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Health, Safety, Well-Being, and Inequities Among Teachers’ Top Concerns for Students

New CEA Equity and Reopening School Survey highlights steps that must be taken before schools reopen.

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When should schools reopen?

The purpose of this tool is to assist administrators in making (re)opening decisions regarding K-12 schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is important to check with state and local health officials and other partners to determine the most appropriate actions while adjusting to meet the unique needs and circumstances of the local community.

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Schools Closed: What Happens Next?

CEA Supports Decision to Keep Schools Closed Health and safety procedures must be in place before schools reopen in the fall. CEA applauds Governor Lamont for listening to public health experts in his decision to close schools for the remainder of this school year. Making the safety and health of students and staff the top…

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Education & COVID-19: State Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona

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Stamford Officials Disregard Students, Parents, and Teachers: Vote to Cut Education Budget

Despite hundreds of emails, letters, heartfelt comments during virtual meetings, car caravans, and other activities protesting proposed school budget cuts, the Stamford Board of Finance last night voted unanimously to cut the education budget by more than $15 million.

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Share Your Views: The Road to School Equity After COVID-19

The move to distance learning has exposed huge inequities among our school districts and often between students in the same district. Some students don’t have laptops or Internet service. Others face food insecurity or issues related to health and safety. Teachers are invited to join a special CEA online forum, The Road to School Equity…

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For schools, better safe than sorry

By Jeff Leake Connecticut is on the verge of making a critical decision regarding the fight against the COVID-19 health emergency. Prior to May 20, the governor will need to make a decision about whether to extend the stay-at-home order or open state businesses and schools. Our leaders must continue to listen to the advice…

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Car Caravan Rally and Budget Meetings: Stamford Community Supports Teachers, Opposes Cuts to Education

Hundreds of Stamford students, teachers, parents, and other community members showed their opposition to plans to cut the school budget by more than $15 million during a car caravan rally yesterday afternoon and at a virtual Board of Finance meeting last night. “The community’s show of support is amazing,” said Stamford Education Association President Diane Phanos. “Thousands…

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Statement from CEA President Jeff Leake on Governor Lamont’s decision to keep schools closed until May 20

We appreciate Governor Lamont’s response to the state’s ongoing public health emergency. The first priority must always be to protect the health and safety of our students, teachers, and communities. We support the governor and the medical professionals who say keeping schools closed will help lessen the strain on our hospitals, and preserve more lives.…

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Stamford Teachers Speak Out Against Draconian Cuts During Coronavirus Pandemic

Increased class sizes, the reduction or elimination of positions, including reading teachers, media specialists, technology teachers, social workers, school counselors, EL specialists, and art, physical education, and music teachers as well as security personnel and paraprofessionals are just some of the cuts Stamford Pubic Schools Superintendent Tamu Lucero outlined last night during a virtual Board…

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Connecticut Education Association Honors iHeart Radio Personality for Supporting Students, Teachers, and Public Schools

The Connecticut Education Association awarded Renee DiNino, on-air personality and community affairs director for iHeartRadio Connecticut, the Charles B. Kelly Local Media Award for her support of teachers and public education.

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Teachers in Farmington Successfully Organize to Prevent Concessions

Organizing can be more difficult when members can’t meet face-to-face with each other, or with town officials, but that’s not stopping teachers around the state. Farmington Education Association (FEA) members are a recent example of what’s possible when teachers commit to working together. Thanks to teachers in Farmington and the community of parents and residents…

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Virtual CEA RA Continues Work of Association

As well as being CEA’s highest policy-making body, the CEA Representative Assembly (RA) is also usually a chance for teachers from across the state to meet up and converse with their fellow CEA members.

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Safety Is Top Priority as Connecticut Plans Future Reopening of Schools

At a virtual education roundtable meeting of Governor Ned Lamont’s Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group, public health officials and education stakeholders discussed issues surrounding school reopening plans.

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Farmington Violates State Order

Residents shut out of town meeting; lack of transparency cause for concern. Dozens of Farmington residents and teachers were prevented from participating in a May 4 Farmington Board of Education meeting held virtually on the Zoom platform, violating a state order requiring transparency and public participation during the coronavirus pandemic.

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