Save the Date: May 18 Rally

I am writing to let you know about an important rally CEA is organizing at the State Capitol in Hartford on Thursday, May 18, at 5:00 p.m.

We are urging legislators to reject any budget proposal that shifts the state’s responsibility for education funding and teacher retirement onto Connecticut’s cities and towns.

As you know, a cost shift such as this will result in higher property taxes as well as painful cuts to public education. Cuts to local school budgets will translate into teacher layoffs, larger class sizes, a reduction in critical student support services, and in many districts, the elimination of programs such as foreign language and full-day kindergarten.

Our message to the governor and state lawmakers is Keep Your Promise: Fund Our Retirement.

Remember, we are stronger together. Legislators are much more likely to understand the consequences of such a plan if they see the very people who will be affected by it: teachers, students, parents and members of the communities they serve and represent.

Please come—be seen—and be heard—on May 18.



CEA Call to Action

Reminder: Time is Running Out, Make Your Voice Heard

Dear Nancy,

Legislators are presently considering shifting the costs of teacher retirement contributions from the state to cities and towns across Connecticut. This will increase local property taxes and cut local public education funding, leading to job cuts, larger class sizes, and fewer resources.

Tell your legislators not to shift state costs onto the backs of local property owners. Contact your legislators and ask them to vote NO on any state budget that will force cities and towns to raise property taxes and destroy public education.

Get Up! Stand Up! Rise Up!


On May 1st in cities, towns, and communities across the country, activists will Rise Up to demonstrate the power, resistance, and strength of a social  justice movement that is gaining strength and influence by the day. Change is happening – in town halls, in school board meetings – and in the streets of America.

Will you Stand in Solidarity with your fellow educators, students and communities?

NEA is partnering with community groups and activists across the country to “Build Schools, Not Walls.” Educators will join together with neighbors, friends, and allies to raise awareness, educate, and mobilize. We will Rise Up  to ensure that we have welcoming schools that support immigrant students and their families. We will Rise Up to speak out against hate and bias. We will Rise Up to demand the resources for schools and opportunities for all students no matter where they live or what they look like.




Want to do more? Marches, Walk-ins, Rallies, and Town Halls are happening all around the country. Click here to find an action near you.
Are you organizing a May 1st Rise Up event? Tell us about it.
We can’t wait. We won’t wait. – Education Justice Starts Here.

The NEAEdJustice Team

Test scores eliminated from teacher evaluations

CEA Urges Action on Supreme Court Nominee

Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch’s record of siding against students with disabilities is troubling enough. But when senators on the Judiciary Committee confronted Judge Gorsuch about it, his responses raised more serious concern:
Exposed! Supreme Court nominee wrong for students

We can’t have a Supreme Court justice who believes students with disabilities deserve the bare minimum when it comes to education and then isn’t forthright about his rulings when asked.

Senators are voting TODAY to advance Gorsuch’s nomination out of committee. It’s more urgent than ever to email to tell your senators to vote NO on Neil Gorsuch.


Judge Gorsuch has ruled against students with disabilities in 8 out of 10 cases. InMuskrat v. Deer Creek Public Schools, he held that confining disabled students in a windowless closet as a form of punishment did not “shock the conscience.”

See for yourself. Watch and email your senators now.

The bottom line is that Judge Gorsuch’s rulings have made it harder for students to get the services and learning environment that are most appropriate for them. Our students deserve better.

Take two minutes to send an email to your senators. Tell them to vote NO on Neil Gorsuch.

Alice O’Brien

NEA General Counsel

Statement from CEA President Sheila Cohen on PEAC’s Actions Regarding the Use and Purpose of Mastery Test Exam


The Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC) yesterday took a giant step forward in addressing teachers’ concerns regarding the use of state mastery exam results in teacher evaluations. PEAC defined the clear use and purpose of the state mastery exam, agreeing that it should not be used to evaluate teachers.

PEAC unanimously agreed to recommend new guidelines to the State Board of Education that specifically define how mastery test scores can and cannot be used. The new guidelines say: “The state mastery test results can be used to inform goal setting and professional learning for appropriate educators, but cannot be used as a measure of goal attainment or in the calculation of the summative rating for an educator.” Click here to read the new guidelines or visit

The recommendation now goes before the State Board of Education. We are hopeful that the SBOE will adopt PEAC’s recommendation at its April 5 meeting so that we can continue to move forward to improve the educational opportunities for all public school students in Connecticut.


