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Reading Bus Brings the Joy of Reading Home to Connecticut Students

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Fourth-grade teacher Tracy Doyle (far left) says CEF’s Reading Bus Tour is a great way of getting students to keep reading.

“This motivates me to read more,” said Dayana Yanes, aboard a big blue bus parked outside Mayberry Elementary School this morning.

The East Hartford fourth-grader was one of dozens of students at her school who boarded the colorful Read Across America bus to hear You Will Change the World One Day, June Peters’ story of a ten-year-old girl whose heart leads her to help a stranger, and then an entire community. The guest reader was Tom Nicholas, president of the Connecticut Education Foundation, the nonprofit arm of the Connecticut Education Association. CEF sponsors the literacy extravaganza with partners iHeartRadio and the National Education Association.

“It was a really nice story that teaches us to be kind to each other,” said Dayana, who herself reads to a younger sibling at home. “And the bus is great!”

The customized, 38-foot schoolbus—decorated with Dr. Seuss characters and outfitted with bookshelves, benches, carpeting, and hundreds of new books—is the centerpiece of CEF’s annual Read Across America Reading Bus Tour. The third annual bus tour rolls into eight eastern Connecticut schools in five towns this year to bring the joy of reading to hundreds of students in urban, suburban, and rural districts. Read more

East Hartford Teachers Make National Headlines

East Hartford Education Association President Annie Irvine rallied students, teachers, and community members yesterday in East Hartford,

The East Hartford community had an important message for Betsy DeVos yesterday, and the media at both the state and national levels took note.

Check out some of the great news coverage of the East Hartford rally:

And click here for photos from the rally.

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.

East Hartford Stands Strong for Public Education

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CEA President Sheila Cohen spoke this morning surrounded by East Hartford students, teachers, and parents.

“DeVos Wrong, East Hartford Strong!” That was the chant from more than 200 teachers, paraprofessionals, students, parents, and community members gathered on the front lawn of East Hartford High School this morning. The East Hartford community came together to protest remarks made by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos last week criticizing the East Hartford Public School System despite never having set foot in any of the district’s schools.

Emceeing the protest was Dr. John A. Langford Elementary School third-grade teacher and East Hartford Education Association President Annie Irvine, who said she was overwhelmed by the community response and grateful for the opportunity to “stand together and tell our collective story.” Irvine noted, “Mrs. DeVos has pointed out that she has no idea about the learning happening in our classrooms in East Hartford and across the country.” Read more