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BOE Revisits Rejected Feasibility Study — June 17, 2018

BOE Revisits Rejected Feasibility Study

On Tuesday evening (June 19) at 6:30 PM the Bristol Board of Education’s Operation Committee will revisit the Feasibility Study that was completed by DRA and rejected at a full BOE meeting in late 2017.

Those with questions or concerns regarding the possibility of more K-8 schools, the proposed Arts Magnet School at MBMS, or eventually redistricting are encouraged to attend.

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BFT President Speaks in Support of Classroom Safety Bill — June 13, 2018

BFT President Speaks in Support of Classroom Safety Bill

From WSHU (NPR affiliate)

From The Day

CT-N Video of the Round Table Event at the Legislative Office Building

Thanks to your personal stories, emails, and phone calls, legislators overwhelmingly supported and passed SB 453. But our fight is not over yet. Your legislators need to hear from you again as this is our last chance to persuade them to override Malloy’s veto.

With Malloy’s veto of the bill, the safety of students and teachers continues to be put at risk. His veto was based on false information and a misrepresentation of the facts.  Now we need to ask for your support one last time. Without it, this bill will die, and students will lose the best chance they had to get the help they need before it’s too late.

Set the record straight. Give your legislators the facts and ask for their support in overriding the governor’s veto.

CLICK HERE to contact your legislators one last time on this important issue.

CLICK HERE to contact legislative leaders.

Help Override Gov. Malloy’s Student Discipline Veto — June 10, 2018

Help Override Gov. Malloy’s Student Discipline Veto

Malloy veto misrepresents the facts. Set the record straight and get the classroom safety bill passed.

The governor’s veto of the classroom safety bill puts the safety of students and teachers at risk. The veto was based on false information and a misrepresentation of the facts. We need to set the record straight.

We need to provide legislators with the facts and convince them to override the veto of this important bill—which will make our schools safer and provide supports and resources for students.

Thanks to your personal stories, emails, and phone calls, your legislators overwhelmingly supported and passed Senate Bill 453, An Act Concerning Classroom Safety and Disruptive Behavior, now called Public Act 18-89. Now we need to ask for their support again. Without it, this bill will die, and students will lose the best chance they had to get the help they need before it’s too late.

Set the record straight. Give your legislators the facts and ask for their support in overriding the governor’s veto.

CLICK HERE to contact your legislators.

Malloy Vetoes Student Discipline Bill — June 7, 2018
New Law on Student Discipline being Undermined by Superintendents? — June 5, 2018

New Law on Student Discipline being Undermined by Superintendents?

Governor Malloy is deciding whether to sign or veto Senate Bill 453 An Act Concerning Classroom Safety and Disruptive Behavior, now called Public Act 18-89, and unfortunately, some superintendents are lobbying him to veto it.

The bill helps stem the tide of student assaults by making classrooms safer and providing appropriate supports and interventions to disruptive students.

CEA leadership met with the Governor’s staff to explain the bill, which

·         Reduces discriminatory discipline

·         Emphasizes supports and assistance to students in need

·         Provides special education students with greater protections than currently exist

We need every teacher to reach out to the Governor asking him to sign Public Act 18-89.

CLICK HERE to send a message to Governor Malloy, or call him at (860) 566-4840.

Congressional Democrats Propose “A Better Deal” for Teachers and Students — May 23, 2018

Congressional Democrats Propose “A Better Deal” for Teachers and Students

Washington Post Article

PBS Newshour Article

USA Today Op-Ed

Below if an AFT Press Release

Yesterday, Lily Eskelsen Garcia and I stood with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic congressional leaders on Capitol Hill to support their Better Deal for Teachers and Students initiative. Unlike others who spout rhetoric about the importance of teachers—like Betsy DeVos, who was on the Hill at the same time—the Democratic plan has real solutions addressing pay, equity and investments in education.

The conditions facing educators and students today are not new: 29 states still spend less on public education than before the Great Recession. To pay their bills, 59 percent of teachers have worked a second job. And we’re the only professionals I know who, as part of the job, dig into our own pockets to cover the necessities that elected officials are failing to provide our students.

