Urge Your Legislators to Override HB 6977: Qualifications, Experience Always Important for Education Chief

House Bill 6977, An Act Establishing Qualifications for the Commissioner of Education, has been vetoed despite overwhelming bipartisan support, passing the State Senate unanimously and the House of Representatives 138-5. The bill would have required that the state’s education commissioner have an education degree, five years of experience as a teacher, and three years of…

TIME RUNNING OUT: Teachers Intensify Call for Override

Saying children, parents, and communities always deserve a qualified and experienced leader at the helm of public education, Connecticut teachers are urging state legislators to override Governor Malloy’s veto of HB 6977, An Act Establishing Qualifications for the Commissioner of Education, a measure that passed the State Senate unanimously and the House of Representatives with…

U.S. Senators Introduce Social Security Fairness Act to Repeal GPO-WEP

Hundreds of thousands of educators, police officers, fire fighters, and other public service employees lose the Social Security benefits they’ve earned or have them significantly reduced due to two federal offsets known as the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP). This loss of benefits is a real blow to many public service…

New Transparency & Oversight Ensured for Connecticut Charter Schools

**UPDATE: On July 7, 2015, Governor Malloy signed SB 1096 into law.** Charter schools, which have become a parallel school system in Connecticut—allowed to play by a different set of rules than those that govern traditional neighborhood public schools—are now subject to some much-needed oversight thanks to Senate Bill 1096 that passed the state House…

Educators Can Help Put an End to Overtesting in Connecticut Schools

“We need educators from across the state to stand up and speak out to end burdensome, high-stakes testing in Connecticut,” said CEA Executive Director Mark Waxenberg. Waxenberg told Hartford County CEA leaders at a forum in Hartford earlier this week that legislators are considering a testing bill, Senate Bill 1095, but it must be amended…