Actuary Sets Record Straight on Teacher Pensions

Misconceptions abound when it comes to teachers’ pensions, but today, in a presentation to the Pension Sustainability Commission, an actuary clarified that Connecticut teachers’ pension benefits are actually quite modest. John Garrett, principal and consulting actuary at Cavanaugh Macdonald Consulting, shared findings from the March 2018 report of the Connecticut Teachers’ Retirement System Viability Commission. Garrett…

Applications Now Open for the NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship

The NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship broadens educators’ and students’ perspectives. It’s a great opportunity for classroom teachers to develop their global competence and bring the world to their students.The yearlong, fully-funded fellowship includes: An online course in teaching global competence A two-day professional development workshop in Washington, D.C. (Fall 2019) Webinars discussing global issues…

New Member Benefit: Help with Student Loans, Credit Card Debt

Connecticut has the highest average student loan debt of any state in the nation at $38,510, according to a recent analysis. That’s why CEA has partnered with Cambridge Credit Counseling to help members get back on solid financial ground. With an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, Cambridge Credit Counseling is a nonprofit agency…

Jahana Hayes Delivers Inspiring Message at CEA’s New Teacher Conference

“You chose this profession because you wanted to make a difference, and that means standing on the front lines for democracy,” CEA President Jeff Leake told nearly 200 educators gathered for CEA’s 18th annual New Teacher Conference on Saturday. “It means protecting education for the common good; keeping schools safe for our students; fighting discrimination;…

Brooklyn Teacher’s Pastime Is a Major-League Hit

Brooklyn Elementary School fourth grade teacher Sean Maloney, a fan of Kevin Costner’s character in Field of Dreams, has turned part of his four-acre Woodstock property into a replica of Fenway Park—Red Sox championship banners, scoreboard, stadium lights, and all. True to the movie’s memorable line—If you build it, he will come—Maloney’s own ballfield has…

Meet Connecticut’s New 2019 Teacher of the Year: Bridgeport Music Teacher Sheena Graham

CEA member Sheena Graham, a performing arts and choir teacher at Bridgeport’s Harding High School, has been named Connecticut’s 2019 Teacher of the Year. Along with her colleagues and students gathered in the school’s media center this morning, CEA President Jeff Leake and Vice President Tom Nicholas were on hand to congratulate Graham as the…

NEA, CEA Members and Leaders Support Jahana Hayes

With less than four weeks left until Election Day, dozens of CEA members, staff, and leaders—joined by NEA Vice President Becky Pringle—came out to Danbury this weekend in a show of support for 2016 National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes, who is running for office in Connecticut’s Fifth Congressional District. “Everything is at stake,”…

Teachers Hit the Pavement for Colleagues, Children in Need 


Braving brisk temperatures and morning showers, teachers and their families came out yesterday morning to support CEA’s charitable arm, the Connecticut Education Foundation (CEF), now in its fifth year as an official charity of the Eversource Hartford Marathon. CEF raises money to help children and educators facing extraordinary personal hardships and provides scholarships for students…