State news roundup for May 5, 2012


Connecticut – Roundup of CEA rally coverage

The Connecticut Education Association is featuring a great wrapup of media coverage of their recent rallies. You can watch video from WTNH below, and check out more great clips at

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Colorado – Colorado Education Association elects new president

The Colorado Education Association on Friday, April 27 elected Kerrie Dallman its new president at its annual statewide delegate assembly.

Dallman, who is currently the president of Jefferson County Education Association, will officially take office in July for a three-year term.

“I am humbled by the faith that CEA leaders placed in me today,” said Dallman.  “I am committed to leading an inclusive organization where members are empowered to own their profession and organize for the future to make sure every student has access to a great public education.”

Dallman is a recognized education leader in Colorado for her work on behalf of public school students in the state’s largest school district.  She serves on the State Council for Educator Effectiveness and is an inaugural class member of the Aspen Teacher Leader Fellows program.

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Pennsylvania -MSNBC’s The Ed Show features York City EA President Kim Schwarz

Once again, Gov. Corbett’s unprecedented school funding cuts in Pennsylvania make national news. York City EA President Kim Schwarz recently appeared on MSNBC’s The Ed Show to discuss the impact of these cuts in York City School District. The show aired on Wednesday, May 2.

Gov. Corbett cut the school district’s 2011-2012 state funding by $8.4 million, a decrease of 15.7 percent, forcing the school to furlough staff and eliminate programs that work for students. This year, the governor proposes to cut even more.

Facing a nearly $19 million budget shortfall, York City School District continues to struggle to educate its students.

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New York – Delegates give directions on funding, professional issues

Delegates on Saturday, April 28, finished framing the course of action for NYSUT for the next year.

From the youngest who need early child care to adult learners who need educational programs, delegates asked the union to push for:

  • more federal and state funds for child care;
  • changing laws and regulations so more families can afford child care;
  • more funding for Career and Technical Education schools as well as the renovation and expansion of these schools in the state’s capital plans, and to coordinate CTE programs with industry and higher education partners, labor unions and other associations;
  • more protections for gifted and talented students by working with the State Education Department to establish minimum and exemplary standards for the pre-K-12 programs, and by seeking laws to require that a certified gifted and talented specialist be responsible for developing gifted and talented learner’s Individualized Educational Programs and be given sufficient time to do so; and n more programs for adult and continuing education, especially for those earning their general equivalency credentials or acquiring English language skills. UFT delegates offered a specific strategy, directing the union to form a committee to examine ways Employment Preparation Education monies could be used to meet these needs.

Delegates asked the union to get the tax cap law that passed last year repealed or radically modified.

Specifically delegates directed NYSUT’s Small and Rural Locals Advisory Council to develop data and publicize the impact of the tax cap as state aid continues to decline, to seek laws that provide meaningful exemptions to the current tax cap, and to provide for a simple majority vote to override.

Find out more about NYSUT’s priorities for next year at


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