Norwalk Public Schools

Working Together to Protect Retirement Security

A small group of leaders representing several public sector unions in mid January sat down with Governor Ned Lamont and members of his new administration. The purpose of the informal meeting was to explore potential efforts to further safeguard pensions for state employees and shore up retirement funding for teachers. The discussion followed Lamont's frequent assertions last year as a candidate to treat working people — particularly, union members — in Connecticut with "fairness, dignity and respect."
 

"U & I in Union:" Organizing the Strength to "Survive"

Connecticut’s public education workforce in this present era of persistent austerity budget policies has become accustomed to a certain degree of employment instability. In response, the labor movement has in recent years increased our collective focus on protecting jobs that were once considered resilient to economic downturns. In this latest example of the "union difference," we’re sharing the story of school support personnel mobilizing to defend against a massive wave of layoffs in their district.
 

Resisting Discriminatory Policies Targeting Teachers

Union members' advocacy over the past six weeks succeeded in blocking several proposed budgetary policies threatening harm to students in schools across the state. Still, the compromise package passed last week by lawmakers contains two provisions unfairly singling out Connecticut's hard-working educators. To reverse the damage in 2018, teachers will need to double-down on both member and political engagement during what will be a critical year to be "all in."
 

Professional Learning Grants to Benefit Educators and their Students

This year's Fund for Teachers (FFT) grants were announced earlier this month and 118 Nutmeggers were selected to embark on self-designed professional learning odysseys this summer. 2016 "Fellows" from our state are set to receive $475,000 in total funding and represent 37 districts, 76 individual schools and include members of seven AFT Connecticut-affiliated unions.
 

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.
 

Spotlight: PreK-12 School Teachers

Today is World Teachers' Day, a global initiative to show appreciation for hardworking educators and raise public awareness of the many challenges facing the profession. It's also an opportunity to spotlight a few of our many union members in Connecticut who epitomize the slogan of this year's effort: "empowering teachers, building sustainable societies."
 
Click here for press coverage of World Teachers' Day.
 

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.
 

Our Members Earn National Honors

Four of our state's public schools -- including two where AFT Connecticut members work -- have been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2014. We offer our heartiest congratulations to all the educators and support personnel in Norwalk’s Thomas Jefferson Magnet School and Portland's Middle School for earning this extraordinary honor.
 
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