Senators Murphy and Blumenthal to Vote ‘No’ on DeVos Confirmation

Teachers have been calling and emailing their senators in unprecedented numbers, and those senators are taking notice. U.S. Senator Chris Murphy told the more than 100 teachers who joined him in New Haven Friday afternoon that his office has received an incredible 13,000 calls in opposition to Betsy DeVos’ nomination for U.S. Secretary of Education.…

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…

President Trump Says Education System Leaves Students ‘Deprived of All Knowledge’

Surprising many education observers, President Donald Trump mentioned public schools during his inaugural address today—but not in a way that pleased students, parents, or teachers. Saying that “Americans want great schools for their children,” Trump went on to describe the nation’s current education system as one “flush with cash but which leaves our young and…

Tell Your Senators: Confirmation Hearing Proves DeVos Lacks Experience, Knowledge

Will Trump’s pick for secretary of education keep public schools public and maintain education funding? Betsy DeVos wasn’t willing to make any promises when questioned by the ranking Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee during her confirmation hearing last night. “Can you commit that you will not work to privatize public…

Charter Management Organizations Cheating Students and Wasting Connecticut Taxpayer Dollars

Using millions of Connecticut taxpayer dollars meant to educate children, charter management organizations (CMOs) are lining their own pockets. According to a shocking new report detailing the financial data of Connecticut charter schools, some CMOs are profiting from state taxpayer dollars allocated for students, with little or no oversight or transparency as to how the…