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CEA Advocates for Improved Classroom Safety Bill

At its second meeting today, the classroom safety working group continued an ongoing discussion seeking to come to agreement on language for a bill that could be raised by the General Assembly in 2019.

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Help Your Fellow Educators Rebuild Their Lives

Hurricane Florence is having a devastating impact on thousands of NEA members and their families in the southeastern United States. If you would like to help, please consider making a donation to the NEA Hurricane Florence Relief Fund.

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Retired Teachers Urged to Speak Up and Vote

Members reminded how much the outcome of the election this November will matter for schools and public education.

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After a Fire, Plainfield Memorial School Community Shows What's Possible

Just two weeks ago, Plainfield Memorial School students and teachers had no idea where they'd be starting their school year after a fire caused extensive damage to their school building.

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Back-to-School Means Time to Reconnect With Fellow Union Members for Windsor Teachers

"This is a great way to start the year off right,"" said Clover Street Intermediate reading teacher Terri Faucher, who gathered with her fellow Windsor Education Association members for a social earlier this week at Carbone's Kitchen in Bloomfield on Windsor teachers' first day back at school.

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Haddam-Killingworth Teachers Start the Year with a Splash

Forget the crowded auditorium and the motivational speeches. At Haddam-Killingworth schools, convocation is about dunk tanks, pool races, DJs, and human games of Hungry Hungry Hippos.

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Guilford Education Association Serves Up a Day of Fun and Fellowship

Following their convocation, Guilford teachers were treated to a pizza lunch, courtesy of the Guilford Education Association.

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Litchfield Teachers Kick-Off the Year on a Bright Note

Litchfield faculty and staff enjoyed a rousing back-to-school welcome from HoWiE Roll, a band made up of faculty, staff, and a student, who brought a musical touch and upbeat energy to this morning's convocation.

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A Warm Waterbury Welcome for New Teachers

"Welcome, all of you," Waterbury Teachers' Association (WTA) President Kevin Egan greeted more than 60 new teachers during an orientation program at the Waterbury Career Academy.

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Help CTA Members Affected by California Wildfires

Members may offer assistance by making a donation to CTA's Disaster Relief Fund.

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Commission Explores Method to Shrink State's Unfunded Pension Liability

The state's unfunded pension liability will surely be discussed at length this election season, but a state commission created by the legislature is already at work this summer exploring ways to address the problem.

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Change Is on the Horizon This Back-to-School Season

Superintendents and other education leaders attending the Commissioner of Education's annual back to school conference looked ahead to some changes that could have a big impact on Connecticut classrooms.

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Making History

2016 National Teacher of the Year Wins 5th District Democratic Primary.

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Teachers Rally for One of Their Own

Chanting "Labor is your neighbor," dozens of union members—including fellow educators—gathered on the Meriden town green Saturday to show their support for teacher-turned-Congressional-candidate Jahana Hayes.

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Teachers Support Teacher Running for Congress

Teachers get the word out about Jahana Hayes, the Waterbury teacher and 2016 National Teacher of the Year who is running for Congress.

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CEA Summer Conference, Day Two: The Deep Dive

Energy levels remain high on day two of CEA's Summer Conference, where hundreds of teachers have reconvened in Cromwell for intensive training, networking, and the sharing of ideas, concerns, and best practices.

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New CEA President Kicks Off Summer Conference

Newly elected CEA President Jeff Leake welcomed more than 300 Connecticut teachers to CEA's annual Summer Conference in Cromwell, featuring workshops for educators at every stage of their career looking to strengthen their profession and their collective voice.

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New CEA Treasurer Elected

The CEA Board of Directors elected Waterbury teacher Kevin Egan to the office of CEA treasurer.

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CEA Endorses 2016 National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes for Congress

The National Education Association (NEA) Fund for Children and Public Education and the Connecticut Education Association (CEA) today announced the endorsement of Jahana Hayes for Congress in the state's fifth Congressional District.

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Teachers Cheer Yard Goats and New CEA President

CEA President Jeff Leake kicked off Teacher Appreciation Day at the July 27 Yard Goats baseball game by throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.

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Hear from CEA's New President and Vice President

Watch video of CEA President Jeff Leake and CEA Vice President Tom Nicholas.

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CEA Continues Push for Bill to Ensure Classroom Safety, Support for At-Risk Students

The legislature may have refused to override the governor's veto of a crucial school safety bill earlier this summer, but it's not an issue teachers will walk away from.

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The Summer 2018 Edition of the CEA Advisor is Now Available

Check out the online edition of our Summer CEA Advisor.

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Teachers Hit the Links to Raise Money for Students in Need

More than 200 Connecticut teachers, supporters, and CEA staff hit the links at Glastonbury Hills Country Club as part of CEA's largest fundraiser of the year to benefit public school students in need.

