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Interview With CEA President to Air Sunday on Local Radio Stations

From the state’s failure to pass a budget to CEA’s Holiday Bear program, CEA President Sheila Cohen discusses a wide range of education issues in a radio interview airing this Sunday. Cohen shares CEA’s mission and goals and highlights the many positive ways teachers across Connecticut are impacting their students’ lives.

You can quickly create an account to sign in and listen online now, or tune in this Sunday at

  • 6 a.m. on 960 WLEI,
  • 7 a.m. on KISS 95.7, KC 101, ESPN Radio 1300, Country 92.5, 100.9 The Beat, 97.9 ESPN, and News Radio 1410, or
  • 8 p.m. on the River 105.9.

Wallingford Educator Named 2018 Connecticut Teacher of the Year 

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Wallingford first-grade teacher Erin Berthold high fives students after an assembly at Cook Hill School where she was named Connecticut Teacher of the Year.

Erin Berthold, a first-grade teacher at Cook Hill School in Wallingford, has been named the 2018 Connecticut Teacher of the Year. The announcement took place this afternoon at Cook Hill School, where she has taught for the last 11 years.

“We are thrilled that Wallingford Education Association member Erin Berthold is the 2018 Connecticut Teacher of the Year,” said CEA President Sheila Cohen. “Erin will be a passionate and enthusiastic ambassador for the teaching profession. Her love for her students and her profession is infectious. She is always thinking up new ways to engage and motivate her students, and she excels at creating a positive learning environment to help her students soar. Erin recognizes that the key to engaging students in the classroom is drawing upon their imaginations, making connections, and fostering critical thinking.” Read more

CEA Seeking Injunction: Executive Order Violates State Law

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CEA Executive Director Donald Williams was interviewed by Channel 30 about the injunction CEA, Torrington, and Brooklyn are seeking against the state.

The Connecticut Education Association today announced it is seeking an injunction to prevent Governor Malloy from implementing his executive order and cutting $557 million in education funding to cities and towns. If allowed to proceed, these cuts would leave school budgets across the state out of balance. This would severely jeopardize school districts’ ability to provide quality education, thereby shortchanging Connecticut students’ futures. Read more

Talking to Children About Tragedy

The nation woke up this morning to the horrific news of the largest mass shooting in U.S. history during a concert in Las Vegas, Nevada. As the news streams in and images flash across screens, children can’t escape the disturbing scenes. Many will be scared and confused.

Click here for advice from NEA and the National Association of School Psychologists for talking to your students about violence and other national tragedies.

Celebrating Our Building Rep Superheroes!

Building reps are often a teacher’s first point of contact when questions arise—ranging from practical matters to sensitive subjects. They are their colleagues’ contract enforcer, organizer, and spokesperson.

A building rep’s job is vital, but it’s time-consuming, and often receives little thanks.

That’s why, here at CEA, we’re recognizing building reps around the state for their dedication to their colleagues and their willingness to devote time out of their busy schedules to this important job. Read more

Statement From CEA President Sheila Cohen on State Budget Veto

With today’s veto of the Republican budget, CEA is calling on legislators to convene immediately to create a real bipartisan budget that works for all of us and invests in public education.

Legislators have another opportunity to move Connecticut forward. A true bipartisan budget must eliminate inefficiencies in state programs and protect critical services; preserve the state’s strengths, including a high-quality education system; institute real tax reform that improves the reliability of the state’s revenue streams in line with the 21st century economy; close tax loopholes and unnecessary tax subsidies; and honor the rights of workers and families.

Legislators should not resurrect schemes that will hurt our students, our teachers, our families, and our communities.

CEA members will continue to oppose proposals that try to balance the budget on the backs of teachers and students. We will advocate for a fair budget that makes Connecticut a great place for families to live, work, and educate their children.

Governor Malloy Wrong on Teacher Tax

GovMalloyTone-DeafGovernor Malloy shocked teachers in Connecticut today when he refused to rule out supporting a Teacher Tax. He also misspoke when he said he had not heard from teachers regarding the Teacher Tax. In fact, he has already received more than 2,000 emails from Connecticut Education Association members who said they were against the Teacher Tax and urged him to veto the Republican budget.

Contact Governor Malloy now. Read more

Waterbury Teachers Welcome New Colleagues

CEA President Sheila Cohen (at right) and CEA Executive Director Don Williams spoke with Waterbury teachers at a recent social organized by the Waterbury Teachers Association.

More than 400 Waterbury teachers attended a new teacher social Friday, to welcome new colleagues to the district. The new teacher social is held every year as an ice breaker to introduce the district’s new educators to the Waterbury Teachers’ Association and its members.

“It brings everyone together and shows our unity and how we can support each other,” said Waterbury Teachers Association President Kevin Egan. “It’s all about camaraderie. Our members get to meet new colleagues and catch up with old friends, in a social, relaxing atmosphere.”

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Wallingford Teacher’s STEM Enrichment Program Receives $100,000 Grant

NEA Foundation President and CEO Harriet Sanford, Wallingford Education Association President Louis Faiella, CEA President Sheila Cohen, and Wallingford teacher Christopher Stone.

When Pond Hill Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Christopher Stone founded the CT STEM Academy in Wallingford in 2012, he got a big assist from his state teachers union. The Connecticut Education Association provided a two-year, $10,000 grant to launch his after-school enrichment program, which, over the last five years, has opened the eyes of more than 15,000 students and their families to STEM skills and careers.

Recently, Stone and his colleagues scored another big win for their students when AT&T made a $100,000 contribution to the NEA Foundation to continue supporting the STEM Academy.

“CEA gave us funding to really build our base,” said Stone, thanking CEA President Sheila Cohen and Wallingford Education Association President Louis Faiella for “entertaining my ideas that were really outside the box.” Read more

Setting the Record Straight on the Teacher Tax

A message from CEA President Sheila Cohen

Thank you for your advocacy and activism in fighting back against the teacher tax and the cost shift proposals. The Republican budget that passed the legislature contained a teacher tax, but no cost shift. However, the governor has said he will veto that plan, and that would mean legislators once again will be considering both issues to try to solve the budget deficit. We must stand strong and ready to fight back against both the cost shift and the teacher tax because they hurt students, teachers, and public education.

Because of your continued outreach and strong objections to the teacher tax, there is a lot of misinformation being shared by some legislators.

I want to be perfectly clear: THIS IS A TAX ON TEACHERS.

Here are the facts: Read more