Who’s in Charge?

CEA Executive Director Mark Waxenberg today urged legislators not to surrender their authority to a state agency—the state Department of Education. Testifying before the legislature’s Education Committee, Waxenberg said that provisions in Senate Bill 175 concerning parents’ right to opt their children out of state testing and the implementation of a school accountability system represent…

Attend a CEA Workshop to Learn About and Plan for Retirement

When will you be eligible for retirement? How should you decide which retirement plan to choose?  How can you purchase additional service? How will your Social Security benefits be affected? Comprehensive retirement workshops offered free of charge to all CEA members will answer all of these questions and more. The workshops, presented by CEA Retirement…

Support for Community Schools Threatened in State Budget Proposal

Community Schools in Connecticut have had important successes improving student achievement, enhancing parent-school relationships, and providing much needed community supports in some of our neediest districts. These achievements are all at risk due to a funding cut in the governor’s proposed budget. Parents, educators, and community engagement experts spoke out yesterday at a hearing of…

Legislative Budget-Writing Committee to Hear CEA Members’ Concerns

CEA members’ concerns about education and retiree health care funding will be front and center tonight at a public hearing of the legislature’s Appropriations Committee as CEA staff members outline problems with the governor’s budget proposal. Hearings before the legislature’s budget writing committee are an important means for members of the public to share their…

New Report Highlights Student Testing Concerns

A new report on student testing is a step forward, according to Connecticut teachers, but much more investigation and research must be done before policymakers can assure students and parents that Connecticut’s approach to student testing is effective and non-discriminatory. The Connecticut Mastery Examination Committee, empowered to investigate SBAC, delivered its interim report to the…

Process Should Not Be the Product: Evaluation System Cries Out for Improvement

CEA championed people over process at today’s meeting of the Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC). CEA President Sheila Cohen and Executive Director Mark Waxenberg pressed education leaders to act quickly and decisively to make the current, two-year waiver from using mastery exam (SBAC, CMT, etc.) scores for evaluation permanent. “We’re up against a time limit…