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3 Things to Know from CEA Meeting With DCF Commissioner

1. DCF Is Dedicated to Improving Relationships with Teachers

Monday night marked the start of a promising new relationship between Connecticut educators and the Department of Children and Families (DCF) as DCF Commissioner Vannessa Dorantes and several of her key staff members joined CEA members at the Sheraton in Rocky Hill for a conversation about teachers’ concerns.

Manchester Education Association President Kate Dias asks a question of DCF Commissioner Vannessa Dorantes, Deputy Commissioner Michael Williams, Superintendent of U.S.D. 2 Martin Folan, and Assistant Legal Director Charlotte Shea at Monday’s CEA meeting.

“We’re here and listening, and we’re dedicated to improving our partnership,” Dorantes told teachers.

Dorantes, a social worker and 27-year DCF employee, was appointed commissioner of the department in January of this year by Governor Lamont.

CEA Legal Counsel Adrienne DeLucca told CEA members that she and CEA Legal Counsels Melanie Kolek and Rebecca Mitchell saw Dorantes’ appointment as a new day and new opportunity to open a dialogue with DCF to resolve ongoing issues educators have been experiencing. Read more