CEA Teachers, Leaders to Appropriations Committee: We Need Full, Fair Education Funding

Quality public education does not happen without adequate funding. That was the message from CEA teachers and leaders who held a news conference at the Legislative Office Building this afternoon. The news conference came in advance of a public hearing before the legislature’s Appropriations Committee, where teachers pushed for the restoration of education cost share…

State Board of Education Acts on Teachers’ Concerns: Rejects Charter Expansion

The State Board of Education today listened to teachers’ concerns about fairness in education funding and responded by rejecting increases in enrollment for three charter schools that would have cost the state $627,000. At a time when state budget cuts are currently hurting students and teachers at neighborhood public schools, CEA President Sheila Cohen said…

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…

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…

Standing Stronger Together, Stratford Teachers, Community Send Clear Message: No Teacher Layoffs

A tremendous turnout of Stratford educators, families, and CEA leaders and staff at a special budget meeting of the new town council last night ensured that municipal leaders heard—and sent—a clear message to Stratford’s superintendent of schools: No teacher layoffs. While the nine-member council ultimately voted 8–1 to accept a budget that includes $700,000 in…

Teachers Call on Legislators to Address Education Funding in Special Session

Connecticut teachers are urging legislators to take up the critical issue of education funding when they convene for a special session later this month to focus on the draconian cuts devastating the state’s public schools and shortchanging students’ education. “While we appreciate legislators standing up for our senior citizens, our youngest and most vulnerable citizens…