Reimagining School Finance in Connecticut
"As we defined our values, we never lost focus of our main goal—putting students first."
Patty Ovalles, bilingual kindergarten teacher, Strong 21st Century Communications Magnet School and Laboratory, New Haven Public Schools
We are a teacher-led nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that the voices of Connecticut classroom teachers are included in the decisions that impact our profession and our students.
We help connect teachers from across our state with policy stakeholders in order to bridge the gap between those who make policy and those who implement it. We also provide news and research about current education policies and practices to teachers through a weekly newsletter, our blog and website. E4E–CT teachers take action by advocating for teacher leadership and collaboration in their schools and pushing for policies informed by teacher-created recommendations at the district and state levels.
An E4E-CT Teacher Policy Team is composed of 15-20 teachers interested in writing and advocating on an issue affecting the teacher profession and student outcomes in their district.
These teams of teachers spend weeks researching, sharing their expertise, and writing recommendations grounded in their classroom experience on their chosen education issue. The team members then work with fellow teachers to discuss, refine and advocate for these recommendations. E4E-CT Teacher Policy Teams have worked to improve school climate and discipline in New Haven, to support unique student populations in Hartford, and to enrich professional development in Bridgeport.
E4E-CT staff convened over a dozen focus groups with classroom teachers from public schools across the state to gauge the importance of school finance as a policy issue. School finance emerged as one of the most critical issues in those conversations. Fifteen teachers from across our state who are deeply committed to improving school funding in our state worked together on the 2016 E4E-CT Teacher Policy Team on School Finance.
“Parents, teachers, citizens, students should all care about the issues surrounding Connecticut school funding because it impacts all of us across the state...This is impacting our future."
Cindy J. Cadet, children's author, community partner and parent advocate
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