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Comments on Meriden Teachers Union Leader Appointed to State Board of Education

Melodie Peters, president of AFT Connecticut, made the following remarks on today's appointment of Meriden Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 1478 President Erin Benham to the Connecticut State Board of Education (SBOE):
 
 

US Education Chief's Remarks on Testing are a "Good Step, If Not Just Words"

Washington, D.C. - Today in a back-to-school event that included a panel with teachers who are members of AFT-affiliated unions, U.S. Secretary of Arne Duncan thanked educators for their dedication. He also formally announced that states can take an extra year before they have to integrate test scores into their teacher evaluation systems - action that AFT President Randi Weingarten called for more than a year ago.
 

Comments on Resignation of Connecticut Education Department Chief

Melodie Peters, president of AFT Connecticut, made the following remarks on the announcement today by the Malloy-Wyman Administration that the State Department of Education's commissioner would not serve a second term:
 
 

Report Wrongly Discounts Role of Support Staff in Schools

AFT is challenging the assumptions of a new report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute on school support staff, which suggests that the increase in the number of these employees is "adding more hands, but not necessarily more value."
 
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