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Norwalk Literacy Program Wins Wide Acclaim

A program to help parents foster literacy and numeracy skills in PreK-2 students earlier this month debuted a new module in the auditorium of a Norwalk elementary school. The event left no doubt that this educator-designed training has won solid support throughout the community and done it in less than a year.
 
Click here for press coverage of the event.
 

Labor History Lesson: Coxey's Army

The first "march on Washington" is the subject of AFT Connecticut Secretary-Treasurer Ed Leavy's latest "Vocational Instructor" labor labor history column. He details events that took place a full seven decades before Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech -- and which still resonate today.
 
The words the march's leader planned to deliver -- "the rich have been growing richer, the poor poorer, and that by the close of the present century the middle class will have disappeared" -- ring true 121 years later:
 

Educators' Voices Heard on ESEA Reauthorization

From grass-roots lobbying on Capitol Hill to a national telephone town hall to in-district meetings with elected officials, AFT members from across the country have focused on the all-important reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). AFT Connecticut-affiliated union members last week traveled to Washington, DC and met with U.S. Senator Chris Murphy in New Haven to press for a return to the original mission of the keystone federal law for K-12 education: equity.
 
Click here for photos of the meeting with Sen. Murphy.
 

Is There a Public Sector Retirement Crisis?

A panel of nationally known experts on pensions -- particularly, on retirement plans for public employees -- gathered this week at AFT's national headquarters to debate the question of whether there is a pension crisis in the country. The event was the latest installment in the Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education Conversation Series, sponsored by the AFT and the Albert Shanker Institute.
 
Click here to watch the introduction to the March 11 event.
 
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