Students and Teachers Biggest Losers in Budget Crisis: Legislators Urged to Pass a Budget That Invests in Education

Cutting school programs, laying off teachers and administrators, diminishing resources, and increasing class sizes. These are just some of the actions school districts across Connecticut have already taken to prepare for the start of the school year without a state budget. Today, outside Maloney High School in Meriden, CEA, AFT, teachers, parents, students, and a…

New at Summer Leadership: Mini Sessions

Sometimes good things come in small packages—and that was the case on the final day of CEA’s 2017 Summer Leadership Conference. Day 3 featured a packed morning and afternoon of 90-minute workshops on a wide range of topics, including student debt, teacher evaluations, educator autonomy, culturally competent schools, adult learning theory, engaging members in political…

Teachers Tell Legislators: Under Proposed Budget, We Will Be Worse Off Today Than 10 Years Ago

In a packed room at the Raymond Public Library in East Hartford, more than 15 teachers from East Hartford and neighboring Manchester told their state legislators to pass a budget without creating further hardships for teachers, families, schools, and overburdened municipalities. The teachers, many of whom wore bright yellow stickers identifying themselves as educators, were…

Education Coalition Presses for Fair, Transparent Funding Formula

“This is investing—investing in our state’s future and the future of our students,” said CEA President Sheila Cohen, describing a plan that would create a commission charged with pursuing an open, transparent, and equitable funding system for public schools—one of the state’s greatest assets. Representing the seven-member Connecticut Coalition for Public Education (CCPE) at a…