State Continues to See Upward Trend in Graduation Rates

Thanks to the hard work of students and their teachers, graduation rates in Connecticut continue to climb. The state’s four-year graduation rate reached 87.2 percent in 2015—significantly higher than the national average of 82.3 percent. Additionally, statistics from the state Department of Education show the following. In Alliance District schools, the graduation rate reached 77.6…

Educators, Parents Give State Accountability Tests Poor Marks

Only 37 percent of principals and 31 percent of superintendents consider state accountability tests useful for students, parents, teachers, and administrators. That’s just one of the attention grabbing findings from a poll of students, parents, teachers, principals, and superintendents released earlier this month. The poll, commissioned by the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) and conducted by…

Attend a CEA Workshop on Supporting Muslim Students and Families

Join your colleagues this Thursday in Rocky Hill for a workshop titled Supporting Muslim Students and Families: What Every Teacher Needs to Know. At this workshop, sponsored by the CEA Human and Civil Rights Commission and the Anti-Defamation League of Connecticut, participants will hear presentations from experts, work with case studies, and interact with panelists…

Delegates to the Representative Assembly Take Action on Key Issues

In an inspiring speech delivered to delegates to the CEA Representative Assembly (RA) this weekend, CEA President Sheila Cohen highlighted the need for the Association to help members connect the disconnect between their potential misconceptions about the union and the realities of the union’s mission, values, and accomplishments. Cohen said that CEA leaders regularly engage…

Teachers from Around the State Gather in Hartford to Decide CEA Policy

The CEA Representative Assembly (RA)—CEA’s highest policy-making body—will soon be underway at the Hartford Convention Center. Today and tomorrow nearly 400 CEA members, elected as delegates from CEA’s 159 local affiliates, will take action to decide Association policies. Delegates will adopt CEA’s fiscal-year budget that supports strategic objectives, programs, and services for members. They will also…