Emotions run high as teachers’ union sues Governor Malloy

Leaders from the teachers' union spoke in Hartford as negotiations on the state budget continued last week. (WTNH File Photo)

(WTNH) — “I’m angry! Yes, I’m very angry! I pay my taxes and services are getting cut,” exclaimed Brooklyn resident Louise Morrison.

Morrison believes her town will be gutted by the Governor’s executive order. She is so angry, her children are named in the lawsuit against the Governor. Her son, Keegan, just started kindergarten.

Standing on the steps of the courthouse on Wednesday were attorneys, teachers, parents and students. They are suing Governor Malloy, seeking an injunction to stop his educational budget cuts.

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One of the first to lose his job in Torrington will be elementary school teacher Michael McCotter.

“When I first graduated college, I didn’t plan on returning back to Connecticut,” McCotter explained. “I was going to look elsewhere.”

But he decided he wanted to teach back home, and is now a fourth-grade teacher in Torrington. He loves his students, he loves his class, and he loves his job.

“I’m involved in a lot of activities,” he said. “I do student council with the kids and so I am invested and have invested a lot and I don’t think it’s fair to put teachers’ jobs at risk.”

The CEA filed the lawsuit this afternoon in Hartford Superior Court.

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Gov. Malloy says it’s too early.

“CEA is acting in a premature basis. Under normal circumstances those checks don’t go out until the end of October,” the Governor explained.

Torrington, Brooklyn and Plainfield say they have already received their checks, and it’s pennies on the dollar. Donald Williams, head of the CT Education Association, says they’re done being patient.

“This is absolutely ripe, the harm is here. It is happening now and these towns are having to deal with drastic cuts to there municipal services but especially to the schools,” Williams said.

Torrington says it could close its high school and middle school and still not have enough money to make up the cut the Governor has made.