The Power of Collaboration

Many people have tried hard to transform traditional barriers to labor/management cooperation in order to produce productive partnerships.  Not all have succeeded.  We’re proud to report that — in education — school officials and teacher labor leaders are succeeding with a pioneering program called CALI. At a meeting yesterday, organized by the State Department of Education,…

Warning: Uncertainty Ahead

Concession talks between state employee unions and the Malloy administration are coming down to the wire. State Capitol observers are increasingly anxious about the consequences of a breakdown. As the Hartford Courant opined today: If Governor Malloy fails to extract union concessions, then “he will also have to stop shielding schools, towns and cities from…

Celebrate the Environment by Educating

Earth Day is April 22 and teachers around the country are educating about the environment this week as part of National Environmental Education Week (EE Week). EE Week is the nation’s largest environmental education event.  It’s held each year the week before Earth Day and inspires environmental learning and stewardship among K-12 students. EEWeek.org spotlights…

There Must Be Consequences for Assault – Tell the Judiciary Committee to Support SB 1163

A high school student slammed the classroom door on Ann Carone’s arm. The Bridgeport teacher suffered tendon and muscle sprains that required physical therapy and caused her pain for several months. The student responsible did not spend any time in detention or suspension. “It is my biggest fear that this student has been sent a…

Obama on Obama

Last week President Obama seemed to have reverted to a position on testing that was at the heart of why so many educators supported his candidacy. In a town hall-style meeting last week, in response to a question from a high school student, “Could you reduce the amount of testing?”,  the president offered the following:…

Stand Together April 4

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was tragically assassinated on April 4, 1968.  This year on April 4, labor unions, civil rights organizations, and religious leaders are standing together across the country for the rights and dignity of working men and women. Dr. King was killed in Memphis, where he had gone to stand with sanitation…