“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.
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
Surprising 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
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
U.S. Secretary of Education John King told educators gathered at Central CT State University that “there’s tremendous work we need to do in equity.”
Students in Connecticut’s poorest schools are four times as likely to be taught by a core academic teacher who is not highly qualified. Compared with the state’s wealthiest schools, in the poorest schools there are also twice as many teachers who have been in the classroom for less than five years.
Ensuring access to experienced, highly qualified educators for all Connecticut students is a priority for all of the educators and district personnel who attended an Equity Lab at Central Connecticut State University yesterday.
The event drew participants from eight of Connecticut’s poorest districts to develop action plans for how to better recruit and retain highly qualified teachers and administrators.
“There’s tremendous work we need to do in equity,” said U.S. Secretary of Education John King who visited the Equity Lab on the last leg of his “Opportunities Across America” Tour. King said that nationwide only eighteen percent of educators are people of color.
Teachers have been disappointed and frustrated, though not surprised, by President-elect Trump’s nomination of Betsy DeVos for U.S. secretary of education. With this nomination, the nation is entering dangerous, uncharted territory.
NEA, in partnership with AFT, has organized a call to action so that you can share your concerns.
Add your name to join with educators, parents, students, and all public education supporters to say: These are our values, and I demand that our secretary of education and every elected official respect and uphold this vision for high-quality public schools for every single student.
Read the letter, then add your name: Commit to student success.