West Hartford Teachers Call on Legislators to Fix the Broken School Funding System

West Hartford residents, teachers, parents, and taxpayers David Dippolino, Ted Goerner, and David Simon told state lawmakers that they and many of their colleagues have been hit hard by the state’s broken Education Cost Sharing (ECS) formula. “As a resident and teacher, I am being affected multiple times due to the state’s shortfall,” said Dippolino.…

CEA Urges Required Funding of Retired Teachers Health Insurance Fund

If the legislature does not adequately support the Retired Teachers’ Health Insurance Fund, the fund’s instability and potential for insolvency will continue. That’s what CEA Retirement Specialist Robyn Kaplan-Cho told members of the legislature’s Appropriations Committee at a hearing this week. “This pattern of merely funding enough of the cost to keep the fund afloat for…

Rainbow of Readers Celebrate Read Across America Day at Andover Elementary School

Despite a snowy start to the morning, a rainbow appeared at Andover Elementary School today. The entire student body, from kindergarteners dressed in red to fifth graders in purple and sixth graders in pink, came together along with their teachers to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with reading. The rainbow theme, inspired by the Dr. Seuss…

CEA Executive Director: Charter School Transparency, Oversight & Fiscal Impact Need to Be Addressed

Charter schools in CT, intended as laboratories of innovation, have become a parallel school system allowed to play by a different set of rules than those that govern traditional neighborhood public schools — and that needs to change. That was the message of CEA Executive Director Mark Waxenberg testifying before the state legislature’s Education Committee earlier…

CEA Supporting Legislation to Remove Stigma of Unsubstantiated Allegations

CEA is speaking out on behalf of innocent educators who, although cleared of wrongdoing, continue to bear the stigma of being labeled “alleged perpetrators” by the Department of Children and Families (DCF). CEA attorney Chris Hankins yesterday spoke on behalf of these educators before the Connecticut Legislature’s Committee on Children, saying that keeping records on…

New CEA TV Ads Focus on Need to Reduce Standardized Testing

Two new CEA public awareness TV ads featuring CEA members and Connecticut students will be playing on Connecticut TV stations starting tomorrow. The spots focus on the need to treat children as individuals, increase instructional time in schools, and reduce the number of required standardized tests. The ads feature Orange teacher Katie McDonald, Sharon teacher…