CEA Members Join Colleagues to Rally for Public Education

“It was disappointing that teachers were not allowed to participate or attend a summit on education today—go figure,” said Westport librarian, Association president, and NEA Director John Horrigan. Horrigan was one of nearly 40 CEA members and staff, and more than 100 teachers from around New England, who rallied in Londonderry, New Hampshire, where Republican…

Commissioner Says Beginning of New Era as Districts Receive SBAC Results for First Time

Connecticut school districts are today getting their first look at SBAC results, and the state Department of Education anticipates releasing state-level results sometime between August 31 and September 5, according to spokeswoman Kelly Donnelly. Earlier this month CEA held a press conference urging caution and highlighting the many problems with SBAC that teachers have witnessed.…

Teaching Tool: History Exhibit Showcases CT Stories

Teaching history is all about telling stories. Now Connecticut students have the chance to get a personal perspective on how stories shape history—thanks to a Connecticut Historical Society project titled Connecticut Kids: Your Objects, Your Stories. The project encourages children to share an object that represents a personally significant story. It’s part of a larger…

Join Your CEA & NEA Colleagues to Protest Failed Vision for Public Education

Tired of listening to so-called experts pontificate on “fixing” education?  Want to help reject the test, label, and punish ideas of so-called education reformers? Want all students to have a real opportunity to learn? Join us in Londonderry, New Hampshire on Wednesday, August 19, to support education reform done right. Teachers need to send a…

No Time to Lose—New Test Committee Must Get to Work

Connecticut’s new Mastery Examination Committee—created in June by lawmakers to examine the state’s eight-hour, standardized SBAC test for third through eighth graders—should convene as soon as possible to get assessment right for children. CEA President Sheila Cohen said, “All indications are that this test is not a valid indicator of student knowledge and skills. This…

CEA Members Learning, Supporting, Connecting

To become the best teacher you can be you need time to engage with quality professional learning, make connections with fellow educators, and receive support from your teaching colleagues. Every August Connecticut teachers come together to do just that thanks to CEA’s Summer Leadership Conference. On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week 370 CEA members are…

Connecticut Teachers Urged to Continue to Speak Out to Get ESEA Right

NEA Government Relations Director Mary Kusler told Connecticut teachers gathered this morning for the start of the CEA Summer Leadership Conference that the Congressional Conference Committee finalizing an overhaul of federal education policy will make key decisions after Labor Day. “We can start the school year with optimism that we can get this done,” Kusler said. She…