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What Does Connecticut's New General Assembly Session Mean for Teacher Pensions, School Funding?
February 7, 2018
Though his opening address to the 2018 General Assembly today emphasized Connecticut' tradition of fairness and
the state' future generations, the governor' new budget proposal delivers mixed news for Connecticut students,
teachers, and schools.
On the plus side, the governor' plan includes a proposal to restructure state payments to the teacher retirement
fund in a way that promotes the long-term solvency and stability of the fund.
"We support this initiative," said CEA President Sheila Cohen, "but the plan must go further." CEA is calling on
the state to repeal the recent 1% increase in the teacher payroll tax, which increased the state' pension
obligation debt by $20 million.
"The state must keep its promise to teachers and fulfill its obligation to funding the state teachers'
retirement fund so that it will be financially solvent over the long term," said Cohen.
In a break from the bipartisan budget legislators passed last fall, and in spite of his repeated calls for a
better, fairer Connecticut, the governor has proposed a budget that denies adequate and equitable funding for
education—a move that threatens to cripple cities and towns scrambling to meet students' needs in an
environment of already reduced state aid and diminished resources for schools. Earlier ECS cuts have prompted
midyear furloughs, layoffs, and cuts to educational programs and services, creating major disruptions in school
districts throughout Connecticut.
"Connecticut must stop underfunding and endangering our students' futures," Cohen warned. "We must develop a new
ECS plan that provides a fair, reliable, sustainable, and equitable funding source for all students, regardless
of where they live." Cohen called for a new funding plan that ensures public school students have the critical
tools and support they need and added, "We are hopeful that legislators will work with the newly created
Connecticut Achievement and Resource Equity in Schools (CARES) Commission to that end. We cannot fail our
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.
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 public meeting.
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.