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$5,000 Scholarship Drawing for NEA Members

NEA Member Benefits has teamed up with Sallie Mae, provider of the NEA Smart Option Student Loan Program, to offer NEA members a chance to win $5,000 cash!

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Former Manchester Charter School Principal Forced to Surrender Certification Over Sexual Harassment Complaints

CEA calling for actions to be taken against charter officials who ignored teacher complaints; more oversight of charters.

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Connecticut Educators Reenergized by Work at NEA RA, Ready to Face New Challenges

After a week full of hard work on behalf of the more than 3 million NEA members around the country, CEA members who were elected to represent Connecticut teachers are now heading home from Minneapolis reenergized and ready to share lessons learned with their colleagues.

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Path Academy Surrenders Charter, Will Close

The State Board of Education received notice this week that Path Academy, a Windham school run by a charter management organization, will voluntarily surrender its charter.

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CEA Members Inspired by Former Political Prisoner's Commitment to Students

Standing up for students and the teaching profession is central to what it means to be a teacher, but in some places around the world, it can land you in prison.

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Teachers Stand Strong With Their Union in Minneapolis

This RA is taking place in the wake of the recent Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME, a case bankrolled by corporate interests, which seeks to weaken labor unions and steal the voice of students and teachers. However the Janus case isn't the only attack educators have been uniting against recently.

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Connecticut Teachers Join National Colleagues for 2018 NEA RA

Some of your Connecticut colleagues are in Minneapolis this week as members of the world's largest democratic deliberative body: the NEA Representative Assembly.

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Supreme Court 5-4 Decision Seeks to Undermine Worker Rights

CEA vows to stand strong, stand up for educators.

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Educator Certification Shortage Areas for 2018-19

If you're working under an endorsement that is considered a shortage area you may be eligible for benefits such as loan forgiveness and mortgage assistance.

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Legislators Fail Students; Undermine Safety and Support for At-Risk Students

CEA vows to continue to push for change and accountability.

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Heartless Assault on Immigrants Must Stop

We've all seen the heartbreaking scenes of parents being arrested along our country's southern border as their sobbing and traumatized children are stripped from their mothers' protective arms and taken away by border patrol agents.

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Path Academy Charter School Given One Week to Address Serious Problems—Or Lose Charter

The deeply troubled Path Academy has been given a week to propose a solution to the multitude of problems plaguing the charter school and its operators, according to a decision by the State Board of Education.

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Watch: Teachers Share Why Bridgeport Strike Still Relevant Today

What do the events of 40 years ago have to do with teachers' lives today? A lot, it turns out.

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Despite Concerns, State Board of Ed Renews Charter School Contract

CEA has repeatedly drawn attention to the lack of financial accountability and oversight for charter management organizations (CMOs) in Connecticut.

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The May-June Issue of the CEA Advisor is Now Online

This is our moment. This is our movement.

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State Board of Ed Moves Forward With Revoking Path Academy Charter

The State Board of Education voted unanimously to begin the revocation process for Path Academy Charter, a Windham school run by a charter management organization.

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Courtney Slams Devos for Failing to Respond to East Hartford High Letters

Rep. Joe Courtney on Tuesday lashed out at Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for her failure to respond to letters from Connecticut officials and students who were offended by her disparaging remarks about East Hartford High School a year ago.

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CEA Criticizes Practices at Corporate-Run Charter Including Apparent Fraud and Overbilling Taxpayers $1.6 Million

The Connecticut Education Association supports the State Department of Education's revocation proceedings for Path Academy Charter School in Windham and its charter management organization (CMO), Our Piece of the Pie.

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Teachers Elect New Leaders

In contested races, 428 teacher delegates elected a new president, Jeff Leake, and vice president, Tom Nicholas, to lead the Connecticut Education Association for the next three years. The election took place on May 19 at the 170th CEA Representative Assembly (CEA RA).

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CEA and You

CEA RA Video: A year in review.

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Teachers Gather to Remember Landmark Bridgeport Strike

Hundreds of active and retired teachers, some of whom hadn't seen each other in decades, gathered to commemorate a historic milestone—the Bridgeport teachers strike of 1978—which, for many, has brought to mind the wave of uprisings and walkouts happening across the country today.

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Retired Teachers Applaud Legislative Funding, Ready to Stay Active and Engaged

"Those of you who went to retired lobby day, who reached out to your legislators, I can't thank you enough," CEA Executive Director Donald Williams told members of CEA-Retired gathered for their annual spring meeting.

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Legislators Pass Bill to Improve Classroom Safety

In an important step toward ensuring the safety of Connecticut students and teachers, the State House and Senate have both passed SB 453.

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#RedforEd Donations

Arizona has followed in the footsteps of West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and now Colorado - fighting for quality public education for our students.

