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Testimony of the Connecticut Education Association Before the Education Committee
H.B. 5078 - An Act Imposing a Moratorium on the Implementation of the Common Core State Standards
H.B. 5331 - An Act Concerning the Implementation of the Revisions to the PEAC Guidelines
March 12, 2014
Good Afternoon Senator Stillman, Representative Fleischmann and other members of the Education Committee. My name is
Mark Waxenberg, Executive Director of the Connecticut Education Association (CEA). Also with me is Sheila Cohen,
President of the Connecticut Education Association. Thank you for the opportunity to address you today on the two proposed
bills listed above.
Rather than commenting at length about the specificity of the language in each bill, we have provided you with exhibits
supporting CEA's position on each bill.
Let us articulate in simple terms what our position is: On the bill dealing with Common Core, our exhibits prove that the
Common Core issue is like a traffic light.
"There is a light which means stop — CEA does not support this."
"There is a light which means go — CEA does not support this."
"Finally, there is a light which means look both ways and proceed with caution — that is CEA's position."
Specifically, our exhibits support our position, and we are extremely pleased that the Governor, through his Executive Order,
has created a working group that supports our position as well.
CC I — Shows the timeline of the CCSS occurring in Connecticut,
which may conflict with previous statements made by others about teacher involvement.
CC II — Document from SDE sent in October of 2011 which cites
activities. My notes indicate on page 3 the reality as of today.
CC VIII — Unsolicited and original responses from fourth
graders as prepared by one of the students (scribe)
in a discussion group the student initiated. This was not teacher-led or encouraged. It came from a discussion
at dinner with a parent who suggested the student get the opinions of her classmates on the SBAC Test. As you
can see, "Proceed with Caution."
Secondly, regarding the bill dealing with PEAC Guidelines.
CEA's position is clear here as well.
Members of this legislative body need to determine whether they choose to confer policymaking authority in the areas cited
in the Education Reform Bill of 2012 over to an administrative agency.
This legislation reflects agreements made in PEAC that do not require legislation, but I do not believe that is the
point. This legislation raises a broader concern that we previously stated. If the legislature chooses to say that
they will keep "hands off" unless and until trouble arises, that's a position to take. On the other hand, if the
legislature chooses it wants to codify portions of the guidelines so they cannot be manipulated without legislative
input, that's a position to take.
As you decide what road you choose to take, we will continue to make good faith efforts using our "Road to PEAC" process
- to modify existing guidelines for the best interest of students, parents, teachers, and public education.
We have attached exhibits to provide background and history that you may need in your discussions. We continue to work
with all constituent groups to share ideas in accordance with the Governor's letter dated January 28, 2014.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.