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posted Mar 12, 2011, 3:10 PM by Vice President NCEA   [ updated Mar 12, 2011, 3:12 PM ]
Education Committee Members Need to Be Contacted NOW

Your Rights Are At Stake

 

 

AT ISSUE

In the next several days, the Education Committee will consider whether or not to amend your collective bargaining rights as contained in the Teacher Negotiation Act. They will be voting on Raised Bill No. 6324. An Act Concerning Teacher Employment Criteria.

 

Self-styled “reformers” want to use the $3.6 billion budget deficit facing Connecticut to restrict the rights of teachers that are spelled out in the Teacher Negotiations Act and the Fair Dismissal Act. They want administrators be able to lay off experienced teachers and keep less expensive, less experienced teachers.

 

This is not about teacher quality. It’s about money— and it’s not fair.

 

These reformers show no understanding that teachers are evaluated every year. They have been suggesting to members of the public that competence has little to do with experience and ignore the fact that processes such as required annual evaluations provide assurance of satisfactory performance.

 

Tell members of the Committee you do not want your contractual rights changed. You didn’t cause this fiscal crisis and it should in no way be used against you. Ask them to vote against Raised Bill No. 6324.

 

AT ISSUE

The Committee will also be debating whether to allow the Commissioner of Education to grant certification waivers to administrators and teachers in charter schools. Raised Bill No. 1104. An Act Concerning Charter Schools, seeks to eliminate high-quality educator standards that are the underpinning of our profession for the convenience of some charter school corporations that believe they should set their own standards. If this passes, it would diminish the value of certification for everyone.

 

There are a great number of traditional schools in Connecticut that outperform charters at similar or greater levels of poverty. They are not asking for waivers. We want highly qualified and certified teachers in all of our state’s classrooms.

 

Let members of the Education Committee hear from you. Tell them not to relax standards or take away your rights. Let them know you want quality education for all students. Ask them to vote against Raised Bill No. 1104.

 


Contact Members of The Education Committee

 

Below are the names of the Education Committee members. Please contact the co-chairs of the Committee, Rep. Andrew Fleischmann and Sen. Andrea Stillman; and the Vice-Chairs, Rep. Douglas McCrory and Sen. John Fonfara. In addition, we urge you to contact education committee members who live in your town and also your state representative and/or state senator. Please email, write and/or call NOW.


 

 

first name

last name

home street address

 city

zip

 

email

Representing Towns

H

R

Tim

Ackert

67 Deer Hill Lane

Coventry

06238

860-240-8700

tim.ackert@housegop.ct.gov

Columbia, Coventry, Vernon(p)

S

R

Antonietta "Toni"

Boucher

5 Wicks End Lane

Wilton

06897

860-240-8800

Toni.Boucher@cga.ct.gov

Bethel(p), New Canaan(p), Redding, Ridgefield, Weston(p), Westport, Wilton

S

D

Beth

Bye

99 Outlook Avenue

West Hartford

06119

860-240-8600

http://www.senatedems.ct.gov/Bye-mailform.html

Bloomfield(p), Burlington, Farmington(p), West Hartford

H

R

Christie

Carpino

29 Sovereign Ridge

Cromwell

06416

860-240-8700

christie.carpino@housegop.ct.gov

Cromwell, Middletown(p), Portland

H

D

Michelle

Cook

499 Charles Street

Torrington

06790

860-240-8500

Michelle.Cook@cga.ct.gov

Torrington(p)

H

D

Paul

Davis

335 Smith Farm Road

Orange

06477

860-240-8500

Paul.Davis@cga.ct.gov

Milford(p), Orange(p), West Haven(p)

H

D

Andrew

Fleischmann Co-Chair

25 Sherwood Road

West Hartford

06117

860-240-8500

Andrew.Fleischmann@cga.ct.gov

West Harford(p)

S

D

John

Fonfara        Vice Chair

99 Montowese Street

Hartford

06114

860-240-8600

http://www.senatedems.ct.gov/Fonfara-mailform.html

Hartford(p), Wethersfield(p)

H

R

Henry

Genga

5 Elaine Drive

East Hartford

06118

860-240-8700

henry.genga@cga.ct.gov

East Hartford(p)

H

R

Marilyn

Giuliano

43 Cricket Court

Old Saybrook

06475

860-240-8700

Marilyn.Giuliano@housegop.ct.gov

Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Westbrook(p)

H

D

Auden

Grogins

155 Brewster Street

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