The Government Shutdown and Education

Several government-run education websites are offline, and U.S. Department of Education Twitter accounts posted messages early today saying the accounts won’t be updated during the shutdown — but what effect will the shutdown have on students and schools? According to POLITICO, as long as the shutdown is resolved quickly, the effects should be minimal. “A longer…

The Future of Federal Programs and Their Impact on You and Your Classroom

Education funding, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security — federal policies affect programs that are important to teachers. At the CEA-Retired annual meeting NEA Federal Lobbyist Al Campos updated members on what’s happening in Washington when it comes to these important issues. Watch the video below to find out what Campos had to say about the future of…

Connecticut Teachers Talk Education with Members of the State’s Congressional Delegation while Attending a STEM Conference in Washington

Stratford physics teacher Kristen Record and Guilford physics teacher Ernie Smoker were part of a group of 20 STEM teachers from around the country participating in the STEM Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., last week, co-sponsored by MIT and George Washington University. The CEA members are part of the Network of Educators of Science and…

Funding for Public Education and Retired Teachers’ Health Insurance Fund

Many important bills, including the state budget, were debated and passed in the 2013 legislative session that adjourned at midnight last night. Thanks to the hard work of CEA active and retired members, the House and Senate voted to keep the Appropriations Committee funding for the retired teachers’ health insurance fund in the final budget.…

Community Schools Model Passes House and Senate

Schools in Connecticut will soon have a new option for providing various educational and social services to students, families, and community members. An Act Concerning Community Schools passed the Connecticut House today, has already passed the Senate, and Governor Malloy is expected to sign it into law. The bill allows any public school to adopt a Community…

RESPECT Takes on New Meaning for Educators

Yesterday the U.S. Department of Education released a blueprint for RESPECT (Recognizing Educational Success, Professional Excellence, and Collaborative Teaching), representing a critical first step in ensuring quality schools for our students. NEA President Dennis Van Roekel said the Obama Administration’s blueprint for RESPECT offers a positive agenda for change by elevating and transforming the teaching…