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
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 Economic Growth.
The 14-member commission, made up mostly of wealthy CEOs and business leaders—nine of whom have strong
ties to the Connecticut Business and Industry Association—proposed 10 key recommendations, the majority of
which hurt the state's middle class.
"There is much to unpack in the commission's report, but raising taxes that disproportionately harm the middle
class while providing tax cuts for the wealthy is not a formula that makes sense," said CEA Executive Director
"Raising the state sales tax and gas tax while eliminating the estate and gift taxes, and lowering income taxes
most significantly for the wealthy, are not the bold reforms our state needs to help grow our economy. While we
agree with other recommendations to improve our infrastructure and cities, we oppose taking away the rights of
working men and women that will worsen wage inequality and make Connecticut less attractive for skilled
employees," Williams said.
The group is recommending as of yet undisclosed changes to the contribution levels and benefits of the Teachers'
Retirement Fund and utilizing the revenue from the state lottery system to help pay down the unfunded
liabilities of the fund.
"The proposal to utilize the revenue stream of the state lottery system for the Teachers' Retirement Fund is a
concept that requires further examination, but could help reduce the unfunded liability, ensure a consistent
revenue stream, and improve the long-term viability of the fund. The Teachers' Retirement Viability Commission
is also examining options to secure the stability of the fund, and we await the recommendations from this
Commission in the coming weeks," Williams added.
And while the commission called for increasing the minimum wage to $15 per hour, members also want to strike
collective bargaining rights for state workers.
The commission's proposal to eliminate collective bargaining would put state employee pension benefits and
funding in the hands of the legislature—the very body that has underfunded the Teachers' Retirement System
for decades, thereby creating a significant unfunded liability that has jeopardized the fund's solvency.
CEA will advocate against the most egregious parts of this plan and urge legislators not to accept these harmful
proposals. Over the next few days, CEA will conduct further review of the report and address issues that would
further harm, not help, Connecticut and its residents.
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.