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Administration's Refusal to Hire Substitute Teachers Shortchanges Bridgeport Students

Hours before a drastic budget measure affecting the district's public schools was set to take effect, Bridgeport teachers held a news conference drawing attention to school officials' refusal to hire substitute teachers for the month of May—a decision that threatens to disrupt learning and jeopardize student safety.

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Teachers, Registrars to Students: Your Vote Matters

Hours before a drastic budget measure affecting the district's public schools was set to take effect, Bridgeport teachers held a news conference drawing attention to school officials' refusal to hire substitute teachers for the month of May—a decision that threatens to disrupt learning and jeopardize student safety.

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Register to Vote Campaign

CEA is proud to partner with the Registrars of Voters Association of Connecticut on a month-long, non-partisan voter registration drive in Connecticut's high schools, beginning May 1, and you can help.

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Westport Teachers Wear Red for Ed

Like their colleagues standing up for fair wages and education funding across the nation, Westport teachers came together, wearing red, in a show of strength and solidarity before the town's Board of Education.

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For English Learner Turned Ivy-Leaguer, Public School Teachers Made the Difference

On the morning of their promotion to middle school, fifth-grade girls from the Walsh School in Waterbury had a special visitor.

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CEA Helps Schoolchildren and Families Receive Free Dental Care

CEA partnered with the Connecticut Foundation for Dental Outreach this year to get the message out about a no-cost clinic at Torrington High School April 20-21.

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The April Issue of the CEA Advisor is Now Online

As the saying goes, March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. But this year it is not going out like a lamb, because a growing community of student, teacher, and parent activists are roaring until something is done to end the scourge of violence in our schools.

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Touchdown for Waterbury High School Football

The football equipment necessary to ensure students' safety can be expensive, and in a district like Waterbury, funding for sports programs is in short supply.

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Teachers Ask for More Protection Against Unruly Students

Kicked, bitten, and thrown to the ground. Connecticut teachers say they've had enough.

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Support #OKwalk4kids Lunch and Buses

Oklahoma educators, support professionals, parents, students, and community members have been PACKING the Oklahoma State Capitol this week to speak up on behalf of Oklahoma's children! Can you support them by buying them lunch?

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'I Would Die for My Students, But I Shouldn't Have To'

Teachers from Avon, Bloomfield, Cheshire, Clinton, Cornwall, Coventry, East Hartford, Killingly, Manchester, Mansfield, Newington, Norwich, Tolland, Trumbull, and Waterbury—as well as retired educators from around the state—participated in the student-led March for Our Lives ast the nation's capital.

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Enough is Enough: Thousands of Teachers Join Students in March to End Gun Violence

Chanting "enough is enough" and "we want gun control now," students, teachers, parents, and community members marched from the Corning Fountain in Bushnell Park to the steps of the State Capitol for the March For Our Lives Rally.

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CEA on Radio: Legislators Must Act to End Assaults by Students

As surprising as it may sound, students biting, kicking, throwing furniture, and hurting other students and teachers has become common in schools across Connecticut, CEA Program Development Specialist Robyn Kaplan-Cho told WTIC's Ray Dunaway during an appearance on his radio show.

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Teachers Share With Legislators Heartfelt Stories of Being Assaulted

Although it was after ten o'clock last night by the time the legislature' Education Committee heard public testimony on a bill to help ensure classroom safety and address student assaults, CEA members and staff made sure they were present to testify so that legislators could hear their stories.

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Teachers Organize Walk-Ins for School Safety

Teachers and school staff in Amity, Darien, East Haddam, Marlborough, Manchester, Stamford, West Hartford, and elsewhere throughout the state gathered in their schools' parking lots and snowy courtyards in a show of support and solidarity for communities ravaged by school gun violence.

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Rise in Aggressive Student Behavior in the Classroom Impacting Students, Teachers

Teachers calling on legislators to enact policies and procedures to keep classrooms safe.

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CEA Leaders and Staff Testify Before Legislature's Education Committee

Its a busy day at the legislatures Education Committee, with senate and house members hearing from the public on bills that cover a range of topics from remedial reading instruction to virtual learning to Education Savings Accounts.

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CEA Leaders Share Their Opinions on Keeping Schools Safe in Connecticut and Around the Country

CEA President Sheila Cohen and CEA Executive Director Donald Williams offer their insights on gun laws and school safety.

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Oklahoma Teachers' Union Sets Strike Date for April 2 After Teacher Outcry

The Oklahoma Education Association announced on Tuesday night that schools would shut down across the state if the state legislature does not pass a $10,000 pay raise for teachers and increased funding for schools by April 23.

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Agreement Reached Between West Virginia Educators and State

Thank you to all of you who sent messages of support to our West Virginia colleagues. They have stood in solidarity and made their voices heard to demand recognition of their professionalism and dignity.

