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CEA, Teachers, Students, Parents, and Municipalities Withdraw Lawsuit

New state budget restores critical education funds, creates commission to examine funding.

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Showcase the Great Work in Your Local!

Does your local have a newsletter or website? If the answer is yes, why not enter the CEA Newsletter and Website Competition?

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CEA to Legislators: Yes, It Is a Teacher Tax

CEA President Sheila Cohen sent a letter to legislators explaining why teachers oppose the teacher payroll tax in the latest budget proposal.

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The October-November Issue of the CEA Advisor Now Available

The fall is supposed to be a time of renewed energy and optimism as we begin a new school year, but this year, without a state budget, our lives have been turned upside down.

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Statement from CEA President Sheila Cohen on Teacher Tax

Teachers stand together, unequivocally opposed to a teacher tax. It will not help balance the state budget and can and must be eliminated.

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Teachers Hit the Pavement for Colleagues, Children in Need

Braving chilly morning temps, CEA members and their families came out in force today at the 24th annual Eversource Hartford Marathon.

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CEA Goes to Court to Block Education Funding Cuts

CEA joined with Torrington and Plainfield teachers, a Brooklyn parent and her two children, and the municipalities of Torrington, Plainfield, and Brooklyn to file a lawsuit against cuts to education in the governor's executive order.

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Wallingford Educator Named 2018 Connecticut Teacher of the Year

Erin Berthold, a first-grade teacher at Cook Hill School in Wallingford, has been named the 2018 Connecticut Teacher of the Year.

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CEA Seeking Injunction: Executive Order Violates State Law

The Connecticut Education Association announced it is seeking an injunction to prevent Governor Malloy from implementing his executive order and cutting $557 million in education funding to cities and towns.

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Talking to Children About Tragedy

Advice from NEA and the National Association of School Psychologists for talking to your students about violence and other national tragedies.

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Statement from CEA President Sheila Cohen on the State Budget Veto

CEA is calling on legislators to convene immediately to create a real bipartisan budget that works for all of us and invests in public education.

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CEA President Sheila Cohen Statement on CCJEF Appeal

The Connecticut Supreme Court could take over a year to decide on an appeal of the CCJEF decision, but that is no excuse for Connecticut lawmakers to wait to act.

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Wallingford Teacher's STEM Enrichment Program Receives $100,000 Grant

AT&T makes a $100,000 contribution to the NEA Foundation to continue supporting the STEM Academy.

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CEA Calls on Legislators to Convene Immediately to Create a Real Bipartisan Budget


Outlines plans for success, urges legislators to avoid mistakes of the past.

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Latest on the State Budget

Throughout the state budget process, CEA members have been strong advocates. In just the last three days, more than 4,000 emails were sent by CEA members to their representatives and state senators. Here's what happened at the Capitol.

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Strike Over! Burlington Teachers, District Reach Agreement

The Burlington Education Association in Vermont ended their strike on September 19 after four days. Thank you all for your support and words of encouragement.

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Statement from CEA President Sheila Cohen on Governor's Latest Budget Proposal


We urge legislators to enact a budget as soon as possible that protects local school budgets and the education of all children, maintains critical services, and provides for a reliable revenue stream.

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The 2017 Special Retirement Issue of the CEA Advisor is Now Available

This publication is designed to help you better understand and plan your retirement.

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This School Year, We All Must Come Together for Our Students

That unique feeling of excitement mixed with a pinch of nervousness can only mean one thing—a new school year is starting here in Connecticut.

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Statement on Governor's Plan to Cut $557 Million in Education Funding in 139 Districts


Governor Malloy's plan to cut $557 million in education funding would leave school budgets severely out of balance and schools unable to provide quality education for Connecticut's students.

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Students and Teachers Biggest Losers in Budget Crisis

Legislators urged to pass a budget that invests in education.

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Resources for Responding to Acts of Racism and Hate

Resources for responding to incidents of hateful words, actions, and images and making sure your students feel welcome, supported, and valued.

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Voices of the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC)

In 2011, the lives of Wisconsin teachers changed overnight. Wisconsin is not alone. Attacks on collective bargaining rights have taken place in Indiana and Ohio, too, as have attacks on tenure, retirement and other important issues.

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Building Connections, Strength at CEA Summer Leadership

In her opening remarks at the 2017 CEA Summer Leadership Conference, President Sheila Cohen told a packed ballroom, "All of you represent the equalizers in our society, the igniting sparks of innovation and creativity, and the social justice warriors of our nation. You make a difference. You are teachers."

