Pressure from Superintendents May Lead Governor to Veto Aggressive Student Behavior Bill

Governor Malloy is deciding whether to sign or veto Senate Bill 453 An Act Concerning Classroom Safety and Disruptive Behavior, now called Public Act 18-89, and unfortunately, some superintendents are lobbying him to veto it. The bill helps stem the tide of student assaults by making classrooms safer and providing appropriate supports and interventions to…

Proposed Budget Divides Schools, Communities into ‘Clear Winners and Losers’

Governor Malloy today released a budget proposal that would shift significant costs for public education and teacher pensions to cities and towns that are already struggling. In his budget address this afternoon, Malloy described “a broken, disparate system where towns are pitted against one another, constantly fighting for limited state dollars.” If the General Assembly…

Veto Attempt Falls Short

The Connecticut General Assembly held a veto session on Monday, July 20, but didn’t have the votes to overturn the governor’s veto of HB 6977, An Act Establishing Qualifications for the Commissioner of Education. CEA will revisit the issue again in the next legislative session and urge legislators to once again support the measure, and…

Education: A focal point in first gubernatorial debate

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Tom Foley spent more than 15 minutes talking about education in their first gubernatorial debate last night at the Norwich Free Academy. When asked about his tenure comment, Malloy apologized to teachers: “I shouldn’t have said it. I apologize for saying it.” Watch the debate on CT-N at http://www.ctn.state.ct.us/ctnplayer.asp?odID=10625 The…

Governor Outlines Commitment to Funding for Many Public Schools

Despite the state’s fiscal woes, Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced a proposal to increase Education Cost Sharing (ECS) funding to 117 of the state’s 169 cities and towns, while maintaining level funding for the remaining municipalities. CEA President Sheila Cohen, CEA Vice President Jeff Leake, CEA Executive Director Mark Waxenberg, AFT-CT President Melodie Peters,…