Raise Property Taxes? Coalition, Voters Say ‘No’

Speaking out at a town hall press conference in West Hartford—which faces historic property tax hikes to cover a major shortfall in state funding—a statewide coalition of eight diverse associations, including CEA, called on legislators to avoid shifting the state’s financial obligations onto cities and towns. Policymakers are currently considering plans to shift $408 million…

Tell Your Legislators: Don’t Pass the Buck on Our Pensions

Legislators have begun to seriously consider numerous proposals, including the governor’s, to burden local cities and towns with the state obligation to fund teacher pensions. Municipalities only have one way to raise revenue, so this cost shift would force towns to either raise local property taxes and/or cut local public education funding—leading to larger class…

Supreme Court Strikes Down Gorsuch Ruling on Special Education Funding: Decision Could Impact CCJEF Appeal

Last week, in the midst of a hearing on Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, the justices on that very court issued a unanimous decision that rejected one of Judge Gorsuch’s rulings against students with disabilities, and repudiated his reasoning in the case. The decision came in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE-1 and…

Educators Share Concerns With Legislators on Special Ed Proposals

Every year legislators on the Education Committee deliberate over many bills that could have a big impact on children, parents, and educators. This legislative session, special education is receiving particular attention. Among the many bills the Education Committee heard testimony on today were one proposing a new way of funding special education in Connecticut and one…

CEA Asks Legislators to Demand Accountability, Transparency for Charter Management Organizations

CEA Executive Director Mark Waxenberg testified before the Education Committee today in favor of a bill that expands accountability and transparency for charter management organizations (CMOs) that run some of Connecticut’s publicly funded schools. “Every dollar for public education is precious, and we need this legislation to ensure that every dollar spent by charter management…

CEA to Legislature’s Education Committee: Create a System That Delivers Equity and Adequacy

Calling Connecticut’s system for funding public education “irretrievably broken,” CEA Executive Director Mark Waxenberg unveiled a bold new plan to ensure that all Connecticut school districts and students are winners. Testifying before the legislature’s Education Committee today, he said the governor’s education budget proposal—which starts with a final dollar amount and then figures out how…

Proposed Budget Divides Schools, Communities into ‘Clear Winners and Losers’

Governor Malloy today released a budget proposal that would shift significant costs for public education and teacher pensions to cities and towns that are already struggling. In his budget address this afternoon, Malloy described “a broken, disparate system where towns are pitted against one another, constantly fighting for limited state dollars.” If the General Assembly…

Statement from CEA Executive Director Mark Waxenberg on the Governor’s Proposed Education Budget

The governor’s proposed education budget threatens the quality of all our local public schools by dividing schools, parents, and communities into clear winners and losers. That’s unfair to all of us, but especially our children. All of our children deserve to be winners and have the resources to achieve. The state currently underfunds public education…

Statement from CEA President Sheila Cohen on Senate Approval of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education

We thank all our teachers, parents, and the public for their tireless efforts—the rallies, the flood of phone calls, and the deluge of emails—in opposition to Betsy DeVos as secretary of education. While the odds were not in our favor and we are certainly disappointed with the outcome, we succeeded in raising the level of…