NEWS RELEASES

A Message to Elected Officials: Fund Our Future

We are in the midst of a crisis that demands bold leadership and action now to fund our future, because too many Connecticut families, students, and communities are struggling. That was the message parents, students, educators, nurses, elected officials, and other members of the Recovery for All coalition delivered during a rally in Danbury

Statement from BOE Union Coalition on the CDC’s New Social Distancing Guidelines

Because now is not the time to let down our guard, we intend to closely review the latest study that produced the agency’s newest physical distancing guidelines. Moving to a three-foot requirement would mean dramatically reducing a safety standard that many school officials have been unable – or unwilling to meet – even further, putting…

Connecticut at the Forefront of Identifying Racism as a Public Health Crisis

Legislation spotlights systemic patterns of inequity and gives every resident and student equal opportunities for success

Combating Racism

Statement from CEA President Jeff Leake on Public Health Committee Bill Addressing Racism in Connecticut We applaud Senate leaders and members of the Public Health Committee for taking the lead on eliminating institutional racism in our state. They have taken a stand in SB 1, by recognizing that racism is a public health crisis in…

Puppets Help Celebrate Read Across Connecticut Day

Connecticut Education Foundation brings the joy of reading and free books to thousands of first- and second-grade students in Bridgeport The Connecticut Education Foundation (CEF) kicked off the biggest literacy event in the state, providing a virtual read-aloud puppet show with book character puppets reading The Someone New, by Jill Twiss. The puppet show was…

Parallel Vaccination Plan will Provide Benefit to Our School Communities

Educators, school staff, superintendents and parents applaud adoption of their proposal for keeping buildings open by prioritizing COVID-19 vaccines Unions representing teachers and support personnel, superintendents and parents today are thanking state officials for prioritizing educators and school staff for vaccinations and adopting their proposed parallel vaccination plan presented last week for Connecticut’s school communities.…

Awareness Campaign Featuring Teachers of the Year Amplifies Calls to Vaccinate Educators Now!

Educators champion efforts to keep schools open by prioritizing teachers and school staff for COVID-19 vaccines

Statewide Coalition Urges Governor to Craft Budget that Creates a Recovery for All

A coalition of community, faith, and labor organizations committed to reducing income inequality sent a letter to Governor Lamont urging him to support an economic recovery that all Connecticut residents can share. 

Congresswoman Hayes Reintroduces Save Education Jobs Act

Congresswoman Hayes has introduced legislation to save nearly 4 million education jobs, spur economic growth, and help mitigate the impacts of students’ learning loss.

Board of Education Union Coalition Calls on Governor to Create Uniform Policy for Managing COVID-19 Quarantines in Schools

Districts’ handling of positive cases and quarantines risks health and safety of all residents As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Connecticut and across the country, the Board of Education Union Coalition leaders sent a letter to Governor Ned Lamont outlining the need for a clear, uniform policy regarding how school districts should handle quarantines…

Statement from CEA President Jeff Leake and AFT Connecticut President Jan Hochadel on Phase 1B COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution Plan

The prompt vaccination of educators and school staff is critical to ensuring the safety of our school communities and expediting full in-person teaching and learning in Connecticut’s schools.

Statement from CEA President Jeff Leake on COVID-19 and prioritizing safety

The dramatic rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in Connecticut has prompted a growing number of public school superintendents to prioritize the safety of students, teachers, and staff by moving to all-distance learning through mid-January. We thank these superintendents for putting safety first, following the advice of health experts, and taking the wisest course…

CEA/AFT Connecticut Survey Results Are In

A new survey of more than 4,000 educators clearly shows that in the midst of a pandemic, schools are not the safest place for children or educators.