Teachers, Parents Calling for Transparency Shut Out of Stratford Board of Education Meeting

Public officials are elected to represent the interests of local residents, but members of the Stratford Board of Education abdicated their responsibility to town residents Monday by shutting them out of a public meeting. Though the board had received notice days in advance that the number of teachers, parents, and community members expected to attend…

Teachers Show What Democracy Looks Like at Connecticut Women’s March

People from around Connecticut gathered Saturday in Hartford for the 2nd annual Connecticut Women’s March—and among the attendees were many teachers. “As a teacher of government, my favorite chant at these marches is, ‘Show us what democracy looks like? This is what democracy looks like!’” said East Hampton teacher Kristen Keska, who traveled to D.C.…

Our Students Can’t Wait: Teachers Send Letter to Legislators Urging Restoration of ECS Funds

CEA President Sheila Cohen and AFT-Connecticut President Jan Hochadel today sent a letter to legislators urging them to convene a special session to restore ECS funding. Severe cuts in education funding are devastating the state’s public schools and shortchanging students’ education. Governor Malloy recently cut an additional $58 million in ECS funding, and more cuts…

Teachers Join Senator Blumenthal in Opposition to GOP Tax Plan

When West Hartford teacher and local Association president Theresa McKeown heard that the Republican tax plan would eliminate the popular educator expense deduction she wanted to find out what this would mean for her colleagues. Most teachers told her they spend $500 to $1,000 annually out-of-pocket on supplies for their classrooms—considerably above the $250 the…

Get Out Tuesday and Vote!

Municipal elections don’t receive the same attention as state or national elections, but that doesn’t mean they are any less important. Tomorrow voters around Connecticut will have a chance to elect candidates for board of education, town council, finance committee, mayor, and many other municipal offices. These elected officials will have a big say in…

CEA, Teachers, Students, Parents, and Municipalities Withdraw Lawsuit

The Connecticut Education Association, the city of Torrington, the towns of Brooklyn, Stratford, and Plainfield, as well as teachers, students, and parents in those municipalities withdrew their lawsuit against the state today. The group was seeking an injunction against the governor’s executive order that cut $557 million in education funding to cities and towns. “On…