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State Board of Education Acts on Teachers' Concerns: Rejects Charter Expansion
February 14, 2018
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
At a time when state budget cuts are currently hurting students and teachers at neighborhood public schools, CEA
President Sheila Cohen said it would have been unconscionable for the state "to divert precious education funds
to expand charter schools at the expense of traditional public schools and to the detriment of all students, but
especially minority students in the state's poorest school districts."
CEA Executive Director Don Williams joined many CEA and AFT-Connecticut members who spoke out before the board
at its meeting today. "As our traditional public schools struggle with budget cuts, they also have accepted
thousands of students in need from Puerto Rico, and have not received one dime in additional state educational
funding," he said.
Stratford Education Association Vice-President for Secondary Schools Kristen Record told the board that, due to
$2.9 million in ECS cuts some students in Stratford no longer have a librarian or school counselor, academic
classes have been cut, and class sizes have increased dramatically—even in the earliest grades.
"By continuing to expand a parallel system of schools that does not provide equal opportunity to all students,
the children of my public school district have become victims of a system that is neither fair nor equitable,"
She added that, on top of ECS cuts that have hurt districts around the state, the 2017 state budget also
eliminated funding for the state's beginning teacher mentoring program—TEAM. "The elimination of TEAM
funding has decimated our ability to support our new teachers and effectively help them become the best teachers
they can be," Record said.
Bridgeport Schools Beginning Teacher Coordinator Michael Brosnan was among many teachers urging the State
Board of Education to reject charter school expansion at today's meeting.
Michael Brosnan, the Bridgeport Public Schools beginning teacher coordinator, said that there are 21,400
students in Bridgeport Public Schools, 35 guidance counselors, and 40 social workers across the entire city.
That's over 500 students per counselor—twice the recommended level.
"We have welcomed over 180 student refugees from Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria and, as you may have
guessed, flat funding effects our second language learner programs as well," Brosnan said. "Siphoning monies
away from public schools in favor of selective charter organizations is a reckless choice."
Williams urged, "Please consider what message your action today will send to the charter schools that do play by
the rules, and spend their money on their students instead of huge management fees."
After hearing the issues raised by the teachers, board members reacted negatively to the deliberate
over-enrollment by the charters, which happened while the state budget was still unknown this fall. Board member
Joe Vrabely called it "gaming the system." The board voted 7 to 1 against authorizing additional funding to the
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.
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 dignity.
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 volcano.
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.