CEA President: CT Teachers Will Continue to Stand Up for Transgender Students

The Trump administration has rescinded federal protections for transgender students in public schools that allowed them to use restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity. While federal law remains the same and the interpretation of Title IX will ultimately be decided in the courts, this latest move does much to undermine the…

Coming March 18: Three Free PD Workshops for CEA Members

CEA is providing three exciting professional development workshops to members free of charge this March 18. The topics of the workshops are as follows: For K-3 educators—Common Core Standards and their impact on our youngest learners For all educators—Understanding your rights and responsibilities when handling aggressive student behavior For Association presidents and treasurers—Your role in…

Statement from CEA President Sheila Cohen on Senate Approval of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education

We thank all our teachers, parents, and the public for their tireless efforts—the rallies, the flood of phone calls, and the deluge of emails—in opposition to Betsy DeVos as secretary of education. While the odds were not in our favor and we are certainly disappointed with the outcome, we succeeded in raising the level of…

Statement from CEA President Sheila Cohen on Governor’s Teacher Retirement Budget Proposal

Governor Malloy’s budget proposal recognizes the value of Connecticut teachers and the state’s financial obligation to them, but the plan to create a partnership for teacher pension contributions with cities and towns must be viewed with extreme caution. The plan could have serious consequences for our students, our families, and our communities. As a result…

Be Ready to Act to Support Public Education: Join Your Colleagues

The unprecedented number of calls and emails U.S. senators have received in opposition to the nomination of Betsy DeVos for secretary of education make it clear that teachers understand the outsized role that policy and politics can play in their classrooms. It’s not just national lawmakers and decisions at the federal level that influence what happens in…

Teachers Reject Immigration Ban: Read Statement from CEA President

The executive order President Donald Trump signed Friday banning immigrants and refugees from seven majority-Muslim countries has teachers expressing condemnation and outrage. CEA President Sheila Cohen said, Teachers strive to create a safe and welcoming environment for our students every day. We endeavor to make sure each child recognizes his or her self worth and…

Teachers Continue Push Against DeVos on Last Day Before Committee Vote

Odds may not be in their favor, but teachers are continuing to stand strong against the nomination of Betsy Devos for U.S. secretary of education. The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee is scheduled to vote tomorrow morning on DeVos’ nomination, and yesterday teachers held rallies in cities around the country urging senators to…