As educators, you deal with a host of issues and challenges in your schools.

The mental health crisis is bigger than ever. You see what many don’t–the effects of student trauma on children and classrooms every day– and we know you do your best to help all your students.

Too many schools have poorly ventilated classrooms, cold classrooms where students have to wear coats and gloves indoors. There’s mold growing in air ducts and behind ceiling tiles and other conditions that make it, frankly, impossible to teach, or to learn.

We know that improving mental health supports, focusing on student health and wellness, and recruiting and retaining educators are critical to our students’ school success.

And we need to make sure legislators know it too.

Tell you legislators what they don’t see, so that they understand what the needs are, so that they hear our calls to action, and they see the faces and hear the real-life stories behind those calls.

Share your personal stories, your students’ stories, their families stories by telling legislators what they don’t see in your classrooms.

Recent Articles

Take Action Today to Improve Air Quality in Our Schools 

Hundreds of school buildings across Connecticut are served by heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems that are aging, in disrepair, or in urgent need of replacement. Some schools have…

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State Rep Encourages Colleagues to Take Action on Students’ Mental Health

Connecticut teaches have been advocating for more mental health supports in our schools for years, but it’s taken a pandemic to awaken the general public to students’ struggles. The legislature…

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Children Describe Desperate Need for More Mental Health Professionals in Schools

It’s not just educators and parents advocating for more mental health professionals in schools—students see the need most of all. “If I had something come up that was immediate, frankly, I don’t know what I would do,” says Danbury High School student Will Sweeney, explaining that the mental health professionals at his school are usually booked solid for appointments.

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CEA Members Urge Legislators to Act on Teachers’ Top Priorities

Testifying on everything from education funding to kindergarten start age to recruiting and retaining a diverse teaching force and more, many CEA leaders, members, and staff spoke up before the…

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Dire Consequences of Unaddressed Mental Health Challenges

Children’s aggressive and disruptive behaviors draw immediate attention to their need for mental health supports, but quiet students can also have severe needs for supports that can go unaddressed.

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Teachers Speak Up in Support of Bill to Set Air Quality, Classroom Temperature Standards

From extreme heat and humidity to freezing temperatures to mold that makes children and teachers sick, Connecticut schools are in dire need of improved indoor air quality, and a bill…

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Legislators Speak Out on Why Schools Need to Improve Air Quality, Join Them

Mold, toxic air, poor ventilation systems—these are hidden risks to children’s health that CEA is asking legislators to address as part of our What You Don’t See campaign. Educators, students,…

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Tell Legislators That Improving School Air Quality Can’t Wait

Your voice can make a critical difference in ensuring our schools have clean air, with working, well-maintained ventilation, heating, and air conditioning systems that keep students and staff healthy and…

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What You Don’t See in Connecticut Classrooms: Soaring Rates of Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, Stress, and Suicide

Educators, parents, students, and legislators are joining a CEA social media campaign.

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Governor Announces Proposal to Assist Schools in Paying for HVAC System Upgrades

“Given the excellence of educators in our state, I love the idea that our buildings could match that level of excellence,” CEA President Kate Dias told officials gathered today for a news conference at a school in Old Wethersfield announcing new funding to improve school ventilation systems.

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At Legislative Hearing CEA Members Emphasize Need for More Supports for Students’ Mental Health

Nearly 300 people, including many CEA members, signed up to testify at the legislature on bills aimed at improving children’s mental health.

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Teachers Share with Legislators What’s Really Going on in Schools

Legislators don’t know what goes on in classrooms every day unless they hear from teachers. That’s why CEA members around the state have been meeting with legislators this winter to…

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CEA Members Lobby Congress on Behalf of Students, Education Funding

As the U.S. Congress works to finalize a fiscal year 2022 omnibus spending bill, CEA members have joined their NEA colleagues from around the country in lobbying members of Congress…

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For Students to Thrive, Size Matters in Schools

When school counselors, social workers, psychologists, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and special education teachers working in our schools have too many children on their caseloads, those children miss out on receiving the supports they need to grow and thrive. Listen to CEA’s latest podcast episode to find out how high case loads negatively effect students.

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National School Counseling Week Highlights Why We Need More Counselors to Support Our Students

Connecticut’s 2021 School Counselor of the Year Curtis Darragh discusses why it’s so important for every student to have access to a school counselor. Additional mental health supports in schools are one of CEA’s top priorities this legislative session.

