Governor Dannel P. Malloy today appointed teacher Erin Benham to serve as a member on the Connecticut State Board of Education.
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CEA President Sheila Cohen issued this statement on today’s appointment:
We are gratified that teacher Erin Benham has been appointed to the State Board of Education, and we are certain that she will advocate for the high quality public education that our students need, deserve, and expect in the State of Connecticut.
Teachers need to be at the center, not the periphery, of setting policy and planning implementation. Policymakers on the State Board of Education will now have the advantage of a new colleague who is a teaching professional and who has direct classroom knowledge and expertise about what works and what does not work well in our public school classrooms.
We are confident that Erin will promote vigorous dialogue on pressing issues such as high-stakes testing, age and grade-level appropriate learning standards, adequate resources, and high-quality teacher evaluation and professional development. We join parents and students in applauding this appointment by Governor Malloy because we know that a classroom teacher will provide the experience, wisdom and strength the state board requires in this time of change.