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CEA President Sheila Cohen Kicks Off Summer Leadership Conference

In her welcoming remarks at CEA's 2017 Summer Leadership Conference, Cohen urged members to stay on top of what is happening in Hartford and in Washington, especially this year.

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The Summer 2017 Edition of the CEA Advisor is Now Available

Check out the online edition of our Summer CEA Advisor.

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Charter Discriminates, Penalizes Needy Public School Children

Every parent and student in Connecticut should be outraged over the continued lack of oversight and special benefits provided to charter schools in Connecticut — to the detriment of more than 500,000 students in the state's public school system.

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CEA-Retired Member's Work Highlighted by NEA

NEA Today is featuring retired educators who are still making a difference—and one of those highlighted is Connecticut's own Jon-Paul Roden. A former CEA-Retired president, Roden was recently elected to his second term on the NEA-Retired Executive Council.

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Teachers Tell Legislators: Under Proposed Budget, We Will Be Worse Off Today Than 10 Years Ago


More than 15 teachers from East Hartford and neighboring Manchester told their state legislators to pass a budget without creating further hardships for teachers, families, schools, and overburdened municipalities.

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State Board of Education Puts Bridgeport Public School Students on Losing End


Public school teachers, parents, and CEA staff turned out in force at a State Board of Education (BOE) hearing on July 19 to oppose a charter school expansion that would carve into funds meant for Bridgeport Public Schools, which serve the majority of the city's 21,000 students.

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Statement from CEA President Sheila Cohen on the Proposed House Democratic Budget Plan


We are shocked and disappointed to see that the proposed House Democratic budget punishes teachers for a problem created by the state.

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Teachers Hit the Links to Help Students

More than 200 Connecticut teachers, supporters, and CEA staff hit the links at Glastonbury Hills Country Club on July 17 as part of CEA's largest fundraiser of the year to benefit public school students in need.

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Mortgage Assistance Program for Teachers

Are you looking to buy a home? If you're considering buying in certain districts or you teach in a shortage area, check out the Connecticut Teachers Mortgage Assistance Program.

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Educators Speak Out in Force at Budget Meetings

"We need more revenue, but we may also need to cut some spending, just not in education," New London Board of Education member Peg Curtin told legislators at the July 11 State Budget Forum in New London.

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Connecticut Joins Lawsuit Against Education Department, DeVos

Lawsuit attempts to stop Education Secretary from eliminating regulations designed to forgive students' debt for worthless degrees.

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NEA RA Delegates Call for Increased Accountability for Charters, Honor Public Education Supporter


The over 7,500 teacher delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly (RA) have been hard at work—even over the Independence Day holiday.

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NEA Leaders Applaud Connecticut, Stress Teachers' Strength

"All across the country, you are demonstrating that we have the resolve to fight for what's right for our students and educators, the resilience to take a hit and bounce back, the audacity to demand respect, and the relentless will to win," NEA Executive Director John Stocks told delegates at the NEA RA.

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Educators & Administrators Unite for Equitable Funding

Watch education stakeholders share how their recommendation for a Connecticut Achievement and Resource Equity in Schools (CARES) Commission is the path forward to create a long-term strategic plan.

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Education Coalition Presses for Fair, Transparent Funding Formula

"This is investing—investing in our state's future and the future of our students," said CEA President Sheila Cohen, describing a plan that would create a commission charged with pursuing an open, transparent, and equitable funding system for public schools—one of the state's greatest assets.

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CEA Part of Coalition Calling on State to Create Funding Equity in Public Schools

Urges Governor and legislators to take a responsible approach to education funding, create CARES Commission to ensure all students succeed.

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Parents Criticize Governor's Education Proposals in CEA TV Ad

In a new CEA television ad, parents and students criticize legislators who are ignoring their needs and putting politics ahead of public schools.

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East Hartford Teachers Make National Headlines

The East Hartford community had an important message for Betsy DeVos, and the media at both the state and national levels took note.

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Students, Teachers, and Parents Stand Up for Public Education

"DeVos Wrong, East Hartford Strong!" That was the chant from more than 200 teachers, paraprofessionals, students, parents, and community members gathered on the front lawn of East Hartford High School.

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East Hartford Stands Strong for Public Education

Rally to protest assault on public schools.

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Statement from CEA President Sheila Cohen on Devos's Attack on East Hartford Public Schools


Betsy DeVos's attack on East Hartford Public Schools is alarming, demoralizing, and unwarranted—but not unexpected from a woman who is totally unqualified and unfit to serve as U.S. Secretary of Education, representing the nation's public education system.