CEA County Forums Schedule

You’re Invited: CEA County Forums Start This Month

Hear the latest education news and developments from the State Capitol


The 2017 Connecticut General Assembly session opened on January 4. Find out what’s new and what’s brewing in public education policy, funding, and more.


Attend a CEA County Forum near you

County Date/Time Location Contact
Tolland January 24
4:30PM Registration
5:00PM Meeting
6:00PM Dinner
299 Boston Turnpike, Bolton
$30 for buffet dinner. Contact David Jedidian:
Windham January 25
4:30PM Registration
5:00PM Buffet
6:00PM Meeting
The Inn at Woodstock
94 Plane Hill Rd, Woodstock
Contact Deborah Crawford:
Litchfield January 26
4:30PM Registration
5:00PM Meeting
Crystal Peak
164 Torrington Road, Winchester
Contact Dan Wilbur:
Fairfield January 30
4:30PM Registration
5:00PM Meeting
Testo’s Restaurant
1775 Madison Ave, Bridgeport
$36 for guests. Contact Kim Patella:
New London January 31
4:30PM Registration
5:00PM Meeting
262 Boston Post Road, Waterford
$30 for buffet. Contact Gretchen Noonan:
Middlesex February 1
4:30PM Registration
5:00PM Meeting
6:00PM Dinner
Baci Grill
134 Berlin Road, Route 372, Cromwell
$30 for members, $35 for guests. Contact Steve Archibald:
New Haven February 2
4:30PM Registration
5:00PM Meeting
480 Sherman Avenue, Hamden
Dinner available during forum for $30 per person. Contact Bill Jacobs:
Hartford February 6
4:30PM Registration
5:00PM Meeting
6:00PM Dinner
65 Rye Street, South Windsor
$20 for buffet, free for first time attendee. Contact Mark Janick:

JOIN IN: National Call In Day

Student learning conditions are educator working conditions. That’s why it’s so important that educators have the right to advocate for better working conditions.

President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court Judge Gorsuch has consistently sided against workers. And that is just one reason why we are urging Senators to vote against his confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Join workers around the country for a national call in day – call your senators right now! Click here to get started.

A Court with Neil Gorsuch could be disastrous for public school students and educators, and for workers around the country.

By joining with educators and other working people around the country, you can send a strong message to your senators that protecting workers must be a top priority.

We can’t trust Neil Gorsuch to protect our rights. Make sure your senators hear from you today that Gorsuch is wrong for students, wrong for educators, wrong for workers, and wrong for the Supreme Court.

It just takes 2 minutes for you to call, and all our calls together can make the difference. Get all the info you need at this link.

– Lily

Lily Eskelsen García
National Education Association

PS – Can’t make a call today? Call tomorrow! Or the next day! Your senators need to hear from you all the way up through the first hearing on March 20, and through the vote. So call any time you can.

Students’ rights are at stake

Act Now: Tell your senators to vote NO on President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

Speak Up Now!

Right now, there is a case before the Supreme Court that will decide whether schools have to support students with disabilities. It’s one of many education-related cases on the horizon.

As I’ve said before, nearly every big legal question that affects our nation’s students and educators eventually makes its way to the Supreme Court.

Hearings on President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court start in less than two weeks. And Judge Neil Gorsuch has a troubling record:
Gorsuch has repeatedly ruled against students with disabilities who seek public education.
He’s consistently sided with big business at the expense of working people.
He’s embraced views that could put workers’ rights in danger on issues like employment discrimination, worker safety, and wages and more.
Add your voice. Tell your senators to vote NO on Gorsuch.

Alice O’Brien
NEA General Counsel

Save the Date for CEA New Teachers Conference

Save the Date: CEA New Teacher Conference, April 1

Workshops and networking for early-career teachers

Designed especially for educators who have been teaching less than seven years, CEA’s annual New Teacher Conference will give you a better understanding of classroom management techniques, the teacher evaluation process, and your legal rights and responsibilities in and out of the classroom.

More info