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Shelton Teachers Raise School Safety Concerns; Security Lapses Tied to Funding

In one of the city's largest public forums—with a crowd of over 200—more than 60 Shelton teachers shared their concerns and ideas regarding school safety with colleagues, administrators, and community members.

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2018 CEF Read Across America Reading Bus Tour Makes Final Stop in Plainfield

Neither rain nor snow nor sleet would keep the bright blue bus from reaching its final destination on this blustery day.

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CEO-Led Commission Raises Taxes, Takes Aim at Worker Freedoms, Teacher Pensions

Raising the state sales and gas taxes, eliminating the estate and gift taxes, selectively raising business taxes, eliminating collective bargaining for state workers, and reforming the Teachers' Retirement System are just a few of the recommendations released today by the Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth.

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CEA, Union Leaders, Legislators Fight for Freedoms and Rights of the Middle Class

CEA leaders were joined by labor leaders from across the state and legislators in speaking out to protect the rights and freedom of workers to negotiate together and fight for decent and equitable pay, affordable health care, quality schools, and vibrant communities.

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The Wheels on the Bus Go Read, Read, Read

February 26 marked the kick off of the Connecticut Education Foundation's 2018 Read Across America Reading Bus Tour, featuring a 38-foot bus decorated with characters from popular Dr. Seuss books and outfitted with bookshelves, benches, carpeting, and 3,000 donated books.

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Stop Putting Children's Futures at Risk

Teachers call for real reform, fairness in education funding for all students.

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No Guns in School

The Connecticut Education Association does not endorse the idea that teachers should bring guns into the classroom.

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Education and Student Leaders to Lawmakers: Help Us Take Back Our Schools

CEA joined with the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) and the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) in a press conference at East Hartford High School demanding meaningful legislative action on school safety.

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The February-March Issue of the CEA Advisor is Now Online

Protecting public education and the teaching profession: Together, we have the power.

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Connecticut Teachers Honor Educators, Students Killed in School Shooting

High school teacher Scott Beigel left this earth the way he had lived his life: looking out for the young people in his care.

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Reading Bus Tour Rolls into Northeastern Connecticut

Connecticut Education Foundation brings the joy of reading to students.

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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.

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CEA Joins Labor Leaders Calling for Bold Reforms to Move CT Forward

Labor advocates urge fiscal stability commission to take high road to achieve economic growth in Connecticut.

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What Does Connecticut's New General Assembly Session Mean for Teacher Pensions, School Funding?

Though his opening address to the 2018 General Assembly emphasized Connecticut's tradition of fairness and the state's future generations, the governor's new budget proposal delivers mixed news for Connecticut students, teachers, and schools.

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Statement from CEA President Sheila Cohen on the Governor's State of the State Address

While Governor Malloy's message in his address to the General Assembly emphasized Connecticut's tradition of fairness and concern for future generations, his budget proposal is anything but fair for Connecticut's students and public schools.

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Enfield Teacher Wins Grand Prize Vacation Package from CEA Member Benefits Sweepstakes

Kim Sweeney is the winner of a nine-day NEA Adventures prize package summer vacation to Costa Rica. The trip—the grand prize in CEA Member Benefits' first-ever "Explore & Score" eight-week sweepstakes—includes meals, hotel accommodations, and tours of a cloud forest, hot springs, and volcano.

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Underfunding by Legislature Leads to Changes to Retired Teachers' Health Insurance

A change to the retired teachers' health insurance program that was adopted by the State Teachers' Retirement Board (TRB) this month will impact retired teachers and spouses who are on—or will soon be on&mdsah;the TRB's Medicare supplement (65 and older) plan.

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CEA County Forums Bring Members Up to Speed, Stress Need to Stand Together

Teachers across Connecticut are coming out to their local CEA County Forums to stay on top of new threats to their profession and public education—and to learn how they can protect themselves.

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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 by shutting them out of a public meeting.

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Teachers Show What Democracy Looks Like at Connecticut Women's March

People from around Connecticut gathered Saturday in Hartford for the 2nd annual Connecticut Women's March—and among the attendees were many teachers.

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CCJEF Ruling Fails Connecticut Students

State Supreme Court ruling in the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding (CCJEF) v. Rell delivered a mixed verdict—bad for school funding, while rejecting the lower court's attempt to create burdensome schemes for testing, teacher evaluation, and education policy.

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CEA Members Continue to Press for TEAM Funding

After state funding for the program was unexpectedly eliminated from the new state budget, CEA has continued to strongly advocate for a restoration of TEAM funding.

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CEA President Sheila Cohen on State Supreme Court Ruling in CCJEF Case

Ruling fails to protect education funding, and opens the door to an unprecedented assault on our schools and children.

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Our Students Can't Wait: Address Education Funding Now

Legislators must address education funding and reverse the additional $58.2 million in cuts to public schools before the start of the regular legislative session.

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