State Board of Education Acts on Teachers’ Concerns: Rejects Charter Expansion

The State Board of Education today listened to teachers’ concerns about fairness in education funding and responded by rejecting increases in enrollment for three charter schools that would have cost the state $627,000. At a time when state budget cuts are currently hurting students and teachers at neighborhood public schools, CEA President Sheila Cohen said…

Seeking Nominations for New CEA Award

Do you know someone who has dedicated his or her life to supporting students, made outstanding contributions to the improvement of the teaching profession, and promoted excellence in public education? We’re seeking nominations for a new CEA award named in honor of the late Clifford Silvers, a tireless advocate for teachers rights and excellence in public education.…

Free Screening of Documentary About the Cost of Privatizing Public Schools

Renowned author and advocate for children Jonathan Kozol has called it “a beautiful film” that “everyone who values democratic education needs to see”—and now you can watch Backpack Full of Cash at a free screening this February in New London. Narrated by Matt Damon and directed by a teacher, the movie explores the real cost…

Being a Good Union Member Is Being a Good Teacher, Says Waterbury Building Rep

“Union business is a professional responsibility and makes a big difference,” says Waterbury teacher and building rep Anthony Della Calce. The sixth-year math educator who teaches at North End Middle School is new to being a building rep, but not to understanding the vital role his union plays in teachers’ lives. “Belonging to a union…

Teachers, Parents Calling for Transparency Shut Out of Stratford Board of Education Meeting

Public officials are elected to represent the interests of local residents, but members of the Stratford Board of Education abdicated their responsibility to town residents Monday by shutting them out of a public meeting. Though the board had received notice days in advance that the number of teachers, parents, and community members expected to attend…