Join us as we celebrate this national day of action with our Breathe Better: Healthy Schools Forum.
WHO: Connecticut Foundation for Environmentally Safe Schools (ConnFESS), CEA, CT Coalition for Healthy Air in Schools WHAT: Breathing Better: Healthy Schools Forum WHERE: Legislative Office Building, Hearing Room 1C WHEN: Tuesday, April 4th, 2023, 11 am
We will also be commemorating the 20th anniversary of Connecticut’s landmark 2003 School IAQ law and discussing opportunities for continued advocacy. We hope you will join us for this informative program. Click HERE to Register Today!
The forum is sponsored by The Connecticut Foundation for Environmentally Safe Schools (ConnFESS), CEA, AFL-CIO, AFT Connecticut, CCAG, ConnectiCOSH, and the national Healthy Schools Network.
We hope you’ll join us and share this flyer with your members!
Join us to fight for school equity!
Connecticut's broken education funding system is failing too many children.
In New York, the Alliance for Quality Education (AQE) has made real gains in improving funding to schools and advancing equity in education. Join us Tuesday, November 22, for a Zoom presentation by Rosemary Rivera of AQE. We will strategize with other Connecticut leaders about how we can work together for a more equitable funding system and better outcomes for our kids! This event is co-sponsored by Recovery for All. Click here to register.
2022 Legislative Education Equity Victories
SIGNIFICANT VICTORIES!SB 1, SB 2 and 5001 collectively address behavioral and mental health in schools with more funding and important new standards for school social workers and other needed resources. Elements include requiring districts to conduct student trauma needs assessments (which will help identify needed resources); requiring certain health plans to cover two mental health wellness examinations per year without a requirement for prior authorization; creation of a grant program to provide for student mental health specialists; grants for hiring and retaining additional school social workers, school psychologists, school counselors, or school nurses; school-based health center expansions; minority teacher recruitment scholarships; expansion of preschool and mental health and behavioral services; requiring Boards of Education to establish policies limiting the withholding of recess as a form of student discipline; and establishing an annual student mental health day (May 26) “Get Outside and Play for Children’s Mental Health Day.” CCAG Special Projects Coordinator Liz Dupont-Diehl’s Testimony is here. CCAG Organizer Mykah Knight’s Testimony is here. These bills are included in Public Acts 22-80, 22-81, and 22-47.
PROGRESS: SB 274 AAC MINORITY TEACHER RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION, was a study bill that made it out of committee. We will continue to work with allies on this critical issue.
PARTIAL VICTORY - SB 423AA IMPROVING INDOOR AIR QUALITY IN PUBLIC SCHOOL CLASSROOM, would require local and regional boards of education to maintain healthy indoor air quality in their schools. It passed out of committee. CCAG Organizer Mykah Knight’s Testimony is here.Language from the bill is included in the budget as an ongoing grant program, with funding for the first year, but not in the school construction bond program, which would have been preferable. Still it is progress and we will work to strengthen it. Many thanks to CEA for its work creating and leading a coalition to fight for this.
Education Equity & The American Rescue Plan
What does Education Equity look like for you, your family and your community?
With over $1.1 billion being sent to Connecticut schools from the federal government, our communities have an unprecedented opportunity to build back our schools better than ever!
The state of Connecticut is required to provide "meaningful consultation" with school communities, stakeholders and the public." Will you help us with this process?
We are interested in hearing how you would like these resources to be used in your community. Please visit https://bit.ly/ccagEEsurvey to take the survey.