Investing in the future of public education in America is a top priority. Urge your members of Congress to support the Better Deal for Teachers and Students.

A Better Deal for Teachers and Students prioritizes making an investment in our children, in teaching and learning, and in our profession. It would:

  • Dedicate $50 billion to states and school districts to increase teacher compensation and recruit and retain a strong, diverse workforce over the next 10 years;
  • Establish a new $50 billion fund for school infrastructure and resources;
  • Provide additional support to initiatives that increase capacity in Title I schools and ensure all students have access to a well-rounded education;
  • Protect teachers’ freedom to negotiate for better pay and conditions by safeguarding the right of public employees to join unions, collectively bargain and engage in collective action to support each other. It would also respect the voices of these professionals when making decisions about what’s best for their students; and
  • Meet our federal commitment to fund special education.

This plan recognizes that public education, is the vehicle through which we enable opportunity for all children. It proposes legislation that will protect educators’ freedom to advocate for themselves and their students through strong unions and collective bargaining, so that teachers don’t have to turn to their last resort—walking out and taking to the streets—for their students to get the attention and resources their schools need.

These are the same things teachers in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona, Colorado and North Carolina were fighting for when they walked out of their classrooms and into their capitol buildings.

We need both Republicans and Democrats to work together to pass legislation to enact A Better Deal for Teachers and Students.

In unity,
Randi Weingarten
AFT President

 

SB 453 Passes! It’s a Win For Classroom Safety and Less Disruption — May 12, 2018

SB 453 Passes! It’s a Win For Classroom Safety and Less Disruption

Thanks to the thousands of teacher testimonials and letters to legislators like yours, SB 453, AAC Classroom Safety and Disruptive Behavior, passed through both the Senate and the House of Representatives with great support! This will support students in need of services and assistance, while ensuring the classroom safety of students and educators. It helps students avoid the criminal justice system, and promotes more learning time.

Please CLICK HERE and take a moment to thank your legislator for voting in favor of SB 453 and ensuring that schools are safe places to work and learn.

Thank you again for speaking up and making the passage of this important piece of legislation possible.

Classroom Safety and Disruptive Behavior — May 6, 2018

Classroom Safety and Disruptive Behavior

We’re happy to report that SB 453, AAC Classroom Safety and Disruptive Behavior, passed in the Senate unanimously!

But with only 3 days to go in the legislative session, it still needs to be brought up for a vote in the House of Representatives and we need your help to ensure it does.

Please contact legislative leaders in the House and urge them to call for a vote on SB 453 to prevent assaults on teachers and keep our classrooms safe.

Click here to email the legislative leaders.

The clock runs out at midnight on May 9, so now is the time to make your voice heard and help ensure schools are safe places to work and learn.

Reduce Teacher Tax — April 25, 2018

Reduce Teacher Tax

It’s time to roll back the 1% teacher tax increase.

The legislature is currently considering action on a budget bill. We have two weeks left to fight for a roll back of the teacher tax from 7% to 6%.

Now is the time to call your legislature and ask them to pass HB 5430 Act Concerning Teachers’ Retirement Commission Contributions.

Because of teachers’ voices, HB 5430 was passed out of committee.

Rolling back this unfair increase will require votes in the House and the Senate before midnight May 9. Your legislators and legislative leaders need to hear from you in order to make this happen.

Click here to email your legislator and tell them to roll back the teacher tax and pass HB 5430.

Click here to email the legislative leaders and urge them to call for a vote on HB 5430.

District Survey — April 22, 2018

District Survey

All Bristol teachers are encouraged to participate in the district survey being independently conducted online. A one time use access code has been provided to each teacher and was placed in school mailboxes last week. The survey asks a number of multiple choice questions  before allowing comments. Please note that before hitting “submit” you will have the opportunity to extend the survey and answer more questions. You will have this opportunity several times, perhaps tripling the number of questions. Doing so will allow you to give feedback on the morale of your school, and direction of the district.

This is a unique opportunity to give honest, direct feedback to Central Office administrators and elected Board of Education members.