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…

West Hartford Students Spread Holiday Cheer at Festival of Trees and Traditions

Visitors to the Wadsworth Atheneum’s Festival of Trees and Traditions on a recent morning were treated not only to brightly decorated trees and sparkling lights, but also to the sweet sound of holiday classics performed by middle school musicians from West Hartford. First String, a selective chamber orchestra from Sedgwick Middle School in West Hartford,…

State Treasurer Warns About Legal Implications of Increasing Payroll Tax on Teachers

The most recent budget proposal out of the state legislature has caused State Treasurer Denise Nappier to issue a rare warning to legislators. Nappier said the proposal in the budget to require teachers to pay a larger pension contribution “could result in significant tax liability for teachers” and “could jeopardize the tax-exempt status of the entire” Teachers’…

CEA Seeking Injunction: Executive Order Violates State Law

The Connecticut Education Association today announced it is seeking an injunction to prevent Governor Malloy from implementing his executive order and cutting $557 million in education funding to cities and towns. If allowed to proceed, these cuts would leave school budgets across the state out of balance. This would severely jeopardize school districts’ ability to…