Connecticut Technical High School System

Member Spotlight: CTE Teachers as Advocates

State employees who provide their students with secondary career and technical education (CTE) are stepping up and speaking out to protect and preserve the vital services they provide. We're spotlighting union members who have been engaged in advocacy efforts at the State Capitol during the month set aside to highlight CTE educators' and graduates' achievements and accomplishments.
 
 

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.
 

Teachers, Nurses, and Public Service Professionals Back Tina Manus for Stratford Town Council

Rocky Hill - Citing her commitment to working families' issues, members of the nearly 30,000-strong AFT Connecticut are supporting Tina Manus to serve as the District 10 representative on Stratford's town council. The labor federation's executive committee voted to add Manus to its slate of endorsed municipal candidates for the November 3 General Election, and earlier this month informed active and retired members of its affiliated local unions.
 

"Green Cleaning" for Safer Schools

The state's environmental protection and public health agencies have teamed-up to create a tool to help educators reduce their students' exposure to dangerous chemicals and toxins in our schools. A new video campaign, "Wastebusters," was last month launched to debunk green cleaning "myths" and help teachers, school support staff, administrators, and parents avoid using hazardous cleaners, sanitizers or disinfectants.
 
Click here for the first "Wastebusters" video.
 

New Leadership to Carry On "Solution Driven Unionism"

Rocky Hill - New officers chosen to serve AFT Connecticut through 2017 have taken office and recommitted the statewide labor organization's ongoing community engagement, worker organizing, collective bargaining and political activism efforts. Delegates representing affiliated local unions in May elected the federation's president, executive vice president, first vice president, secretary/treasurer and 22 vice presidents for two-year terms effective today.
 

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.
 

Vice-President Speaks at First Summit on Career and Technical Education

Career and technical education and workforce development create multiple pathways to high school and higher education graduation, real-world job skills and economic prosperity, speakers including Vice President Joe Biden said yesterday at the first Career and Technical Education/Workforce Development Summit. The event was co-hosted by the The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the AFL-CIO, the umbrella federation for U.S. unions.
 
Click here to watch a brief video with highlights of the vice-president's remarks.
 

Turning Up the Heat to "Reclaim the Planet"

The sense of doom that motivated an estimated 310,000 people to converge on the Upper West Side of New York City on Sunday for the People's Climate March did not dampen their hope and optimism for a vision of a green future. Swelling the crowd were hundreds of AFT members and thousands of trade unionists from the more than 70 labor organizations that were co-sponsors of the day's events.
 
Click here to watch a brief video on the historic event.
 

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.
 
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