State Board of Education Acts on Teachers’ Concerns: Rejects Charter Expansion

The State Board of Education today listened to teachers’ concerns about fairness in education funding and responded by rejecting increases in enrollment for three charter schools that would have cost the state $627,000. At a time when state budget cuts are currently hurting students and teachers at neighborhood public schools, CEA President Sheila Cohen said…

What Does Connecticut’s New General Assembly Session Mean for Teacher Pensions, School Funding?

Though his opening address to the 2018 General Assembly today emphasized Connecticut’s tradition of fairness and the state’s future generations, the governor’s new budget proposal delivers mixed news for Connecticut students, teachers, and schools. On the plus side, the governor’s plan includes a proposal to restructure state payments to the teacher retirement fund in a…

Free Screening of Documentary About the Cost of Privatizing Public Schools

Renowned author and advocate for children Jonathan Kozol has called it “a beautiful film” that “everyone who values democratic education needs to see”—and now you can watch Backpack Full of Cash at a free screening this February in New London. Narrated by Matt Damon and directed by a teacher, the movie explores the real cost…

Being a Good Union Member Is Being a Good Teacher, Says Waterbury Building Rep

“Union business is a professional responsibility and makes a big difference,” says Waterbury teacher and building rep Anthony Della Calce. The sixth-year math educator who teaches at North End Middle School is new to being a building rep, but not to understanding the vital role his union plays in teachers’ lives. “Belonging to a union…

CEA County Forums Bring Members Up to Speed, Stress Need to Stand Together

Teachers across Connecticut are coming out to their local CEA County Forums to stay on top of new threats to their profession and public education—and to learn how they can protect themselves. Top among those threats is a court case that aims to weaken teachers’ ability to collectively bargain for fair salaries, benefits, and working…

Teachers, Parents Calling for Transparency Shut Out of Stratford Board of Education Meeting

Public officials are elected to represent the interests of local residents, but members of the Stratford Board of Education abdicated their responsibility to town residents Monday by shutting them out of a public meeting. Though the board had received notice days in advance that the number of teachers, parents, and community members expected to attend…

Teachers Show What Democracy Looks Like at Connecticut Women’s March

People from around Connecticut gathered Saturday in Hartford for the 2nd annual Connecticut Women’s March—and among the attendees were many teachers. “As a teacher of government, my favorite chant at these marches is, ‘Show us what democracy looks like? This is what democracy looks like!’” said East Hampton teacher Kristen Keska, who traveled to D.C.…