CEA Criticizes Practices at Corporate-Run Charter Including Apparent Fraud and Overbilling Taxpayers $1.6 Million

The Connecticut Education Association supports the State Department of Education’s revocation proceedings for Path Academy Charter School in Windham and its charter management organization (CMO), Our Piece of the Pie. The Department has uncovered shocking practices that include defrauding the state of nearly $1.6 million, billing the state for 128 phantom students, operating unauthorized schools,…

Students Uncover, Share Facts About Immigration

Long before #ProtectDreamers was trending, students in Amy Claffey’s Spanish classes at Old Saybrook High School were learning about the vast hurdles undocumented people face—and the misconceptions surrounding them in the communities where they live. In an effort to educate their school about immigrants from Mexico and Central America, Claffey’s students, with help from high…

Teachers Gather to Remember Landmark Bridgeport Strike

Hundreds of active and retired teachers, some of whom hadn’t seen each other in decades, gathered yesterday evening to commemorate a historic milestone—the Bridgeport teachers strike of 1978—which, for many, has brought to mind the wave of uprisings and walkouts happening across the country today. “How ironic that the timing of this 40th anniversary plays…

Administration’s Refusal to Hire Substitute Teachers Shortchanges Bridgeport Students

Hours before a drastic budget measure affecting the district’s public schools was set to take effect, Bridgeport teachers held a news conference drawing attention to school officials’ refusal to hire substitute teachers for the month of May—a decision that threatens to disrupt learning and jeopardize student safety. Teachers called on administrators to reverse their decision…