – An Act Concerning Enhanced Classroom Safety and School Climate

Testimony of Faith Sweeney, classroom teacher, literacy interventionist and literacy coach in Stamford, Greenwich, and Westport, before the Connecticut Legislative Black & Puerto Rican Caucus
Testimony of Kristen Ann Record, Physics Teacher; Bunnell High School; Stratford, CT, before the Connecticut Legislative Black & Puerto Rican Caucus

Re: Education Cost Sharing Grant (ECS)

Testimony of Tom Nicholas, CEA Vice President, before the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus

Re: Issues of Concern for CT Educators of Color

Testimony of Sean M. Mosley, Waterbury Teacher, before the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus

Re: Minority Teacher Recruitment & Retention

Testimony of Orlando Rodriguez, CEA Research and Policy Development Specialist, before the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus

Feb 14

SB 808: An Act Concerning Workforce Housing

Testimony of Orlando Rodriguez, CEA Research and Policy Development Specialist, before the Housing Committee