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BETSY DEVOS IS WRONG FOR EDUCATION

From guns in school to charter accountability, President Trump's nominee for Secretary of Education had no answers during her confirmation hearing. Watch the exchanges between DeVos and Senators and hear for yourself how she responded to questions regarding important education issues.


COULD CONNECTICUT BE THE NEXT WISCONSIN?

As unbelievable as it might sound, the answer is yes. The next Supreme Court justice will most likely support the elimination of agency fee, allowing nonunion members to freeload off the backs of union members. And here in Connecticut, Rep. Rob Sampson and other legislators tried to introduce a bill and hold a public hearing on the issue. This would jeopardize everything from teacher pensions to salaries. Read "What's at Stake."


A shiny apple to Sen. Chris Murphy for asking the tough questions of Betsy DeVos regarding her views on public education.

A rotten apple to Rep. Rob Sampson and other legislators who did not stand up for teachers' rights and tried to raise a bill that would have allowed Connecticut to become a right to work state.


EDUCATION NEWS IN ONE PLACE

Don't have time to search for education news? Stay up-to-date on the news that affects your students and your profession. Visit CTEdwatch.org.

STATE MUST INVEST IN PUBLIC EDUCATION

The 2017 legislative session got underway on Jan. 4 and is in full swing. The big issue: How to close a huge budget deficit. In his Feb. 8 budget address, Governor Malloy plans to outline a new method for how state education aid is distributed. Teachers must be ready to fight against any plans that take funds away from one community in favor of another and ensure every public school receives adequate funding. Read news stories: CT Mirror and CT News Junkie


THOUSANDS OF TEACHERS JOIN MARCHES IN CONNECTICUT AND WASHINGTON

More than 1 million people rallied at women's marches in the nation's capital and cities around the world Saturday on President Donald Trump's first full day in office. Check out the story on BlogCEA and video on Facebook.


CHARTER MANAGEMENT ORGANIZATIONS CHEATING STUDENTS AND WASTING CONNECTICUT TAXPAYER DOLLARS

Using millions of Connecticut taxpayer dollars meant to educate children, charter management organizations (CMOs) are lining their own pockets. According to a shocking new report detailing the financial data of Connecticut charter schools, some CMOs are profiting from state taxpayer dollars allocated for students, with little or no oversight or transparency as to how the money is being used. CEA is urging legislators to review the revenue sources and expenditures of corporate-style charter schools. Click here for details. Also, see how fast CMO executive salaries have risen in four years.

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CEA NEW TEACHER CONFERENCE

Workshops and networking for early-career teachers

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