Teachers Socialize, Discuss Ways to Support Educators and Students of Color

“Until I went to college, I never had a teacher who looked anything like me,” Bridgeport Education Association Vice President Ana Batista, who is Latina, told nearly 60 educators gathered for a fall social hosted jointly by BEA and CEA.  Her fellow teachers—most of them men and women of color—nodded in understanding. Fairfield Spanish teacher Nayla Seara…

Mold, Rodent Droppings, Extreme Temperatures: Connecticut’s Schools Are Falling Apart and Making Students and Teachers Sick

Students are vomiting and complaining of headaches and feeling like they are going to pass out. It’s too hot, it’s like teaching in a pizza oven, and our students are overheating. Every morning, I find rodent feces in my pre-k classroom where students work and play. There are high levels of mold in my classroom…

Region 16 English Teacher Named Connecticut Teacher of the Year

Woodland Regional High School’s 600-plus students rose to their feet and cheered as beloved teacher Meghan Hatch-Geary was honored in a surprise ceremony announcing Connecticut’s 2020 Teacher of the Year (TOY). The announcement came this morning at the Beacon Falls school where she and her husband, building rep Paul Geary, teach English. “We are so…

CEA Joins Rally Calling for Moral Budget

DUE Justice, a coalition of organizations demanding a fair, just, and moral budget, came together for a rally at the State Capitol this afternoon. The coalition, which includes CEA and AFT Connecticut, is asking the governor and legislators to pass a budget that fully funds neighborhood public schools, makes housing and healthcare affordable, protects vital…