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CEA Leaders and Staff Testify Before Legislature's Education Committee
CEA President Sheila Cohen.
March 9, 2018
It's a busy day at the legislature's 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
CEA President Sheila Cohen's testimony urged legislators "to reject even exploring the insidious idea of
Education Savings Accounts being introduced in our state."
Cohen explained that ESAs are a voucher-like mechanism for privatizing public education and redirecting taxpayer
dollars away from public schools. "These neo-voucher plans, together with similar proposals like 'scholarship'
vouchers, are envisioned to be used for private and parochial school tuition, home schooling, tutors, online and
'virtual' education, and transportation. They are ill-conceived and threaten our nation's commitment to
providing public education for all students."
CEA staff members testifying include Ray Rossomando, director of policy, research, and government relations;
Michele Ridolfi O'Neill, educational issues specialist; Kate Field, teacher development specialist; and Orlando
Rodriguez, research and policy development specialist, and chief economist.
Testifying on special education funding, Rossomando told the committee that states are in a better position than
local schools districts to provide funding ensuring all children with special needs have access to educational
"The United States is unique in its mission and commitment to provide every child an opportunity to receive a
public education. This sets our schools apart from many others in the world, as our teachers, classrooms, and
schools continually evolve to meet the needs of ALL students," Rossomando said. "Reducing the threshold that
triggers a state share in local special education expenditures moves the state toward a more appropriate share."
Other bills that CEA staff is testifying on today before the Education Committee include An Act Concerning
Remedial Instruction in Reading, An Act Establishing a Task Force to Study Best Practices Regarding
Social-Emotional Learning, An Act Concerning a Study of Virtual Classrooms, An Act Establishing a Task Force to
Study Best Practices Regarding Response to Intervention, and An Act Concerning the Alignment of the Coordinated
State-Wide Reading Plan With the State's Two-Generational Initiative.
Also testifying today, before the legislature's Labor Committee, CEA Political Action Coordinator Christopher
Donovan urged legislators to raise the minimum wage, and create and implement a comprehensive, statewide system
of paid family and medical leave.
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.