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CEA Members Discuss Ways to Enhance Equity for Students

State Department of Education Deputy Commissioner Charlene Russell-Tucker.

Issues of equity are top of mind right now for educators watching the news and listening to their students’ worries and concern, and an online forum hosted by CEA’s Ethnic Minority Affairs Commission (EMAC) Tuesday gave teachers an opportunity to come together and discuss what was on their minds. 

“There is no doubt in anyone’s mind given the last months, let alone the last week, that equity does not exist in our Connecticut education system. We need to do something to change that,” said CEA President Jeff Leake.

“We can’t map out the entire route to equity today, but we will start that journey,” he continued. “This is about listening to all of you—we want your input.”

“We want to identify strategies, policies, and ideas to put Connecticut on the road to enhancing equity for all students,” said CEA EMAC Chair Sean Mosley, a Waterbury teacher. “Equity means giving all of our students the best shot at hitting a grand slam when it comes to educational achievement, no matter their ZIP code. We’ve seen the lack of consistent, effective models of distance learning in our districts and the lack of technology.”

The forum gave more than 250 CEA members a chance to hear from State Department of Education Deputy Commissioner Charlene Russell-Tucker before moving into virtual breakout rooms for small group conversations. Read more

Share Your Views: The Road to School Equity After COVID-19

The move to distance learning has exposed huge inequities among our school districts and often between students in the same district. Some students don’t have laptops or Internet service. Others face food insecurity or issues related to health and safety.

Teachers are invited to join a special CEA online forum, The Road to School Equity After COVID-19, to share how the pandemic has magnified inequities and focus on identifying strategies, policies, and ideas to put Connecticut on the road to enhancing equity for all students.

Forum: The Road to School Equity After COVID-19
Tuesday, June 2, 4:00 – 5:15 p.m.
Register for the online forum

The interactive forum will feature State Department of Education Deputy Commissioner Charlene Russell-Tucker, who will listen to your concerns regarding equity issues and will use that input to help inform decisions regarding reopening schools.

Forum attendees will also break into smaller groups led by teacher leaders for further discussions and ideas to enhance equity as we reopen schools.

Help Improve CT Education Policies: Come to a CEA Forum This October

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An unprecedented Superior Court decision has sent shockwaves across the education community in Connecticut. Meanwhile, the long arm of the federal government is reaching into schools with the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). There has never been a more pressing time for teachers to band together and speak out to influence once-in-a-generation judicial, legislative, and regulatory issues.

That’s why CEA is hosting County Forums around the state this October. Attend to

  • Learn the latest on how CCJEF and ESSA would impact our classrooms.
  • Speak out for our students and our profession.
  • Meet with legislators to share our concerns.

Register to attend a forum. Read more