AFT Local 2221

Spotlight: Supporting Students' Educational Opportunities

Paraprofessionals and school-related personnel (PSRPs) represent approximately 40 percent of the staff in our nation's public schools and play a vital role in reclaiming the promise of a great education. We're spotlighting union members who are "the engines keeping public schools running" at the same time that they are recognized nationally for the positive impact they have on students' lives.
 

Spotlight: Classroom Paraprofessionals

Leaders from several AFT Connecticut-affiliated unions representing hard-working school paraeducators in districts across the state this weekend are joining with their colleagues from throughout the country. They gathered in Las Vegas for our national union's professional issues conference for paras and school-related personnel (PSRP), which this year coincides with national Paraprofessional Appreciation Day on April 2.
 

Legislation Recognizing Paraprofessionals' Vital Role Advances

Paraeducators in Connecticut are applauding yesterday's bipartisan vote in the General Assembly's Education Committee in support of House Bill 5305, An Act Concerning School Paraprofessional Training. The proposed legislation would require school districts to provide at least one day of paid training and to paraprofessionals prior to the start of the school year. 
 
Click here for the bill's language.
 

AFT President to Tour MLK Jr. Elementary School, Hold Media Briefing

Washington - American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten will tour Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School on Thursday and hold a media availability after the visit. Joining her will be Hartford Federation of Teachers President Andrea Johnson, Hartford Federation of Paraprofessionals Co-Presidents Shellye Davis and Jackie Aviles and Connecticut Department of Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell.
 

Top Honors for a Deserving Paraprofessional

Veteran educator Denise Seel on Monday was named Connecticut's 2016 Anne Marie Murphy Paraeducator of the Year at the school in Hartford where she has worked for 13 years. Attending the event were the lieutenant governor, the commissioner of the State Department of Education (SDE), district officials and Seel's colleagues from both AFT Connecticut-affiliated local unions representing school employees.
 
Click here for press coverage of the announcement.
 

AFT Organizes First Forum on Racial Justice

Public school and college support staff union leaders from around the country earlier this month gathered to engage in a formative discussion on how to close the opportunity gap for American men and boys of color. The town hall-style event in Orlando was attended by members of AFT's national Paraprofessionals & School-Related Personnel (PSRP) Program and Policy Council (PPC), which includes local leaders from Connecticut.
 

Back to School and Working Together for Progress

As AFT Connecticut's elected leaders, we would like to welcome back our member educators from a much-deserved break and offer our best wishes for a smooth and successful school year. And to our retired teachers, we would like to once again express our appreciation for service in the classroom and our hope for continued involvement in our union.
 
We intend to stay in touch and keep you informed of significant developments in public education policy, as we did throughout the last school year and over the summer.
 

Celebrating Paraprofessional Appreciation Day

Governor Dannel P. Malloy today signed a proclamation recognizing Connecticut’s public school paraeducators in honor of the day set aside to celebrate their vital role in student learning. Members of local AFT unions in our Paraprofessionals and School-Related Personnel (PSRP) Council were invited to attend the celebration and hear the governor say, "I support you."
 
Click here to see photos of the celebration with the governor.
 

Tell the Hartford BOE: Vote No on TFA's Costly Finders Fee

Hartford's Board of Education is expected to vote Monday night on whether to renew a recruiting contract with Teach for America (TFA) worth nearly three quarters of a million dollars. 
 
Is this really the best use of the city's limited education resources?
 

Hartford Community Leaders Rally on MLK Day to Announce "Community Bill of Rights"

On Monday, January 20th, 2014, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Hartford community leaders, activists, and parents of Hartford public school students, rallied outside J.C. Clark Elementary and Middle School in Hartford's north end. There, they highlighted Rev. King’s legacy, especially his "Poor People's Campaign," and announced their efforts to develop and adopt a "Community Bill of Rights." The social compact will seek to address the city’s high unemployment, disparities in civil rights, income inequality, and lack of a quality public education for all its students.
 
Click here to view a video of highlights from the event.
 
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