Safe Working and Learning Environment



Safe Working and Learning Environment

Safe Working and Learning Environment

Protect teachers and students by addressing and preventing violent classroom behavior; address issues of mold, extreme temperatures, lead, water quality, and other school building conditions unconducive to teaching and learning; and require school districts to adopt the National School Climate Standards.

Goal: Advocate for classroom safety laws that address student violence and aggressive behavior in the classroom and provide services and supports to help troubled students who lash out in school; adopt laws that address health and safety risks in public school buildings, such as mold and extreme air temperature.

Classroom Safety

  • Protect teachers and students from dangerous situations and provide supports to help ensure safe classroom settings
  • Provide mandatory services for aggressive students, particularly those whose violent actions indicate the need for additional resources
  • Require teacher input in district plans and responses to address violent students' actions and to determine appropriate services and supports to help students
  • Direct additional resources such as social workers and other specialists to children whose behavior is or could become, dangerous to themselves, other students, or staff.

Tell Us Your Story

CEA is working to pass legislation that protects students and teachers from dangerous situations in the classroom and provide support and services for aggressive students, but we need to hear from you. Share your stories about what's happening in your classrooms. Tell us why teacher assault is a major problem in our schools that must be addressed.

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School Building Conditions and Environmental Quality

  • Pass legislation that addresses the issue of school building health and safety conditions, air quality, and extreme temperatures for all public schools to be compliant with new national air quality standards issued in 2016
  • Require school districts to adopt the National School Climate Standards by using free online Ed School Climate Surveys provided by the U.S. Department of Education.

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#IsMySchoolSick?

Teachers from across the state responded to a new CEA survey on environmental issues in their schools that are making them and their students sick. The shocking findings highlight the need to address environmental problems in Connecticut’s school buildings that jeopardize the health and safety of students and teachers.

Read the comments from the survey and the executive summary below.

Q1 - Demographics
Q2 - Are environmental conditions in your classroom conducive to teaching and learning?
Q3 – Have you experienced any of the following in your classroom ( Extreme hot or cold, mold, rodent droppings, leaking roof, chemical smells, damaged walls, other)
Q4 - Have you reported any of the problems to school administrators?

Read the executive summary.

Excessive heat causes illness, threatens learning
As part of CEA’s pilot program “Is My School Sick,” teachers across the state recorded the temperature and humidity levels in their classrooms. In May and June of 2019, teachers at 33 schools in Manchester, Bridgeport, Stamford, Region 10, and Stratford collected a large data sample confirming that sweltering classrooms are indeed a problem in Connecticut schools.

Read the executive summary.


Teachers Share Powerful Stories of Classroom Violence, Diminished Learning with Lawmakers

From being attacked with a knife to being stabbed with a pencil, threatened with scissors and punched in the face—teachers shared their shocking stories of violent student behavior with legislators.

Watch their emotional stories and read testimony submitted by hundreds of teachers.


A Crisis of Disrupted Learning

Teachers across Oregon say they are seeing outbursts and disruptive behavior from students at an unprecedented rate and the alarming trend has caused many of them to question if they can continue to provide a safe learning environment. Is this happening in your classroom? Tell us your story.


CEA Members, Leaders, Staff Testify Before Black and Puerto Rican Caucus

Teachers, CEA leaders, and staff testified before the Connecticut General Assembly's Black and Puerto Rican Caucus on issues critical to teachers this legislative session, including school climate and classroom safety.

Watch Waterbury teacher Sean Mosley, chair of CEA's Ethnic Minority Affairs Commission, testify on building conditions.

Westport literacy coach Faith Sweeney, Stratford teacher Kristen Record, and Bridgeport teacher Tiffany Ladson-Lang speak on the need for safe classrooms and fixing sick schools.

Crisis in the Classroom: Disruptive Behavior. Disrupted Learning

Teachers share stories of violent behavior in Connecticut classrooms, call on legislators to help students, keep schools safe.

SB 1069: An Act Concerning Various Revisions and Additions to the Education Statutes

Read some of the testimony from CEA leaders and staff.

Ray Rossomando
CEA Director of Policy, Research, and Government Relations

HB 7352: An Act Concerning Minor Revisions and Additions to the Education Statutes

HB 7356: An Act Concerning School Security

Read some of the testimony from CEA leaders and staff.

Kate Field and Michele Ridolfi O'Neill
Staff members of the CEA's Policy and Research department

HB 7215: An Act Concerning Safe School Climate Policies

Read some of the testimony from CEA leaders and teachers.

Ray Rossomando
CEA Director of Policy, Research, and Government Relations

HB 7133: An Act Concerning Blood Lead Level Requirements

Read some of the testimony from CEA leaders and teachers.

Orlando J. Rodriguez
CEA Research and Policy Development Specialist

SB 814: An Act Requiring Boards of Education to Conduct Testing of Water Supplies in Public Schools for the Presence of Lead

Read some of the testimony from CEA leaders and teachers.

Orlando J. Rodriguez
CEA Research and Policy Development Specialist

Written Testimony on HB 7110: An Act Concerning Enhanced Classroom Safety And School Climate

Read some of the testimony from CEA leaders and teachers.

Jeff Leake
CEA President
Tom Nicholas
CEA Vice President
Ray Rossomando
CEA Director of Policy, Research, and Government Relations
Bob Namnoum
CEA UniServ Representative
Michael Casey
CEA UniServ Representative
Rob Lamoureaux
CEA UniServ Representative
Sue Fulleton
Robyn Kaplan-Cho
CEA Retirement Specialist
Cindy Mazzotta
East Hampton teacher
Jennifer Reynolds
Danbury teacher
Danielle Fragoso
Madison teacher
Anonymous Connecticut educator
Faith Sweeney
classroom teacher
Kristen Ann Record
Physics Teacher


Connecticut Legislative Black & Puerto Rican Caucus - Public Forum

Read some of the testimony from CEA leaders and teachers.

Tiffany Ladson-Lang
22-year veteran educator

View All 2019 Testimony


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