CEA Members Join Colleagues to Rally for Public Education

“It was disappointing that teachers were not allowed to participate or attend a summit on education today—go figure,” said Westport librarian, Association president, and NEA Director John Horrigan. Horrigan was one of nearly 40 CEA members and staff, and more than 100 teachers from around New England, who rallied in Londonderry, New Hampshire, where Republican…

Veto Attempt Falls Short

The Connecticut General Assembly held a veto session on Monday, July 20, but didn’t have the votes to overturn the governor’s veto of HB 6977, An Act Establishing Qualifications for the Commissioner of Education. CEA will revisit the issue again in the next legislative session and urge legislators to once again support the measure, and…

Bridgeport Bilingual Students’ Work Showcased

Bridgeport Middle School students showed off their talents at the 3rd Annual Bilingual Talented and Gifted (TAG) Expo at Cesar Batalla School on June 4. Student presentations covered a wide variety of topics including science, medicine, history, and debates on several  subjects. The event also recognized students, parents, and community leaders for their support throughout the year.…

Facts Speak for Themselves: Agreement Outlines Unique Student Data Required

“CCER should apologize to the students and parents of Hamden for obtaining specific student information without their knowledge or approval,” said CEA’s Executive Director Mark Waxenberg. “CCER should also assure all Connecticut parents that in the future CCER will not attempt to gain access to and ownership of student records and information without parental knowledge…

High School Assessment Working Group Votes Unanimously to Eliminate SBAC for 11th Graders

Connecticut’s High School Assessment Working Group late yesterday afternoon voted unanimously to eliminate the 11th grade Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) test, and restore precious teaching and learning time for students. CEA Executive Director Mark Waxenberg, who represents the Association on the working group said, “This is a positive step forward. It will restore much needed…

Educators Can Help Put an End to Overtesting in Connecticut Schools

“We need educators from across the state to stand up and speak out to end burdensome, high-stakes testing in Connecticut,” said CEA Executive Director Mark Waxenberg. Waxenberg told Hartford County CEA leaders at a forum in Hartford earlier this week that legislators are considering a testing bill, Senate Bill 1095, but it must be amended…