Educators across the state are rising up to demand a Recovery for All and full funding for our schools.
Join us Monday, March 29, at 4:30 pm for a statewide CEA Recovery for All Meeting to learn more about this educator-led campaign to fund our future–and what you can do to secure the funding your students need.
For years, educators have been accomplishing the impossible with shoestring budgets, working tirelessly to support students who suffer from food insecurity, housing inequality, mental health trauma, and racism–all without adequate funding. This must end.
Your colleagues are standing up and speaking out. In Danbury yesterday, educators joined with community members, nurses, bus drivers, parents, students, and legislators to demand funding in a city whose students, teachers, and community have been left behind long before the COVID-19 crisis. Read story.
Erin Daly, a third-grade teacher and president of NEA Danbury, said, “Our children have a right to an equitable education. The injustice in school funding puts our students at a disadvantage. It is time to stop the excuses and political maneuvering and make the commitment to invest in our schools and our community.”
Luanelly Iglesias, a bilingual educator in Danbury and a single mother, shared that she has experienced the hardships caused by the state’s inequitable tax structure—both in her personal life and in her classroom.
“I have seen many unmotivated and depressed students after their parents lost their jobs, couldn’t afford to pay their bills, and had to move in with friends or relatives. Our schools require critical funding to meet the growing needs of our students, including more support for English learners and students who receive special services, counselors, health services, and other important programs that provide our students with the best opportunities to succeed,” said Iglesias.
Join us on Monday to learn more about the teacher-led campaign to fully fund our schools and other essential services. Taking part in this effort is vitally important because:
- When federal funds run out, state education aid at its current level will result in catastrophic personnel and program cuts at our schools.
- Without increased funding, real raises, enhanced staffing, and upgrades to buildings are off the table in Connecticut.
- Students deserve physical and mental health professionals in every school, support for those with special needs, and smaller class sizes.
- We know what our schools can be and what they need to be, but we need the money to make high quality public education available to every student in Connecticut.
- There is no shortage of money in our state, only the political will to want to use it to benefit students.
Please register and join your colleagues Monday to support full funding for all Connecticut students and schools.