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 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…

Demand a Secretary of Education Who Supports High-Quality Public Schools for Every Student

Teachers have been disappointed and frustrated, though not surprised, by President-elect Trump’s nomination of Betsy DeVos for U.S. secretary of education. With this nomination, the nation is entering dangerous, uncharted territory. NEA, in partnership with AFT, has organized a call to action so that you can share your concerns. Add your name to join with…

ESSA and Federal Funding Focus of Education Committee Forum

While the election of Donald Trump raises many questions about the future of public education, state Department of Education officials remained cautiously optimistic yesterday that the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) signed into law last year will allow Connecticut schools to move in a positive direction. “This is truly a historic opportunity in public…