Teachers’ Work is Invaluable and Essential, says President Obama, Honoring Waterbury Teacher

President Obama’s top order of business late this afternoon at the White House was to congratulate Waterbury teacher Jahana Hayes and acknowledge that it is time to empower all teachers with classroom flexibility and give them the respect they deserve. Mrs. Hayes was named National Teacher of the Year late last week. “Jahana sees grace…

Groton Education Association Spearheads Solidarity Day Against ECS Cuts

Groton legislators have been overwhelmed by correspondence from constituents urging them to protect education funding. A grassroots campaign spearheaded by the Groton Education Association (GEA) sent over 300 handwritten letters to legislators’ homes. GEA President Beth Horler proposed the effort after news first broke that Groton Public Schools could lose millions of dollars in Education Cost…

Teachers of the Year Say Using State Test Scores in Teacher Evaluation Damages the Profession

What’s the education policy that most damages the teaching profession? Sixty-nine percent of State Teachers of the Year and finalists for State Teacher of the Year say it’s the use of standardized student test scores in teacher evaluations. The survey by the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY) also found an overwhelming…

New CEA TV Ad Steps Up Campaign Against Unreliable Testing

Teachers are turning up the volume on the problem of unreliable testing that has overtaken Connecticut public school classrooms. “We are airing new TV and digital ads that raise awareness—from parents to policymakers—about the need to reduce testing and test prep and restore more time for learning in our classrooms to help every student achieve,”…

Education Committee Puts Children Before Politics—Takes Big Step Toward Decoupling SBAC from Teacher Evaluation

Teachers across the state are applauding the legislature’s Education Committee today for putting children before politics and moving the SBAC/teacher evaluation debate forward. The Committee voted to send SB 380—the bill that would decouple SBAC scores from teacher evaluations—to the Senate. CEA President Sheila Cohen said the vote shows that legislators want a greater focus…

Growth Over Time on SBAC—A False Promise for Students Not at Grade Level

“Teachers are all for accountability that’s going to be valid,” Bridgeport math teacher Mia Dimbo told reporters and legislators this morning. “We want to be accountable with something that really measures our success.” Dimbo and other members of CEA’s Ethnic Minority Affairs Commission came to Hartford today to share their perspectives on bills to decouple…