Growing Pains, Risks as Internet and Social Media Proliferate

From cyberbullying to sexual exploitation, students are particularly at risk from the rapid integration of digital technologies into everyday life. As more devices become Internet-enabled—24 billion by 2020, according to a recent estimate—experts are finding that many of these devices lack proper encryption and other basic security measures. Learn how to protect yourself, your family,…

Statement from CEA President Sheila Cohen on DeVos’s Attack on East Hartford Public Schools

Betsy DeVos’s attack on East Hartford Public Schools is alarming, demoralizing, and unwarranted—but not unexpected from a woman who is totally unqualified and unfit to serve as U.S. Secretary of Education, representing the nation’s public education system. In an attempt to undermine public education in our country and push her privatization policies, she continues to…

Education Advocate and Former Legislative Leader to Assume Administrative Helm of State’s Largest Teacher Organization

The CEA Board of Directors has appointed accomplished policymaker and education advocate Donald E. Williams Jr., as the organization’s new executive director. The position is currently held by Mark Waxenberg, who is retiring after serving as CEA’s executive director for five years. After a distinguished career in public service, law, and journalism, Williams joined CEA…

East Hartford Teacher Helps Students, Families, and Faculty Commit to Stay Fit

Leading into May—National Physical Fitness and Sports Month—the last week of April is Every Kid Healthy Week, which shines a spotlight on students’ health and wellness and the link between nutrition, physical activity, and learning. “Healthy kids are better prepared to learn,” says Monique Butler, a fifth-grade teacher and building rep at O’Brien Elementary STEM…

Raise Property Taxes? Coalition, Voters Say ‘No’

Speaking out at a town hall press conference in West Hartford—which faces historic property tax hikes to cover a major shortfall in state funding—a statewide coalition of eight diverse associations, including CEA, called on legislators to avoid shifting the state’s financial obligations onto cities and towns. Policymakers are currently considering plans to shift $408 million…