CEA and AFTCT respond to Governor Lamont’s announcement to provide funding for school reopening plans

“Governor Lamont’s announcement of an additional $166 million to support school reopening plans is welcome news for educators and parents across the state. It demonstrates that the collective voices of teachers, support staff and communities during last week’s car caravans across Connecticut were heard. “Now is the time to also provide clear, updated safety guidelines…

CEA School Safety First Car Rally

School Safety First Car Caravan Rallies Being Held Across the State. Hundreds of educators are participating in car caravan rallies in 25 communities across the state.

Teachers Call for Steps to Ensure Safe Reopening, Including Hybrid Model

A new survey of Connecticut educators reveals the need for safety and funding.

CEA’s Safe Learning Plan Provides A Safe Way Forward

Teachers call for delayed openings, staggered schedules, distance learning, and guaranteed funding to ensure healthy and safe schools for all.

Statement from CEA President Jeff Leake on Governor’s Pledge to ‘Have Teachers’ Backs’

While we appreciate Governor Lamont’s pledge of “safety first” for our students and schools and his word that he will “have teachers’ backs” when it comes to masks, sanitizing, and social distancing, local districts need assurance that state funding will be provided for virus-related expenses.

School reopening plan lacking

We have yet to find any reference to empowering local or regional districts with the resources clearly needed to implement the sort of in-person learning plan outlined.

The Governor’s New Back-to-School Plan is Short on Specifics

The safety and health of students, teachers, and staff in our public schools must be the first priority in any plan to reopen schools this fall.

New “Back to School” Plan Needs More Specifics Raises Serious Health and Safety Concerns

Today Connecticut Education Association ( President Jeff Leake and AFT Connecticut Vice President Mary Yordon released the following joint statement regarding Governor Ned Lamont’s proposals for resuming in person learning.

Fund Our Schools: We can’t afford another crisis

New CEA ad campaign emphasizes the need for education funding—not budget cuts—to help us recover from the coronavirus crisis.

Health, Safety, Well-Being, and Inequities Among Teachers’ Top Concerns for Students

New CEA Equity and Reopening School Survey highlights steps that must be taken before schools reopen.

Connecticut Education Association Honors iHeart Radio Personality for Supporting Students, Teachers, and Public Schools

The Connecticut Education Association awarded Renee DiNino, on-air personality and community affairs director for iHeartRadio Connecticut, the Charles B. Kelly Local Media Award for her support of teachers and public education.

Farmington Violates State Order

Residents shut out of town meeting; lack of transparency cause for concern. Dozens of Farmington residents and teachers were prevented from participating in a May 4 Farmington Board of Education meeting held virtually on the Zoom platform, violating a state order requiring transparency and public participation during the coronavirus pandemic.

Statement from CEA President Jeff Leake on the Coronavirus Pandemic

CEA is working closely with the State Department of Education and other education stakeholders on protocols for schools and teachers in response to the coronavirus pandemic. We agree with Governor Ned Lamont’s decision to declare a state of emergency in Connecticut and his recommendations to take precautions, including hand washing. As Benjamin Franklin so wisely…

News Release: Crisis in the Classroom: Disruptive Behavior. Disrupted Learning.

Connecticut public school teachers are sharing hundreds of stories about extreme behaviors in their schools.

News Release: NEA & CEA applaud Rep. Jahana Hayes’ introduction of the Pell Grant Restoration Act

The National Education Association (NEA) and Connecticut Education Association (CEA) today applauded Rep. Jahana Hayes, longtime NEA and CEA member as well 2016 National Teacher of the Year, on her introduction of the Pell Grant Restoration Act, H.R. 4298.