Big Wins for Students and Teachers in Congressional Spending Bill

Teachers advocating together across the country have accomplished three important victories in legislation that passed through Congress last week. These wins, part of a bill to fund the government and make certain parts of the tax code permanent, include additional funding for programs benefiting students and families, permanent status for the educator tax deduction, and…

Identifying What’s Wrong, What’s Right About State Testing


The state’s Mastery Examination Committee heard about problems with SBAC from several education stakeholder groups Monday. The Connecticut State Department of Education, the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS), and the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) presented results of surveys they conducted earlier this year on reactions and feedback to SBAC administration. The findings…

CEA to Introduce New Teacher Evaluation Guidelines for PEAC Review

CEA is proposing significant, concrete improvements to Connecticut’s teacher evaluation guidelines based on new opportunity in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that passed the U.S. Senate this morning. At today’s Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC) meeting in Hartford, CEA President Sheila Cohen and CEA Executive Director Mark Waxenberg, who represent teachers on the council,…

Congress Approves Historic Bill to Create Greater Opportunities for Students to Succeed

“We applaud Congress for getting the job done—passing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)—and doing what is right for students, teachers, and public education,” said CEA President Sheila Cohen. “ESSA represents a new beginning for students who have suffered too long under Connecticut’s failed policies of top-down reform and a broken system where excessive test…