Education Committee Co-Chairs Rep. Andrew Fleischmann and Senator Gayle Slossberg.
While the election of Donald Trump raises many questions about the future of public education, state Department of Education officials remained cautiously optimistic yesterday that the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) signed into law last year will allow Connecticut schools to move in a positive direction.
“This is truly a historic opportunity in public education,” Commissioner of Education Dianna Wentzell told members of the legislature’s Education Committee at an ESSA forum yesterday.
The State Department of Education (SDE) is in the process of getting input from a variety of stakeholders on how this largest of federal laws that governs public education will be implemented. The Education Committee is the latest group to offer its feedback. Read more
Teachers are making their voices heard—talking to legislators and offering input on implementation of new federal education law. CEA County Forums around the state offer teachers an opportunity to meet CEA-endorsed candidates for elected office and share important information about what is going on in their classrooms.
Watch what teachers and legislators are saying about the forums and why you should attend. Then click here to register for an upcoming forum.
It’s your opportunity to help improve education policy in Connecticut: Don’t miss out.
Litchfield teachers were the first to take part in a CEA County Forum this fall, and they had a lot to say about how the Every Students Succeeds Act should be implemented in Connecticut. Teachers’ input is invaluable in determining how the new law will impact our students and our profession.
Watch why Litchfield County teachers say you should attend a forum in your county. Register to attend a forum today.
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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
New draft regulations of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) were issued by the U.S. Department of Education in May. Educators, parents, and other community members have until August 1 to provide feedback.
Submit your comments today. Your feedback will inform NEA’s response to the Department of Education.
Now is our last chance to end the era of NCLB and make the new law work for our students and schools, because the draft regulations as proposed won’t get us there.
The new draft regulations don’t remove NCLB’s emphasis on testing. They state that “robust action”—read: punitive action—must be taken against schools that don’t test 95 percent of students. Read the full proposed regulations here.
Add your comments at nea.org.
Hundreds of teachers turned out for CEA regional meetings earlier this winter.
Join your colleagues at a CEA Regional Meeting in March to find out how the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) could change your work in the classroom.
ESSA gives Connecticut the opportunity to eliminate certain mandates regarding teacher evaluation, however policymakers must agree to modifications. The legislative session ends May 4—time is short!
Teachers can take action to end the harmful link between SBAC scores and teacher evaluation if we work together. Come share your views and concerns.
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CEA President Sheila Cohen and Executive Director Mark Waxenberg shared the Association’s plan to present new teacher evaluation guidelines with the Performance Evaluation Advisory Council at its meeting this morning.
CEA is proposing significant, concrete improvements to Connecticut’s teacher evaluation guidelines based on new opportunity in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that passed the U.S. Senate this morning.
At today’s Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC) meeting in Hartford, CEA President Sheila Cohen and CEA Executive Director Mark Waxenberg, who represent teachers on the council, announced the Association’s plan to refocus state education policy on student learning, not excessive testing.
Cohen said, “Given the numerous issues that continue to interfere with a successful educator evaluation system, teachers—together through CEA—feel it is important to act and take a leadership role in proposing new evaluation guidelines.” Read more
“We applaud Congress for getting the job done—passing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)—and doing what is right for students, teachers, and public education,” said CEA President Sheila Cohen. “ESSA represents a new beginning for students who have suffered too long under Connecticut’s failed policies of top-down reform and a broken system where excessive test prep and standardized testing rules the classroom.”
The U.S. Senate today passed ESSA after it passed the House last week. President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law tomorrow. Read CEA’s news release here.
“ESSA gives students new opportunities, support, tools, and time to learn,” said Cohen.
The bipartisan bill reauthorizes the federal education law known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The most recent version of ESEA, known as No Child Left Behind, was signed into law by President Bush in 2002. Read more