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Education Coalition Presses for Fair, Transparent Funding Formula

“This is investing—investing in our state’s future and the future of our students,” said CEA President Sheila Cohen, describing a plan that would create a commission charged with pursuing an open, transparent...

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Growing Pains, Risks as Internet and Social Media Proliferate

From cyberbullying to sexual exploitation, students are particularly at risk from the rapid integration of digital technologies into everyday life.

As more devices become Internet-enabled—24 billion by 2020, according to a recent estimate—experts are finding that many of these devices lack proper encryption and other basic security measures.

Learn how to protect yourself, your family, and your students.

Click here for more information.

Join Team CEF in the 2017 Eversource Hartford Marathon

Darien teacher Katy Gale waves at the start of last year’s Hartford Half Marathon.

Teachers are in it for the long run and in it for the students. And nowhere is that clearer than in the annual Eversource Hartford Marathon, where teachers run, donate, and volunteer to help children in need.

Join the fun this year and support Team CEF on race day—Saturday, October 14. The Connecticut Education Foundation (CEF) is looking for runners to participate in the 5K, relay race, and half or full marathon.

You don’t have to be a runner to be part of the excitement. Volunteers are needed to staff tents, hand out water, and more, and donations to the Connecticut Education Foundation are always welcome. Read more

Be Ready to Take Action

The school year is almost over, but the need for teacher activism is not. While the legislative session ended last week, lawmakers have yet to agree on a new state budget, necessitating a special session this summer.

We need to be prepared to fight any proposals that attack teachers, disregard the needs of our students, or ignore the resources our public schools require.

In the coming weeks, legislators will negotiate budget plans behind closed doors, leaving no opportunity for public input. That means we won’t have a lot of time to react and take action. Read more

Staying Cool at School

There are still weeks of school left to go in some Connecticut districts and, with temperatures in the mid-90s, some schools sent children home early today. For schools without air conditioning, these last, summer-like days present a challenge.

Connecticut state law does not set a maximum temperature for public school buildings. Many children are better off at home on a hot day, but when students don’t have air conditioning in their house or apartment, school can sometimes be the safer option. Read more

Help Raise Money for Needy Children Through the CEF Golf Tournament

You can make a difference in a child’s life just by playing golf in the Connecticut Education Foundation’s 23rd annual Hand’s Across the Green Golf Tournament to benefit The Children’s Fund (CEF). It will be held at the Glastonbury Hills Country Club on July 17, 2017.

Read the Golf Tournament brochure here. Read more

Parents Criticize Governor’s Education Proposals in New CEA TV Ad

Parents from across the state are outraged over plans by the governor and some legislators to balance the state budget on the backs of their children and teachers.

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East Hartford Teachers Make National Headlines

East Hartford Education Association President Annie Irvine rallied students, teachers, and community members yesterday in East Hartford,

The East Hartford community had an important message for Betsy DeVos yesterday, and the media at both the state and national levels took note.

Check out some of the great news coverage of the East Hartford rally:

And click here for photos from the rally.

Watch East Hartford Community Speak Out

“I can tell just by looking at this crowd that Betsy DeVos messed with the wrong district,” East Hartford Education Association President Annie Irvine told the more than 200 students, parents, teachers, and paraprofessionals gathered this morning in front of East Hartford High School.

The East Hartford community turned out in force to condemn disparaging remarks made by the U.S. Secretary of Education about the town’s public schools.

Watch what teachers and their supporters had to say.

Statement from CEA President Sheila Cohen on DeVos’s Attack on East Hartford Public Schools

Betsy DeVos’s attack on East Hartford Public Schools is alarming, demoralizing, and unwarranted—but not unexpected from a woman who is totally unqualified and unfit to serve as U.S. Secretary of Education, representing the nation’s public education system.

In an attempt to undermine public education in our country and push her privatization policies, she continues to insult the millions of professional educators who dedicate their lives to teaching and empowering students. Read more