Connecticut Teachers Testify in Support of Minority Teacher Recruitment Bill

Connecticut teachers are sharing their stories with legislators in the hopes of diversifying teaching in Connecticut, where more than 40% of the student population are children of color, while educators of color comprise only about eight person of the teaching force. Teachers testified in favor of Senate Bill 390, An Act Concerning Minority Teacher Recruitment…

Your Advocacy Made the Difference This Legislative Session

The 2019 Connecticut legislative session ended at midnight last night, and, thanks to your advocacy, we were successful at achieving some of our top priorities. Watch CEA Executive Director Don Williams’ summary of what we accomplished this session. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nj_9fMg1KM?rel=0 Safeguarding Teacher Pensions The General Assembly has passed a fair, responsible state budget that ensures the…

New Program Seeks to Recruit, Retain Minority Teachers

CEA is developing and supporting a number of initiatives—from public policy to practice—to ensure that Connecticut’s teaching force better reflects the diversity of its student population. Lisa Cordova, president of the CREC Education Association, testified this morning before members of the State Board of Education about one such initiative—created by CREC—that is aimed at recruiting,…

Teachers Speak Up, Share Stories With Legislators: Join Them

Teachers have a lot to say on issues from their pensions to classroom safety this legislative session, which is why local associations around Connecticut are meeting with their legislators and making their voices heard. “Politicians make decisions that affect our students and our profession,” says Hamden Education Association Vice President David Abate. “Sitting back and…

CEA Members, Leaders, Staff Testify Before Black and Puerto Rican Caucus

Teachers, CEA leaders, and staff testified yesterday before the Connecticut General Assembly’s Black and Puerto Rican Caucus on issues critical to teachers this legislative session. These issues included school climate, classroom safety, the persistent shortage of ethnic minority educators, and funding for public schools. “It is vitally important that members of the caucus hear from…