That Was Friedrichs; This Is Janus

posted Dec 6, 2017, 3:29 PM by Vice President NCEA   [ updated Dec 6, 2017, 3:31 PM ]

A lawsuit making its way through the U.S. Supreme Court, Janus Vs. AFSCME, is designed to weaken unions and erode many of their hard-won benefits, including rights that teachers have enjoyed for decades. The case is expected to be heard in January and a decision rendered by June 2018/

CEA Professional Learning Academy

posted Sep 25, 2017, 5:26 PM by Vice President NCEA

CEA Professional Learning Academy offers a wealth of professional development opportunities for teachers, aligned with Connecticut's professional learning standards.


  • Developed by educators with teaching and administration experience, and other experts in law and special education
  • Delivered on-site—no costly conference attendance
  • Designed to provide practical tools and build immediately useful skills
  • Customizable to your local needs, groups, environment, and circumstances
  • Continually updated to include new strategies and to address evolving needs

For more information or to schedule a professional development workshop, contact CEA's Professional Learning Academy at 860-525-5641 or at

CEA Retirement Workshops

posted Sep 25, 2017, 5:24 PM by Vice President NCEA

CEA Retirement Workshops Coming to a School Near You

by Laurel Killough on September 21, 2017

Want to learn more about planning for retirement? Comprehensive CEA workshops held around the state cover all issues related to the State Teachers’ Retirement System, such as retirement eligibility, purchasing additional service, how Social Security may be affected, retiree health insurance, and choosing a retirement plan.

CEA Retirement Specialist Robyn Kaplan-Cho will cover a wide range of issues and offer time for questions following the presentation. The workshops are held at various locations around the state throughout the fall and in the early spring.

Any active CEA member who wishes to begin planning for retirement is encouraged to attend a workshop. It is never too early to educate yourself!

Click here for more information and to register for a workshop.

The Teacher Tax

posted Sep 25, 2017, 5:22 PM by Vice President NCEA   [ updated Sep 25, 2017, 5:28 PM ]

Setting the Record Straight on the Teacher Tax

by Sheila Cohen on September 22, 2017

A message from CEA President Sheila Cohen

Thank you for your advocacy and activism in fighting back against the teacher tax and the cost shift proposals. The Republican budget that passed the legislature contained a teacher tax, but no cost shift. However, the governor has said he will veto that plan, and that would mean legislators once again will be considering both issues to try to solve the budget deficit. We must stand strong and ready to fight back against both the cost shift and the teacher tax because they hurt students, teachers, and public education.

Because of your continued outreach and strong objections to the teacher tax, there is a lot of misinformation being shared by some legislators.

I want to be perfectly clear: THIS IS A TAX ON TEACHERS.

Here are the facts:

  • The Republican budget increases the payroll tax on teachers from 6 percent to 8 percent.
  • This will cost every teacher about $1,500 per year.
  • Unlike other pension contributions, the budget counts this additional 2% as tax revenue.
  • This increase will generate almost $100 million to reduce the state’s deficit instead of reducing the unfunded liability for teacher retirement
  • None of this tax increase will go toward the state’s unfunded teacher pension liability—it will instead reduce the state’s contribution to teacher retirement.

Unlike other pension contributions, this additional 2% increase counts as tax revenue—PERIOD!

Click here for The Facts About the Teacher Tax.

Please feel free to share this information with your colleagues, friends, and family members and to post it on your social media networks.

Our voices are being heard and we will continue to speak out against all attempts to balance the budget on the backs of students and teachers. We will fight against any new proposals that include a teacher tax or a cost shift that moves the state’s share of teacher retirement costs onto cities and towns.

We must keep up our advocacy until we have a fair budget that works for all of us and invests in public education.

Thank you for your continued activism and support.


posted Apr 22, 2017, 3:36 PM by Vice President NCEA   [ updated Apr 22, 2017, 3:41 PM ]

CEA Retirement Workshops

posted Sep 14, 2016, 4:10 PM by Vice President NCEA

Retirement Information

posted Apr 7, 2016, 7:43 AM by Vice President NCEA   [ updated Apr 7, 2016, 7:48 AM ]

Check the
Teacher's Retirement Board website for information related to retirement. 
You can also check out their attached presentation.

Check your CT Certification

posted Sep 4, 2015, 10:36 AM by Vice President NCEA   [ updated Sep 4, 2015, 10:37 AM ]

It is important that your certification remains current. You can check yours at the CT State Department of Education

Former CT Public School Teacher Selected to Lead State Department of Education

posted Apr 17, 2015, 2:51 PM by Vice President NCEA

The next Connecticut commissioner of education is a long-time educator with many years of experience in the classroom and as a school leader. Dr. Dianna Wentzell was today named commissioner after serving as the interim commissioner of the department since January.

Wentzell has over 25 years of experience working in Connecticut public schools in roles including social studies teacher, curriculum director, chief academic officer, and assistant superintendent.

Statement from CEA President Sheila Cohen on Dr. Wentzell’s Selection as Education Commissioner

We welcome the recommendation of Dr. Dianna Wentzell, a person with such depth and experience in public education, and we look forward to the opportunity to work with her in the best interests of children, teachers, and public education.

Newly selected Commissioner of Education Dianna Wentzell and CEA President Sheila Cohen.

Newly selected Commissioner of Education Dianna Wentzell and CEA President Sheila Cohen.

We are pleased that Governor Malloy has acknowledged the voice of public school teachers regarding their desire that the next commissioner be a public school educator.

Dr. Wentzell recognizes that genuine collaboration among public education stakeholders will make Connecticut’s already strong public education system even stronger. Her willingness to listen—as well as her extensive direct teaching experience in our public schools—makes her a wise choice.

Her wealth of practical knowledge about what works in public education will be invaluable as she works to develop a vision for our public schools. CEA looks forward to communicating our strong support of Dr. Wentzell to the Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee.

CEA has worked with Dr. Wentzell on numerous committees. We have found her to be a dedicated educator and sound collaborator with keen insights gathered on the frontlines of public education. These attributes are a big plus for Connecticut’s schoolchildren.

CEA President Sheila Cohen Addresses Delegates at the 2014 CEA RA

posted May 8, 2014, 6:02 PM by Vice President NCEA

CEA President Sheila Cohen delivered an impassioned speech challenging delegates to take on the mythmakers in the public education arena and raise awareness about the facts regarding public schools and CEA's accomplishments this year.

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