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DeVos’ School Safety Plan Ignores Schools’ Real Needs

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ Federal Commission on School Safety was supposed to address gun violence in our schools and recommend ways schools can keep students safe. Instead, the commission yesterday released a report that recommends pressuring educators to possess dangerous firearms in our schools and stripping students’ of civil rights protections, which seek to prevent racial disparities in student discipline.

While the report does not require educators to be armed, it encourages schools “to seriously consider partnering with local law enforcement in the training and arming of school personnel.”

“Connecticut teachers do not want to be armed,” said CEA President Jeff Leake. “Stockpiling guns will not make our schools safer—violence begets violence.” Read more

CEA, Other Educators Join Chris Murphy in Saying No to Arming Teachers

CEA joined U.S. Senator Chris Murphy and other Connecticut leaders in education at a news conference calling on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to abandon plans that would allow the use of federal funds to...

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What Teachers Need to Know About the Janus Decision

In its decision in Janus vs. AFSCME, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down nearly four decades of precedent and legal protections. The Janus decision attempts to suppress teachers from speaking out for the needs of their students, public education, and their profession.

Those who are behind Janus have sought to weaken the teachers union, eliminate pensions, cut teacher salaries and benefits, and privatize public schools.

Groups like the Mackinac Center in Michigan are already trying to spread their misinformation in Connecticut. Who funds the Mackinac Center? Betsy DeVos, the Koch brothers, and corporate special interests.

Find out the truth about those who are behind the Janus decision and their real goal in urging teachers to leave their union.

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.

School Funding, DeVos & More: CEA Leaders Speaking Out on the Air

CEA Executive Director Mark Waxenberg (at right) was interviewed by CT Radio Network's Steve Kotchko for a spot that aired Sunday morning on several radio stations.

CEA Executive Director Mark Waxenberg (at right) was interviewed by CT Radio Network’s Steve Kotchko for a spot that aired Sunday morning on several CT radio stations.

CEA leaders are speaking out about the governor’s budget proposal, the need for the state to invest in all public schools, Betsy DeVos, and more.

During a recent appearance on WDRC AM, CEA Executive Director Mark Waxenberg told Brad Davis that the governor’s proposal to foist one-third of teacher pension costs onto towns and cities would have unintended, long-term consequences on our next generation of students. Read more

Statement from CEA President Sheila Cohen on Senate Approval of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education

devos-cartoonWe thank all our teachers, parents, and the public for their tireless efforts—the rallies, the flood of phone calls, and the deluge of emails—in opposition to Betsy DeVos as secretary of education.

While the odds were not in our favor and we are certainly disappointed with the outcome, we succeeded in raising the level of public opposition to DeVos and her anti-public education schemes to new heights. Read more

Senators Murphy and Blumenthal to Vote ‘No’ on DeVos Confirmation

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy talked with a room full of teachers on Friday about his opposition to Betsy DeVos' nomination.

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy talked with a room full of teachers on Friday about his opposition to Betsy DeVos’ nomination.

Teachers have been calling and emailing their senators in unprecedented numbers, and those senators are taking notice.

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy told the more than 100 teachers who joined him in New Haven Friday afternoon that his office has received an incredible 13,000 calls in opposition to Betsy DeVos’ nomination for U.S. Secretary of Education.

“Teachers are known for being great listeners,” said one educator in the crowd. “But we feel like there’s a nominee for Secretary of Education who’s not listening.” Read more

Teachers Continue Push Against DeVos on Last Day Before Committee Vote

North Haven High School teacher Tom Marak talked with Senator Richard Blumenthal about his oppostion to DeVos' nomination today.

North Haven High School teacher Tom Marak and Senator Richard Blumenthal talked about their opposition to DeVos’ nomination as education secretary today.

Odds may not be in their favor, but teachers are continuing to stand strong against the nomination of Betsy Devos for U.S. secretary of education. The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee is scheduled to vote tomorrow morning on DeVos’ nomination, and yesterday teachers held rallies in cities around the country urging senators to vote no.

Today in Hartford, North Haven teacher and local Association president Tom Marak met with Senator Richard Blumenthal and explained why he thinks DeVos is the wrong choice to head the department of education. Read more

President Trump Says Education System Leaves Students ‘Deprived of All Knowledge’

trump-at-inaugurationSurprising many education observers, President Donald Trump mentioned public schools during his inaugural address today—but not in a way that pleased students, parents, or teachers.

Saying that “Americans want great schools for their children,” Trump went on to describe the nation’s current education system as one “flush with cash but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge.”

“Flush with cash” is not the way most parents and teachers would describe their local schools. Read more

Tell Your Senators: Confirmation Hearing Proves DeVos Lacks Experience, Knowledge


Betsy DeVos, President-Elect Trump’s nominee for secretary of education, appeared before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee January 17, 2017.

Will Trump’s pick for secretary of education keep public schools public and maintain education funding? Betsy DeVos wasn’t willing to make any promises when questioned by the ranking Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee during her confirmation hearing last night.

“Can you commit that you will not work to privatize public schools or cut a single penny for public education?” Washington Senator Patty Murray asked. Read more