November 2016

Connecticut Teachers Speak Up, Brush Up on Laws Affecting Their Profession

CEA County Forums on ESSA, CCJEF held throughout the state

CEA has compiled hundreds of teachers' comments and concerns on two key education policy issues and will be providing their feedback to the State Department of Education over the next few weeks.

CEA members turned out in force at forums held in all eight counties in October. The forums provided an opportunity for teachers and their local legislators to learn about and share insights into the implications of the recent Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding v. Rell (CCJEF) ruling and Connecticut's implementation of the new federal education law, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Though ESSA breaks new ground in federal policy and returns decision-making back to local educators, parents, and communities, CEA Director of Policy, Research, and Reform Donald Williams noted that its success depends on input from Connecticut's education community. He also explained some of the major implications CCJEF could have for both teachers and students, including a redistribution of state funding that could result in the substantial loss of resources in nearly all school districts and the imposition of broad, overreaching mandates on everything from teacher evaluation and compensation to special education and graduation standards.

Because many of the state lawmakers who will develop and implement new education policy are on the ballot this November, legislators from across the state were invited to attend CEA County Forums to hear directly from teachers regarding the CCJEF ruling and ESSA implementation.

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