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National Survey Finds Schools Are Short-Staffed, Educators Burned Out

A new survey by the National Education Association of members’ opinions on key issues facing public education during the pandemic shows that the massive staff shortages in public schools are…

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CEA Sends Letter Urging Congressional Delegation to Help Improve Air Quality in Schools

CEA recently sent letters to all members of Connecticut’s Congressional Delegation asking for help in securing federal funds to help school districts update and repair outdated HVAC systems as well as install air conditioning.

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Latest CEA Podcast Episode: What Happens When Schools Are Underfunded?

In Episode 4 of CEA’s Podcast, Two T’s in a Pod, NEA-Danbury President Erin Daly talks with CEA President Kate Dias and Vice President Joslyn DeLancey about the realities students and teachers face when their schools receive significantly less funding than those in nearby districts.

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Video Attachments

Tell you legislators what they don’t see, so that they understand what the needs are, so that they hear our calls to action, and they see the faces and hear the real-life stories behind those calls.

Share your personal stories, your students’ stories, their families stories by telling legislators what they don’t see in your classrooms.

*WeTransfer is a very easy program to send large files. Send videos to laurelk@cea.org. Click the link above add email addresses, upload video & click send.

*Upload the video file within the Dropbox app, create a shared link, and send it to anyone via email, chat, or text

2022 Testimonials

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Testimony: Expanding Preschool And Mental And Behavioral Services For Children

Testimony of Kate Dias, before the Public Health Committee & Committee on Children

Testimony of Joslyn DeLancey, before the Public Health Committee & Committee on Children

Testimony of Donald Williams, before the Public Health Committee & Committee on Children

Testimony: Children’s Mental Health

Testimony of Kate Dias, before the Public Health Committee & Committee on Children

Testimony of Joslyn DeLancey, before the Public Health Committee & Committee on Children

Testimony of Curtis Darragh IV, before the Public Health Committee & Committee on Children

Schools with the worst student to school counselor ratio

There is a national emergency in children’s mental health. Children and youth are experiencing soaring rates of anxiety, depression, trauma, loneliness, and suicidality. Mental health challenges can affect success at school and in life, yet few students get the help they need to thrive.

BY THE NUMBERS

547,000

Number of K-12 Students (2022 Projection)

1:548

Ratio of School Psychologists to Students (Recommended Ratio 1:500)

39,000

Children with major depression

1:580

Ratio of School Social Workers to Students (Recommended Ratio 1:250)

24,000

Children with major depression who do not receive treatment

1:457

Ratio of School Counselors to Students (Recommended Ratio 1:250)

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CEA’s What You Don’t See Campaign

CEA President Kate Dias explains the importance of participating in the What You Don’t See campaign

State Representative Robin Comey states the seriousness of more mental health professionals in schools.

State Representative Robin Comey expresses the importance of passing new mental health bills in this legislative session.

Vanessa & Cassidy Hammel speak about having a strong support system at school.

Will & Christina Sweeney speak about the difficulties with understaffed school counseling.

Chris Carlisle speaks about a very emotional story and shows the importance of more support for Connecticut students.

State Representative Jonathan Steinberg explains the importance of passing the Indoor Air Quality bill in this legislative session.

State Representatives Jonathan Steinberg & Robin Comey explain the importance of passing the Indoor Air Quality bill.

Educators talk about the mental health crisis students are experiencing and the need for legislators to act.

Children need more mental health supports in school.

Danbury school counselor Curtis Darragh on students’ mental health.

Poor air quality is making children and teachers sick. We must improve air quality in schools.

We must increase supports for children’s mental health.

Watch media coverage:

The CEA's What You Don't See campaign includes powerful video testimony from parents and those on the front lines, battling the mental health crisis in Conn. schools

CT Education Association Launches Campaign to Raise Awareness About Issues Students and Staff Continuously Face

BY THE NUMBERS

547,000

Number of K-12 Students (2022 Projection)

39,000

Children with major depression

24,000

Children with major depression who do not receive treatment

1:548

Ratio of School Psychologists to Students (Recommended Ratio 1:500)

1:580

Ratio of School Social Workers to Students (Recommended Ratio 1:250)

1:457

Ratio of School Counselors to Students (Recommended Ratio 1:250)