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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.

Labor History Lesson: "The Lone Fighter"

In his latest post, AFT Connecticut Secretary-Treasurer Ed Leavy tells the story of a rank-and-file member who took enormous risks to restore his union to its roots. This labor history column from the February edition of the "Vocational Instructor" is a both a look back to the labor movement's past and a look ahead to our future. 
As Ed says, the men involved in the rise of the New York Building Trades Council may be lost to history, "but the struggle for the soul of unions remains:"
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