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Policymakers Have Plans to Change the Teacher Pension System

The governor and some state legislators are considering big changes to the teacher retirement system. Act Now: Call your state legislators.

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Middle and High School Students Learn What it Takes to Be a Teacher

"You have come from all corners of the state—I'm happy to see so many middle and high schools represented," Dr. Zulma R. Toro told students gathered this morning for the Connecticut Future Teachers Conference.

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Special Education & Equity in Connecticut

As with other areas of public education, when it comes to special education there are big disparities between districts. How do we make sure all students and families receive equitable special education services?

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How to Survive Year-End Stress

Simple suggestions for closing out the school year.

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Bloomfield Teacher, Softball Coach Scores Winning Run for Students

Ninth-grade girls in Bloomfield have been arriving at the high school and joining the varsity softball team never having touched a glove before.

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CEA President Tells Teachers: "If We Engage, We Will Make a Difference"

CEA President Sheila Cohen told delegates to the CEA Representative Assembly that our only hope for our students and our profession is to stand strong together.

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Education Advocate and Former Legislative Leader to Assume Administrative Helm of State's Largest Teacher Organization



The CEA Board of Directors has appointed accomplished policymaker and education advocate Donald E. Williams Jr., as the organization's new executive director.

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2017 National Teacher Appreciation Week: May 7 - May 12

Read a message from CEA President Sheila Cohen.

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Watch the 2017 CEA RA Video

CEA members are stronger together. Watch what we've been up to this year.

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State Auditors Find Lack of Oversight for Charter Management Organizations

Taxpayer dollars being wasted; State must act to save millions.

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Voters Oppose Cost Shift Plan, Raising Property Taxes

New survey highlights need for state to pay its own bills, not force them onto the backs of local property taxpayers.

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An Open Letter to State Legislators

NThe push to balance the state budget by shifting costs to cities and towns doesn't sit well with Connecticut voters and should be rejected.

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The April Issue of the CEA Advisor Now Available

From teacher evaluation to pensions to education funding, CEA is a strong voice and champion for teachers at the State Capitol. Read how CEA is leading the way and fighting for teachers' rights.

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Mastery Test Scores Eliminated From Teacher Evaluations

The State Board of Education (SBOE) showed its commitment to students and teachers today by voting to remove state mastery test results from teacher evaluations.

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Teachers Stand Up for Public Education; Talk Priorities with Legislators

Hundreds of teachers at CEA County Forums throughout the state are speaking directly to local legislators about issues impacting education-including funding for public schools, teacher healthcare, and retirement.

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PEAC Acts on Teachers' Concerns: Mastery Exam Results Cannot Be Used in Evaluations


The Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC) yesterday took a giant step forward in addressing teachers' concerns regarding the use of state mastery examination results in teacher evaluations.

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Gorsuch Ruling on Special Education Funding

In the midst of a hearing on Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, the justices on that very court issued a unanimous decision that rejected one of Judge Gorsuch's rulings against students with disabilities, and repudiated his reasoning in the case.

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Democrats to Filibuster Supreme Court Nominee With Troubling Record on Students With Disabilities


Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York said he will lead a filibuster against Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch.

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CEA Expresses Alarm to President Trump Over Deportation of Students

CEA is joining together with other Connecticut education stakeholders to urge President Trump to ensure that schools continue to be safe places where children, regardless of immigrant and/or citizenship status, will not have their learning interrupted.

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Educators Share Concerns With Legislators on Special Ed Proposals

Every year legislators on the Education Committee deliberate over many bills that could have a big impact on children, parents, and educators. This legislative session, special education is receiving particular attention.

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Advocates Speak Up to Save Important Supports Provided by Community Schools

Community Schools in Connecticut have celebrated many important successes but these achievements are in jeopardy due to funding cuts in the governor's proposed budget.

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CEA Asks Legislators to Demand Accountability, Transparency for Charter Management Organizations


CEA Executive Director Mark Waxenberg testified before the Education Committee in favor of a bill that expands accountability and transparency for charter management organizations (CMOs) that run some of Connecticut's publicly funded schools.

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CEA Advances Bold, New Plan to Fund Public Education

Calls on legislature to create tax reform commission and education equity fund.

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CEA to Legislature's Education Committee: Create a System That Delivers Equity and Adequacy


Calling Connecticut's system for funding public education "irretrievably broken," CEA Executive Director Mark Waxenberg unveiled a bold new plan to ensure that all Connecticut school districts and students are winners.

