Teachers Tell Legislators: Under Proposed Budget, We Will Be Worse Off Today Than 10 Years Ago

In a packed room at the Raymond Public Library in East Hartford, more than 15 teachers from East Hartford and neighboring Manchester told their state legislators to pass a budget without creating further hardships for teachers, families, schools, and overburdened municipalities. The teachers, many of whom wore bright yellow stickers identifying themselves as educators, were…

If You Live in One of These Districts, Please Come Out to a Budget Forum With Legislators

Some state legislators are holding citizen budget forums this week, and they need to hear from teachers. Some budget proposals currently being considered threaten public education and teacher pensions. If you live or teach in New London, East Hartford, Stratford, Hartford, Wallingford, Cheshire, or Southington please attend a forum and share your views about how…

Connecticut Teachers Joining National Colleagues for 2017 NEA RA

Some of your Connecticut colleagues are in Boston this week as members of the world’s largest democratic deliberative body: the NEA Representative Assembly (RA). The more than 100 CEA members are some of the over 7,500 elected delegates who are representing three million NEA members. Delegates will debate the vital issues that affect American public…

Statement from CEA President Sheila Cohen on the Proposed House Democratic Budget Plan

We are shocked and disappointed to see that the proposed House Democratic budget punishes teachers for a problem created by the state—the broken promise to provide the state’s share of teacher retirement funding. Connecticut’s active and retired teachers have paid their share—especially compared to other states—and should not be the scapegoats for the state’s failure.…

Education Coalition Presses for Fair, Transparent Funding Formula

“This is investing—investing in our state’s future and the future of our students,” said CEA President Sheila Cohen, describing a plan that would create a commission charged with pursuing an open, transparent, and equitable funding system for public schools—one of the state’s greatest assets. Representing the seven-member Connecticut Coalition for Public Education (CCPE) at a…

Growing Pains, Risks as Internet and Social Media Proliferate

From cyberbullying to sexual exploitation, students are particularly at risk from the rapid integration of digital technologies into everyday life. As more devices become Internet-enabled—24 billion by 2020, according to a recent estimate—experts are finding that many of these devices lack proper encryption and other basic security measures. Learn how to protect yourself, your family,…