Over 43,000 members strong, CEA advocates for teachers and public education. We've been a
driving force in lobbying legislators for the resources public schools need and campaigning for
high standards for teachers and students. Our proud history spans more than 150 years.
Whether it's your first time in the classroom or your sixth year, we are here with
all the resources early-career professionals need. We've got classroom management
and professional development ideas. We've got more ways to stretch your hard-earned
dollars. And we've got your back.
The Teacher Education and Mentoring Program (TEAM) is a two year induction program for
beginning teachers that includes mentorship and professional development. Beginning
teachers participating in the program are assigned a trained mentor to guide them
through developing individualized growth plans, uniquely based on their own needs as
Bridgeport teacher Greg Furlong shared his firsthand experiences with inadequate resources and support as a
witness for CCJEF during the trial in Superior Court.
January 18, 2018
Yesterday's 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.
The key issue in the CCJEF case was whether school funding in Connecticut is adequate. On this issue, the Court
found that state funding meets the minimally adequate level required. This finding flies in the face of mounting
evidence of poorly funded and resourced public schools throughout the state, especially in high poverty
"This decision fails to protect education funding," said CEA President Sheila Cohen. "Communities all over
Connecticut have already seen the state withdraw from its obligation to fund our public schools," Cohen
observed. "Rather than protect the quality of education in our communities, this decision allows the governor
and the legislature to continue to slash funding to our schools and children."
While Connecticut's schools and students on the whole do well compared to those in other states and countries,
high-poverty districts have continuing challenges and achievement gaps as well as fewer resources and local
revenues to support their schools.
The decision also rejected an attempt by the lower court judge to usurp the authority of the governor,
legislature, and state department of education in setting educational policy and mandates on a variety issues.
The State Supreme Court found no legal or constitutional authority for the judge to assume such authority.
"If Connecticut is to be an educational leader now and in the future," said Cohen, "it will require that elected
officials honor their duty to provide the equitable funding and resources all children deserve." She added, "CEA
stands ready to work with educational partners toward this goal of fully funding our public schools. The future
of our students and our state depend on it."
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.