CEA Proposal to Limit Testing Focus of Radio Program

“High-stakes standardized tests are sucking the educational oxygen out of the room for teaching and learning,” CEA Executive Director Mark Waxenberg told host John Dankosky this morning on WNPR’s “Where We Live.” Waxenberg joined CT Mirror education reporter Jacqueline Rabe Thomas and Jeffrey Villar, executive director of the Connecticut Council for Education Reform, for a…

West Hartford Teachers Call on Legislators to Fix the Broken School Funding System

West Hartford residents, teachers, parents, and taxpayers David Dippolino, Ted Goerner, and David Simon told state lawmakers that they and many of their colleagues have been hit hard by the state’s broken Education Cost Sharing (ECS) formula. “As a resident and teacher, I am being affected multiple times due to the state’s shortfall,” said Dippolino.…

CEA Urges Required Funding of Retired Teachers Health Insurance Fund

If the legislature does not adequately support the Retired Teachers’ Health Insurance Fund, the fund’s instability and potential for insolvency will continue. That’s what CEA Retirement Specialist Robyn Kaplan-Cho told members of the legislature’s Appropriations Committee at a hearing this week. “This pattern of merely funding enough of the cost to keep the fund afloat for…

Changes to State Laws for English Language Learners on Front Burner

English Language Learners (ELLs) are a fast-growing segment of Connecticut’s public school population, yet state laws prevent these students from receiving the instruction and support they need to be successful in their new country. That was the perspective advanced at a forum sponsored by the state’s Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission (LPRAC) held at…

Standardized Tests and the Future of No Child Left Behind

The debate over mandated standardized testing took center stage today as the Republican-controlled 114th Congress gets ready to make its mark on education policy. At issue is the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and whether the nation’s education law should include a requirement that states annually test their students. ESEA reauthorization…