Flexibility Implementing Education Reform

Educators here in Connecticut and across the country are working hard to meet historic challenges. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently announced that states can request flexibility in two specific areas when it comes to implementing new evaluation systems and assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Read Secretary Duncan’s letter here for…

Funding for Public Education and Retired Teachers’ Health Insurance Fund

Many important bills, including the state budget, were debated and passed in the 2013 legislative session that adjourned at midnight last night. Thanks to the hard work of CEA active and retired members, the House and Senate voted to keep the Appropriations Committee funding for the retired teachers’ health insurance fund in the final budget.…

Inspiring Messages, New Leadership Elected at CEA Retired Meeting

“You have immense knowledge and experience that is crucial for the growth of our organization,” CEA Executive Director Mark Waxenberg told CEA Retired members at their Annual Spring Business Meeting this morning. He added, “We are a more robust organization because of the involvement of members — from college students to retirees.” More than 150…

Alternative Educators Vital for Students Who Need More Options

“The bottom line is, the students I work with wouldn’t be in school at all if their only option was a traditional school,” Wallingford Alternative High School teacher Vicki Gustavson told educators at a recent CEA workshop on alternative and adult education programs. Gustavson was one of the five alternative educators and CEA members on a…

CEA Complaint Cites Violations of State Law by Bridgeport Superintendent

Bridgeport School Superintendent Paul Vallas is breaking the law by not allowing teachers, parents, and community leaders to participate in the educational process as outlined in state statutes, according to a complaint filed by the Connecticut Education Association (CEA) with the State Department of Education today. The complaint details specific violations of state law regarding…