Teachers’ Retirement Fund Shows Strong Performance

In this still uncertain economic climate, Connecticut teachers can breathe more easily knowing their pension fund generated robust returns in 2013. State Treasurer Denise Nappier yesterday announced that the Teachers’ Retirement Fund (TRF) generated investment returns, net of expenses, of 14.23 percent. This successful performance brings the Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds (CRPTF), of which…

State Decision Makers Act on Teachers’ Concerns

The state Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC) has been consumed in recent years by reports from consultants, disagreements about what’s best for students and teachers, and plenty of eduspeak—all in pursuit of a new teacher evaluation system. But it only took commonsense comments from thousands of teachers for PEAC to reach consensus about new flexibility…

Statement from CEA President Sheila Cohen on New Flexibility Options in Teacher Evaluation

While this is a significant improvement for Connecticut students in public schools, it is only a first step in modifying existing guidelines and removing obstacles that hinder a student-focused system of public education. With today’s PEAC improvements, parents and communities can be confident that teachers will be able to enhance their impact on students—a focus…

Life Lesson for Wallingford STEM Students

Perseverance is not a vague concept to students at Wallingford’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academy. It’s a relevant and timely value thanks to a remarkable success yesterday when they established communication with the International Space Station traveling about 300 miles above the Earth’s surface. In October, the students endured a failed attempt to…

Connecticut’s Congressional Delegation Earns A’s on Education

Connecticut’s five members of the House of Representatives and two Senators all earned A’s on a recent congressional report card released by NEA. The report card measures congress members’ overall support for public education and educators. The grades are based on voting records on selected votes in 2013, votes and other actions involving union rights, and…