SBAC Creates Barriers for High-Poverty Districts, Not a Valid Measure of Student Growth

New research showing that the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) test disproportionately disadvantages students and teachers in high-poverty districts was distributed to members of the state Mastery Examination Committee today. The study of 600 teachers, conducted by Abacus Associates for the Connecticut Education Association, underscores mounting concerns by legislators, educators, parents, and others about the…

Teachers Share Input on Teacher Evaluation, Common Core & More

Teachers are making their voices heard—talking to legislators and offering input on implementation of new federal education law. CEA County Forums around the state offer teachers an opportunity to meet CEA-endorsed candidates for elected office and share important information about what is going on in their classrooms. Watch what teachers and legislators are saying about the…

NAACP Approves Charter School Moratorium Resolution, Calls for Transparency & Accountability

The NAACP this weekend ratified a resolution calling for a moratorium on charter school expansion. The organization sees significant problems with the lack of oversight and accountability of many charter schools and fears some charters are intensifying segregation. A statement from the organization reads as follows. We are calling for a moratorium on the expansion…

Teachers Talk to Teachers, Promote Candidates Committed to Public Education

Many people claim to speak for public education, but teachers turn to their fellow teachers when they want to know the truth about an issue—or a candidate for elected office. That’s why some Danbury teachers are working to get the word out to their fellow educators about Connecticut State House and Senate candidates who are…

Celebrate Excellence: Nominate a Colleague for a CEA Human & Civil Rights Award

Why do we celebrate excellence? Educators live in a world filled with challenges and threats to their professions and their schools. But in spite of these challenges, they and other people and organizations find innovative ways to support and influence students and public education. CEA’s Human and Civil Rights Awards provide an opportunity to acknowledge…

CT Teachers Join National Walk-In Rallies to Support Public Education Funding

Hundreds of Connecticut students, teachers, and community members gathered together at schools across the state this morning, in support of fully funding public schools. They were part of a movement of walk-ins held at more than 2,000 schools nationwide. Vernon, Manchester, Bridgeport and other Connecticut school districts participated in the walk-ins. CEA President Sheila Cohen…

CEA Stronger Together: Listening, Learning & Addressing Teacher Concerns

Teachers, parents, and students in Vernon are gathering for a show of solidarity and a “walk-in” at Rockville High School tomorrow to draw attention to the need for the state to fully fund education for all students. It’s part of a nationwide effort to support public education. Schools in Manchester and Bridgeport will also participate…