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Comments on GOP Legislators' Alternative State Budget

Melodie Peters, president of AFT Connecticut, made the following remarks in response to state budget proposals announced today by Republican legislative leaders:
 

"Fast Tack:" Bad for Our Economy

The so-called "Fast Tack" bill on trade promotion authority introduced last week in the U.S. Senate will hurt everyday working people and stack the deck in favor of corporations. The legislation threatens to limit the ability of labor unions, environmental advocates, and all Americans to have meaningful input on our nation’s trade policy.
 
Click here to tell Congress to stop Fast Tack.
 

Comments on Permanent Commissioner Selected to Lead CT's Ed. Dept.

Melodie Peters, president of AFT Connecticut, made the following remarks on today's appointment by the Malloy-Wyman Administration of Dianna Roberge-Wentzell to lead the State Department of Education (SDE):
 

Bipartisan ESEA Bill: A Step Forward

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization proposal announced this week shows that, even in the current climate, it's possible to find common ground by listening to teachers, parents and other voices in education. U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) -- the chair and the ranking member, respectively, of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee -- on Tuesday unveiled a bipartisan bill reauthorizing the law, known in its current form as No Child Left Behind (NCLB).
 
Click here for a bill summary from the HELP Committee.
 
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