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…

U.S. Senators Introduce Social Security Fairness Act to Repeal GPO-WEP

Hundreds of thousands of educators, police officers, fire fighters, and other public service employees lose the Social Security benefits they’ve earned or have them significantly reduced due to two federal offsets known as the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP). This loss of benefits is a real blow to many public service…

Attacks against teachers, students, and public education must stop

The goal of great public schools for every child remains the objective of the nation’s teachers unions. These associations fundamentally believe that good working conditions for teachers create excellent learning conditions for students. While this is the reality, it’s not what union opponents would have you believe. Watch and hear how the NEA President set…

Connecticut’s Congressional Delegation Earns A’s on Education

Connecticut’s five members of the House of Representatives and two Senators all earned A’s on a recent congressional report card released by NEA. The report card measures congress members’ overall support for public education and educators. The grades are based on voting records on selected votes in 2013, votes and other actions involving union rights, and…

Connecticut Students Make History in First Showing on International Test

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released the latest results from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), a test of literacy, mathematics, and science given every three years to 15-year-olds in more than sixty countries worldwide. Shanghai, one of three education systems in China that participated in PISA, remained the top performer, while the…

The Government Shutdown and Education

Several government-run education websites are offline, and U.S. Department of Education Twitter accounts posted messages early today saying the accounts won’t be updated during the shutdown — but what effect will the shutdown have on students and schools? According to POLITICO, as long as the shutdown is resolved quickly, the effects should be minimal. “A longer…