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State Board of Ed Moves Forward With Revoking Path Academy Charter

The State Board of Education today voted unanimously to begin the revocation process for Path Academy Charter, a Windham school run by a charter management organization. An investigation by the State Department of Education has uncovered practices at the school that include defrauding the state of nearly $1.6 million, billing the state for 128 phantom students, operating unauthorized schools, and tolerating excessive absenteeism.

The revocation process is underway, but will not be finalized until a later vote of the state board, which is scheduled to again take up the matter at a meeting June 19.

“The state cannot allow these shocking practices to continue. Our children and their education—as well as state dollars—require protection from fraud and fiscal abuse,” said CEA President Sheila Cohen. “It is unacceptable when charter schools are not held to the same standards as traditional public schools, or are given free reign over public dollars with no public oversight.”

Cohen added, “The legislature must pass stronger laws that govern charter school management companies to ensure that they follow the law, and not defraud the public.”

Read more about today’s vote.

Teachers Elect New Leaders

In contested races, 428 teacher delegates elected a new president, Jeff Leake, and vice president, Tom Nicholas, to lead the Connecticut Education Association for the next three years. The election took place on May 19 at the 170th CEA Representative Assembly (CEA RA). The president and vice president’s three-year terms begin July 15.

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Current CEA Vice President Jeff Leake and Treasurer Tom Nicholas were voted CEA President and Vice President at the CEA RA today.

In addition, in uncontested races, delegates elected directors to represent them on the NEA Board of Directors. Vernon teacher David Jedidian was elected NEA director, and Tara Flaherty, a teacher at Shepaug Valley School in Washington, was elected NEA director alternate. Their three-year terms begin September 1.

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Students Uncover, Share Facts About Immigration

Long before #ProtectDreamers was trending, students in Amy Claffey’s Spanish classes at Old Saybrook High School were learning about the vast hurdles undocumented people face—and the misconceptions surrounding them in the communities where they live. In an effort to educate their school about immigrants from Mexico and Central America, Claffey’s students, with help from high school library/media specialist Christine Bairos, completed a project that brought greater awareness of immigration issues to their peers and the wider community.

With help from teachers Christine Bairos (left) and Amy Claffey (right), Old Saybrook students pursue questions about immigration.

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Teachers Gather to Remember Landmark Bridgeport Strike

Hundreds of active and retired teachers, some of whom hadn’t seen each other in decades, gathered to commemorate a historic milestone—the Bridgeport teachers strike of 1978—which, for many, has...

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Retired Teachers Applaud Legislative Funding, Ready to Stay Active and Engaged

CEA Executive Director Donald Williams thanked CEA-Retired members for reaching out to their legislators in such great numbers.

“Those of you who went to retired lobby day, who reached out to your legislators, I can’t thank you enough,” CEA Executive Director Donald Williams told members of CEA-Retired gathered for their annual spring meeting this morning. “You made a tremendous difference and had a big impact on the legislature this year.”

In the budget that passed the Connecticut General Assembly late last night, legislators designated $16 million for the Retired Teachers’ Health Insurance Fund—contributing their full share for the first time in many years. While the state is supposed to contribute one-third of the fund’s actuarially required amount and retired teachers and active teachers each contribute one-third, the state has not been funding its share recently—putting the fund on the precipice of bankruptcy.

“Full state funding for the Retired Teachers’ Health Insurance Fund has been one of our top priorities in recent years,” Williams said. “Thank you for your great work.” Read more

Teacher Leader Institute May 22: Register Now!

CEA is pleased to once again partner with Central Connecticut State University on this important event featuring Ottawa’s Dr. Peter Gamwell and Finland’s Dr. Pasi Sahlberg. Their work has been influential on the structure of education in their respective countries, which are recognized as education superpowers and supporters of teachers as professional leaders.

The theme of this year’s program—which will be explored in a panel discussion and breakout sessions—is teacher leaders as enablers of creativity, collaboration, and innovation in their classrooms and beyond.

Offered by CCSU in partnership with CEA, AFT-CT, and Duke University Teachhouse, the program is open to 400 public school educators.

REGISTER TO ATTEND THE INSTITUTE.

May 22, 2018, 8:00am – 3:30pm
CCSU New Britain Campus – Alumni Hall

Read about last year’s institute.

Cost: $75.00 per person

Space is limited.

State Latin Day Proves Language Is Alive and Well in Connecticut

Latin may be the historical language of ancient Rome—but last week it also belonged to the over a thousand teens in togas and tunics attending Connecticut State Latin Day in Cheshire. Students from nearly 50 middle and high schools around Connecticut experienced a day full of camaraderie, fun, and interdisciplinary learning that strengthened their Latin skills while boosting their interest in the language.

CEA Legal Counsel Rebecca Mitchell and her sister, Simsbury Spanish teacher Adria Bernard, taught Greek dancing to students at CT Latin Day.

“The popularity of the event shows Connecticut is one of the best places to study Latin,” says organizer and Farmington Latin teacher Drew Warchut. “We have a strong learning community in our state, and Latin is alive and well.” Read more

Administration’s Refusal to Hire Substitute Teachers Shortchanges Bridgeport Students

Bridgeport teachers held a news conference drawing attention to school officials’ refusal to hire substitute teachers for the month of May—a decision that threatens to disrupt learning...

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Teachers, Registrars to Students: Your Vote Matters

CEA has proudly partnered with the Registrars of Voters Association of Connecticut on a month-long voter registration drive in Connecticut’s high schools,

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Teachers Run Statewide Relay in Support of Safe Schools

As students around the country marked the 19th anniversary of the mass shooting at Columbine High School on April 20, teachers in Connecticut sent a clear message that they, too, are pushing for stronger congressional action on gun violence in classrooms.

Representing all eight counties in Connecticut, dozens of teachers took part in a statewide relay race to the State Capitol—Running for Our Lives—to build on the momentum of a student-led movement demanding action for safer schools. Educators came from every part of the state, wearing colors they chose to represent their counties.

Runners wear a rainbow of colors to represent the counties where they teach.

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