CEA Standing Up for Student, Parent, and Teacher Rights

“This bill is essentially a hostile takeover of Network Schools—it’s incredibly anti-democratic,” CEA Director of Policy, Research, and Reform Donald Williams told legislators yesterday, saying that CEA strongly opposes Senate Bill 5551. While debate on a CEA proposed bill to undo the link between SBAC and teachers’ evaluations received the lion’s share of testimony at…

CEA Urges Legislators to End Link Between Teacher Evaluation and SBAC Scores

“Nowhere in research does it say that the results of a single standardized test score measure the effectiveness of a teacher,” CEA President Sheila Cohen told legislators this evening. Cohen and Executive Director Mark Waxenberg expressed teachers’ support for SB 380 An Act Concerning the Exclusion of Student Performance Results on the Mastery Examination from Teacher…

Legislators Urged to Strengthen Student Data Privacy Protections

“Connecticut is among a small minority of states that have yet to enact legislation pertaining to the protection and use of student data, leaving our children and families inadequately protected,” Jenn Jacobsen, director of the Connecticut Alliance for Privacy in Education (CAPE), told legislators this week. Jacobsen and other CAPE members testified at a public…

CEA Backing Legislation to Help Teachers Bearing Burden of Unsubstantiated Allegations

It can be shockingly easy for an upstanding educator to face unfounded accusations that require an investigation by the Department of Children and Families (DCF). As the law now stands, even when educators are cleared of all wrongdoing they still face the stigma of being labeled “alleged perpetrators.” CEA attorney Chris Hankins spoke out on behalf of…

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…

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…

New Legislative Session Brings Opportunity for Improving Teaching and Learning

State lawmakers will be back in Hartford tomorrow for the start of the 2016 legislative session—and that brings opportunity for teachers to advocate for improvements to education policies that affect their students, their profession, and public education. Tomorrow’s focus will be on the state budget as the governor gives his state of the state address…