Legislative Action Collides With Advisory Group Intent

CEA is deeply concerned that state lawmakers have diluted this year’s education reform package by establishing legislative language requiring that teachers only have orientation regarding new evaluation models while administrators will be better prepared with full-blown training. State lawmakers took action last night during a Legislative Special Session to pass implementer language necessary to enact…

CEA, Parents, and Educators Speak Out About Teacher Evaluation

CEA Executive Director Mary Loftus Levine, parents, and teachers told members of the State Board of Education today that they are concerned about the potential overreliance on standardized test scores in teacher evaluations. “Teachers are very concerned about the direction and process that appears to be evolving on the Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC), and…

Private Foundations Increasing Role in Shaping Ed Policy

A Reuters article Tuesday reported that the education reform group StudentsFirst, headed by controversial former D.C. Chancellor of Schools Michelle Rhee, received financing for its recent entry into Connecticut politics from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Private individuals and foundations are increasing funding to education reform groups and leveraging that funding in new ways…

Education Reform Signed into Law

Teachers’ commitment to students and public education was a clear presence at the State Capitol today as Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed Connecticut’s new education reform law. What a difference teachers make when they advocate through political action. This spring, legislator after legislator commented on the volume of communications they received from teachers. CEA President…