Governor’s Veto Denies Support for Classroom Safety and Resources for Students in Need

With the swipe of his pen, Governor Malloy vetoed the best chance Connecticut has had to end the school-to-prison pipeline and reduce discriminatory discipline for students of color and special education students. Public Act 18-89, which passed the legislature with overwhelming bipartisan support, would have helped ensure a safe classroom environment for all students and…

Pressure from Superintendents May Lead Governor to Veto Aggressive Student Behavior Bill

Governor Malloy is deciding whether to sign or veto Senate Bill 453 An Act Concerning Classroom Safety and Disruptive Behavior, now called Public Act 18-89, and unfortunately, some superintendents are lobbying him to veto it. The bill helps stem the tide of student assaults by making classrooms safer and providing appropriate supports and interventions to…

CEA on Radio: Legislators Must Act to End Assaults by Students

As surprising as it may sound, students biting, kicking, throwing furniture, and hurting other students and teachers has become common in schools across Connecticut, CEA Program Development Specialist Robyn Kaplan-Cho told WTIC’s Ray Dunaway during an appearance on his radio show this morning. “Teachers are basically expected to take care of every possible societal ill…

Teachers Share With Legislators Heartfelt Stories of Being Assaulted

Although it was after ten o’clock last night by the time the legislature’s Education Committee heard public testimony on a bill to help ensure classroom safety and address student assaults, CEA members and staff made sure they were present to testify so that legislators could hear their stories. “I am here today to tell you that there…

CEO-Led Commission Raises Taxes, Takes Aim at Worker Freedoms, Teacher Pensions

Raising the state sales and gas taxes, eliminating the estate and gift taxes, selectively raising business taxes, eliminating collective bargaining for state workers, and reforming the Teachers’ Retirement System are just a few of the recommendations released today by the Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth. The 14-member commission, made up mostly of wealthy…

What Does Connecticut’s New General Assembly Session Mean for Teacher Pensions, School Funding?

Though his opening address to the 2018 General Assembly today emphasized Connecticut’s tradition of fairness and the state’s future generations, the governor’s new budget proposal delivers mixed news for Connecticut students, teachers, and schools. On the plus side, the governor’s plan includes a proposal to restructure state payments to the teacher retirement fund in a…