WHAT IS CEA?

The Connecticut Education Association (CEA) advocates for students, teachers, and public education. The Association is the driving force in lobbying legislators for the resources public schools need and campaigning for high standards for teachers and students. Our proud history spans more than 150 years.

CEA is a member organization championing for students, teachers, and public schools. We have been a leading voice for teacher professionalism and school improvement since we were formed in 1848 when 80 teachers met in Meriden.

CEA is headquartered in Hartford. Our members are public school teachers, including preschool through grade 12 teachers as well as retired teachers and college students preparing to become teachers. CEA advocates for legislation at the state and federal levels, represents the rights of teachers, and works with state policymakers to continue to elevate the teaching profession and promote public education.

CEA has more than 160 local affiliates and is governed by a board of directors of approximately 35 elected members. The board meets regularly throughout the year to set goals, approve policy, and implement specific measures adopted by CEA’s highest-policy making body, the Representative Assembly (RA). The RA meets annually in May to set policy, approve a budget, adopt resolutions, and vote on new amendments to the CEA constitution and bylaws.

CEA’s four executive officers, president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer, are elected at the RA. Elected to three-year terms, they can serve a maximum of two terms. The president and vice president are full-time officers.

CEA’s staff is headed by an executive director who oversees staff in Hartford and regional offices. Staff members include lawyers, lobbyists, trainers, field staff, policy experts, communications professionals, and more.