State Education Officials Announce Flexibility in Teacher Evaluation Implementation

The state process involving school districts developing new teacher evaluation plans is more fluid than it originally appeared, based on extensive discussion on Monday, February 4, among State Department of Education officials, union leaders, school superintendents, principals, and other stakeholders. The discussion took place at the state Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC), which reconvened on…

From the Front Lines of Public Education: Connecticut Teachers Support Stronger Gun Laws

In overwhelming numbers, Connecticut teachers support tougher gun laws and additional funding to modernize school facilities to provide safe and secure public schools, according to the first poll of Connecticut teachers conducted on gun laws and school safety, released today by the Connecticut Education Association (CEA). “This is the first time teachers have been asked…

School Safety Takes Center Stage at Legislature

Educators, first responders, parents, and others who testified before a new legislative task force today urged lawmakers not to make schools fortresses, but to maintain their status as warm and welcoming places of academic learning. They acknowledged that this is a difficult balancing act in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre last…

Inaugural Address: President Calls for New Responses to New Challenges

As we remember and celebrate the life of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and mark the presidential inauguration today, thoughts of nonviolence and justice are on the minds of many. In Washington, D.C., CEA President Sheila Cohen and CEA Vice President Jeff Leake were among the thousands of people who witnessed U.S. President Barack…