The Connecticut Education Association (CEA) announced their support for Chris Murphy today. The CEA has a membership of over 41,000 K-12 teachers in Connecticut public schools as well as retired teachers and college students preparing to become teachers.
“Chris understands the need to ensure all children have access to a high-quality education, so that our state can have a globally competitive, 21st century workforce,” said CEA President Phil Apruzzese. “It’s why he has fought for programs to have young children enter school ready to learn. It’s why he’s been an ardent advocate for federal resources for public schools. And it’s why he recognizes the need for NCLB reforms.”
“I’m humbled to receive the support of the CEA today,” said Murphy.“ Our children deserve an education system that prepares them to compete in the global economy and right here in Connecticut. To achieve this goal, it’s critical that we have a strong federal and state commitment to support the work of thousands of teachers and parents in our communities who make it their daily mission to educate the next generation. I promise to be an unwavering voice for them and for all of Connecticut in the U.S. Senate.”
CEA President Apruzzese added, “Bottom line, our students and our public schools need a leader like Chris Murphy in the Senate, and we’re confident he will deliver on that expectation.”
The CEA endorsement announced today is the result of a multifaceted process. The endorsement follows a recommendation by CEA’s Political Action Committee followed by a vote the CEA Board of Directors.
Since April 1st, Murphy has been endorsed by four statewide labor organizations representing 20,000 workers – the United Auto Workers, the Connecticut Firefighters, the Connecticut Building Trades, and the Connecticut Laborers.
Murphy has also been endorsed by over 5,000 Democratic leaders and progressive activists from across Connecticut.