Hartford Federation of Teachers

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.
 

Teachers, Public Service, Healthcare Professionals Back Coleman's Re-Election to State Senate

Rocky Hill - Citing his record of advocacy and service in the General Assembly, members of the 29,000-strong AFT Connecticut are supporting the re-election of State Senator Eric D. Coleman. The labor federation's local union affiliate representing Hartford Public Schools' teachers and support personnel is also formally backing the Second Senate District incumbent's candidacy in the August 12th Primary Election.
 

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.
 

Community to Hartford Officials: "Our School is Being Snatched from Us"

Hartford - Parents of students at John C. Clark, Jr. Elementary and Middle School were joined last night by supporters for a press conference on the threatened take-over of their community school. The event was organized by members of the school’s Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) and School Governance Council (SGC) ahead of a Hartford Board of Education meeting on the "redesign" of district schools. The parents announced their opposition to the superintendent’s proposal to phase-in control by an outside charter operator of the Clark School beginning next year, to be completed by 2016.
 
 

Hartford Teachers Support Effort to Prevent "Hostile Take-Over" of Community School

Hartford - Education professionals are pledging support for the community in response to the announced "redesign" and hand-over of John C. Clark, Jr. Elementary and Middle School to a charter operator. Hartford Public Schools' teachers, paraeducators, and classroom instruction support personnel on Monday and yesterday attended meetings with families of the students they serve at the school. There they committed to partner with parents to help elevate their voices and ensure that they maintain and continue growing the school’s well-rounded program of academics and enrichment opportunities.
 

Sign the Petition to the Hartford BOE: No to Another Charter’s False Choices

The Hartford Board of Education is expected to vote on August 27 to allow a charter school outfit with a poor disciplinary record to expand in the local district. Connecticut Working Families and concerned parents recently launched a petition drive to urge the board to say “NO” to Achievement First taking-over another one of their community’s elementary schools. We need to help them make their voices heard.
 
 
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