Supreme Court Strikes Down Gorsuch Ruling on Special Education Funding: Decision Could Impact CCJEF Appeal

Last week, in the midst of a hearing on Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, the justices on that very court issued a unanimous decision that rejected one of Judge Gorsuch’s rulings against students with disabilities, and repudiated his reasoning in the case. The decision came in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE-1 and…

Democrats to Filibuster Supreme Court Nominee With Troubling Record on Students With Disabilities

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York today said he will lead a filibuster against Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch. On the fourth and final day of the Senate hearing on the nominee, Democrats are persuaded they can’t support Gorsuch’s nomination. Gorsuch has repeatedly ruled against students with disabilities who seek public education,…

CEA Expresses Alarm to President Trump Over Deportation of Students

CEA is joining together with other Connecticut education stakeholders to urge President Trump to ensure that schools continue to be safe places where children, regardless of immigrant and/or citizenship status, will not have their learning interrupted. Commenting earlier this year on President Trump’s executive order on immigration, CEA President Sheila Cohen said, “Teachers strive to…

Educators Share Concerns With Legislators on Special Ed Proposals

Every year legislators on the Education Committee deliberate over many bills that could have a big impact on children, parents, and educators. This legislative session, special education is receiving particular attention. Among the many bills the Education Committee heard testimony on today were one proposing a new way of funding special education in Connecticut and one…

Advocates Speak Up to Save Important Supports Provided by Community Schools

Community Schools bring together diverse services and resources to strengthen schools and improve outcomes for students. Community Schools in Connecticut have celebrated many important successes but these achievements are in jeopardy due to funding cuts in the governor’s proposed budget. CEA joined together with teachers, parents, and community engagement experts to speak out recently at…

Danbury Students and Teachers Celebrate Cultural Diversity Thanks to Carnival

Rogers Park Middle School in Danbury used to hold a Hispanic Heritage Month event, but as students from Brazil, Portugal, Haiti, and numerous other countries made up larger and larger shares of the student body teachers sought out a more inclusive celebration. Then they hit upon Carnival. The festive season is celebrated in countries around the…

CEA Asks Legislators to Demand Accountability, Transparency for Charter Management Organizations

CEA Executive Director Mark Waxenberg testified before the Education Committee today in favor of a bill that expands accountability and transparency for charter management organizations (CMOs) that run some of Connecticut’s publicly funded schools. “Every dollar for public education is precious, and we need this legislation to ensure that every dollar spent by charter management…