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CEA Members Save at The Bushnell...And More!

A dozen new shows, from Nickelodeon's PAW Patrol to Broadway hits and the legendary Tony Bennett.

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February-March Issue of the CEA Advisor Now Available

Education is the great equalizer, opening doors of opportunity and success for all students, but public education is under attack from all sides.

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Shout Out for Public Schools, Westport Teachers at the Oscars

Justin Paul, a 2003 graduate of Staples High School, and his songwriting partner Benj Pasek won Oscars for "City of Stars," the song they wrote for "La La Land."

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CEA President: CT Teachers Will Continue to Stand Up for Transgender Students

The Trump administration has rescinded federal protections for transgender students in public schools that allowed them to use restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity.

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Don't Miss Your Special NEA Member Perks

To help you get the most out of your membership, NEA Member Benefits has worked with its partners to arrange special NEA member offers, bonuses and freebies.

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School Funding, DeVos & More: CEA Leaders Speaking Out on the Air

CEA leaders are speaking out about the governor's budget proposal, the need for the state to invest in all public schools, Betsy DeVos, and more.

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When Was the Last Time You Talked to Your Legislators?

Do your state senator and state representative know who you are? Thanks to a meeting over coffee on a recent Saturday, Senator Toni Boucher now knows the names and faces of leaders of each of the local CEA affiliates in the towns that she represents.

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New CEA TV Ad Amplifies Calls to Invest in All Public Schools

The spot highlights the need for the state to invest in all public schools, not divide schools, parents, and communities into clear winners and losers.

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Statement from CEA Executive Director on the Governor's Proposed Education Budget


The governor's proposed education budget threatens the quality of all our local public schools by dividing schools, parents, and communities into clear winners and losers.

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Statement from CEA President Sheila Cohen on Senate Approval of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education


We thank all our teachers, parents, and the public for their tireless efforts-the rallies, the flood of phone calls, and the deluge of emails-in opposition to Betsy DeVos as secretary of education.

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Senators Murphy and Blumenthal to Vote 'No' on DeVos Confirmation

Teachers have been calling and emailing their senators in unprecedented numbers,d and those senators are taking notice.

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Statement from CEA President Sheila Cohen on Governor's Teacher Retirement Budget Proposal


Governor Malloy's budget proposal recognizes the value of Connecticut teachers and the state's financial obligation to them, but the plan to create a partnership for teacher pension contributions with cities and towns must be viewed with extreme caution.

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Mystic Seaport for Educators Summer 2017 Fellowships Available

Mystic Seaport is currently looking for creative, enthusiastic, and dedicated teachers to participate in the Mystic Seaport for Educators (MSE) website research and content creation program.

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Charter Management Organizations Cheating Students and Wasting Connecticut Taxpayer Dollars


Students, parents, taxpayers, and communities getting a raw deal; State must act

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Be Ready to Act to Support Public Education: Join Your Colleagues

The unprecedented number of calls and emails U.S. senators have received in opposition to the nomination of Betsy DeVos for secretary of education make it clear that teachers understand the outsized role that policy and politics can play in their classrooms.

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Teachers Continue Push Against DeVos on Last Day Before Committee Vote

Odds may not be in their favor, but teachers are continuing to stand strong against the nomination of Betsy Devos for U.S. secretary of education.

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Teachers Reject Immigration Ban: Read Statement from CEA President

The executive order President Donald Trump signed Friday banning immigrants and refugees from seven majority-Muslim countries has teachers expressing condemnation and outrage.

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Display Your Students' Artwork at CEA in Hartford

CEA headquarters in Hartford proudly displays student artwork on a monthly rotating basis, and we invite your school to create our next display.

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President Trump Says Education System Leaves Students 'Deprived of All Knowledge'


Surprising many education observers, President Donald Trump mentioned public schools during his inaugural address—but not in a way that pleased students, parents, or teachers.

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December-January Issue of the CEA Advisor Now Available

While the election is over, the battle to protect our students, our profession, and our future is just beginning.

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New Report Conceals SBAC Problems

CEA and AFT CT shed light in Minority Report.

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Classroom Resources for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Help students put in perspective Martin Luther King Jr.'s life, his impact on the Civil Rights Movement, and his significance to American culture and history.

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Governor to Propose New Education Funding Formula

In his State of the State address on the opening day of the 2017 legislative session, Governor Malloy today committed to funding teacher pensions and said he plans to propose a new method for how state education aid is distributed.

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