Matt Lesser

State Senator

Matt Lesser

Deputy Majority Leader

Your Independent Voice

October 12, 2023


HARTFORD, CT – Today, State Senator Matt Lesser (D-Middletown) announced that he received an “A” grade from the Connecticut Education Association in its newly-released Legislator Report Cards for the 2023 legislative session. The CEA previously released these report cards every other year; 2023 is the first time the organization is issuing them annually, noting legislators’ support of policies supporting education strength and enhancing the teaching profession.

According to the CEA, any legislator who scored an “A” proposed or co-sponsored bills positively impacting students, teachers and public education, advocated for bills supporting those priorities and discussed pressing educational issues.

“I am committed to strengthening our public education system and ensuring that it meets the needs of all kids,” Senator Lesser said. “I was pleased we were able to increase funding for public schools across our district this year by millions of dollars, enacting policies to lift students up and close the achievement gap, supporting the social and emotional needs of Connecticut students as well as beating back attacks on our public schools.”

The CEA reported that Sen. Lesser’s score was due to support of policies including supporting teacher recruitment and retention; addressing challenging student behavior and working to make classrooms safer; improving indoor air quality in schools; support for play-based learning; the state budget, which provided significant school funding through education cost sharing; allowing for kindergarten start age waivers; providing tuition assistance for some educators; and aiding the formation of a special education task force designed to examine case loads, among others.