CEA Today March 13, 2020

Coronavirus, school closures, and a black market for toilet paper, apparently. In all seriousness, though, please take precautions recommended by the experts and try to keep yourselves and your loved ones safe. 

Now let’s get to what’s going on in our union:

A Message from CEA President Amie Baca-Oehlert

Do you have a cell phone and 20 minutes tomorrow?

NEA Campaigns and Elections need your help on Saturday, March 14th, to communicate with fellow educators about voting in their upcoming primary elections. We must ensure that students and their well-being are a priority in this election—and that means making sure educators turn out to vote. NEA will provide you with the training, tools, and support to connect with fellow educators via text. Just 20 minutes of your time is all it takes. RSVP here for the Strong Public Schools Text Day of Action.

Fair Tax Colorado is Here

Coloradans deserve better funding in their communities, a more equitable tax structure, and realistic solutions to the fiscal challenges Colorado’s current tax code has created. Initiative #271 is the fair tax Colorado needs. It reverses our upside-down tax code, one that causes most middle and working class taxpayers to pay more of their income in state and local taxes than the wealthiest households. Families earning less than $250,000 of taxable income will pay a lower rate than they currently pay, reducing their state income tax rate from 4.63% down to 4.58%. Tax rates will only be increased on income over $250,000 per year, and income at $1 million will be taxed at a top rate of 8.9%. For more information go the Fair Tax Colorado websitesign up for updates, and/or sign up to volunteer!

Steer Your Students to Create Safe Driving Messages

Impact Teen Drivers and California Casualty are once again challenging students to develop artistic ideas to combat reckless and distracted driving. Your budding artist, musician, writer or filmmaker (ages 14-22) could have the creative solution to net a piece of $15,000 in educational grants available in the spring Create Real Impact Contest. Teachers and education support professionals are urged to motivate students to enter. Three schools with the most entries will receive a $1,000 educational grant. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, March 19th at 7pm.

Lunch Break with Amie & Kevin

On this week’s Lunch Break, Amie discusses the decision to cancel the March on the Capitol and the way forward.

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