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Re-imagining High School for the 21st Century

The administration of President Barack Obama last week convened a first-ever “Summit on Next Generation High Schools,” bringing educators, administrators, policymakers and other stakeholders together from across the nation. Our AFT Connecticut president was among the union leaders to attend the event, which was designed to highlight best practices in recent efforts to prepare students for post-graduation success.
Click here for a White House fact sheet on the summit.

Spotlight: Hospital Radiologic Technologists

It is often said that doctors can't prescribe a cure if they don't know what the ailment is. In acute care settings a correct diagnosis frequently relies on the important work of radiologic technologists -- or "rad techs." During the annual recognition of these vital hands-on healers, we are spotlighting union members who produce the medical imagery allowing physicians to "discover the inside story" of their patients.
Click here for commentary on the value of rad techs.

Better Choices than Suspending Young Students

The question of appropriate, effective responses for student misbehavior was the thorny issue addressed last week when AFT and the Albert Shanker Institute brought together a distinguished panel of experts. The goal was a conversation about positive alternatives to suspensions or expulsions in early childhood education (ECE) -- approaches that have been shown to be age-inappropriate and highly ineffective.
Click here to watch video of the full forum.

Danbury Hospital Leadership Indicted on Charges of "Restraining, Coercing" Caregivers

Danbury - Service, maintenance, environmental workers and nursing assistants at Danbury and New Milford Hospitals are reacting to a complaint issued in response to charges their employer violated federal labor laws. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Thursday scheduled hearings over illegal practices conducted by Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) managers and consultants against the group of approximately 800 employees. The board's complaint cites violations that were part of a coordinated campaign by the non-profit's top executives to subvert their healthcare workers' legal rights to form a union.
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