With November 3 just one week away, nearly half a million Connecticut voters have already cast their absentee ballots. If you’re planning to vote in person or haven’t filled out your absentee ballot yet, remember to check out CEA’s Legislator Report Card and District Comparison to see how the candidates running in your area stand on issues related to public education.
The 2019-2020 CEA Report Card score takes into account incumbent legislators’ votes on CEA priority bills and legislation that is important to members. In 2019 this included issues like funding for education, minority teacher recruitment, and union access and the right to organize. The score also takes into account a legislator’s advocacy, legislative action, and responsiveness.
Newcomers seeking office have not had an opportunity to vote on key bills. CEA’s Political Action Committee (CEA PAC) distributed candidate questionnaires and held virtual interviews last summer to better understand candidates’ positions on issues that matter to educators.
“We also sought additional information about those with no voting records,” says CEA PAC Chair Bob Brown. “Did anyone locally know anything about them? How supportive were they, and how willing have they been to work with teachers?”
“Let’s take a look at the records of those who are running and elect those who will look out for teachers,” says CEA President Jeff Leake.