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Holding Charter Management Companies Accountable

AFT supports a reform plan released today by open government advocacy groups In the Public Interest (ITPI) and The Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) that would ensure charter schools fulfill their role in education as originally envisioned. The proposed "Charter School Accountability Agenda" also supports AFT Connecticut's current advocacy efforts to strengthen our state's laws governing schools operated by outside management companies with public tax dollars.
 
Click here for a presentation on the national proposal.
 

Career Technical Education: Leading by Example

Excellent career and technical education (CTE) programs are an irreplaceable bridge from high school to productive middle-class lives for many students, and Congress must recognize that fact by placing excellent CTE at the heart of its overall strategy for schools. That is the message an AFT Connecticut union leader delivered last week to a U.S. Senate panel in Washington, D.C.
 

The Federal Government, Equity and Civil Rights

AFT and the Albert Shanker Institute last week sponsored a conversation in Washington, D.C. about the stakes involved in reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). There panelists discussed what it will mean for the millions of students who look to their schools for a fair shake and a chance to reach their dreams.
 
Click here to watch the "ESEA at 50" forum's introduction.
 

Renewing the Call to Reduce High-Stakes Tests

Our allies in the Connecticut Education Association (CEA) today announced a proposal that builds on long-running, collaborative efforts to lessen the burden of tests on students in our state's schools. At a press conference an ad campaign and petition drive were launched with the goal of urging lawmakers to take action during the 2015 legislative session to reduce excessive testing.
 
Click here to add your name to the online petition.
 
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