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Shital Shah, Asst. Dir. of Ed Issues for AFT, and Sen. Don Williams advocate for community schools
Shital Shah, Asst. Dir. of Ed Issues for AFT, and Sen. Don Williams advocate for community schools

Community Schools Legislation Critical Step in Education Reform


The Education Committee held a public hearing today on Senate Bill 1002 An Act Concerning Community Schools. This bill would establish full service community schools in alliance districts with the goal of bringing together community partners to provide important student and family services at such schools.



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Windham Teacher's 5th Grade Class Wins Classroom Makeover Contest

Radio Host Kidd Kraddick recently held a classroom makeover contest. The show asked teachers to send in videos of their classes doing a “Glee” style performance to get a classroom makeover!

Jennifer Vowles 5th Grade Class from North Windham Elementary in Windham, Connecticut was one of the winners.

UHP Local Pres. Jean Morningstar Appointed to State Contracting Standards Board

Jean Morningstar, president of UHP Local 3837 and AFTCT Vice President for members under the State Employee Bargaining Act, has been appointed to the State Contracting Standards Board, by Governor Malloy.

New Affiliations Strengthen AFT Healthcare Constituency

In the past month three nursing groups have voted to affiliate with AFT making our union the third largest representative of nurses in the nation.

The Great American Teach-Off

IB ImageGOOD and the University of Phoenix are sponsoring the second annual Great American Teach-Off for teachers in grades K through 12!

AFTCT Pres. Melodie Peters talks about working together to improve education.
AFTCT Pres. Melodie Peters talks about working together to improve education.

Gov. Malloy Proposes Boosting ECS by $152 Million Over Bienium

On Feb. 5 Governor Dannel P. Malloy, joined by Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, Department of Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor, and leaders from the Connecticut Education Association (CEA) and the AFT Connecticut, announced a proposal to significantly increase the Educational Cost Sharing (ECS) aid to 117 municipalities, while maintaining level funding to the remaining cities and towns.  The additional aid will also target needed resources and support to the state’s 30 underperforming Alliance District schools.

Workers at Community Health Services, Inc. Vote to Join AFT Connecticut

The workers at Community Health Services, Inc. (CHS) in Hartford voted Feb. 1 to join AFT Connecticut. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) oversaw the election.

Hartford Teacher Tamika Knight receives the Milken Educator Award
Hartford Teacher Tamika Knight receives the Milken Educator Award

Hartford Teacher Tamika Knight Receives Milken Educator Award

The Milken Educator Award, described as the "Oscars of teaching", recognizes outstanding teachers at the midpoint of their career. This year the Milken Family Foundation recognized Hartford Teachers Tamika Knight.

Tom Kuroski testifies before the School Security Subcommittee.
Tom Kuroski testifies before the School Security Subcommittee.

Newtown Teachers Pres. Kuroski Testifies Before School Security Task Force

The Bipartisan Task Force On Gun Violence Prevention And Children's Safety held its School Security Subcommittee hearing Jan. 25 in Hartford. Newtown Federation of Teachers President Tom Kuroski testified before the subcommittee.

Newtown teacher Ron Chivinski (right) talks with former Newtown State Rep. Chris Lyddy and State Board of Education member and former technical high school teacher Patricia Keavney-Maruca.
Newtown teacher Ron Chivinski (right) talks with former Newtown State Rep. Chris Lyddy and State Board of Education member and former technical high school teacher Patricia Keavney-Maruca.

Sandy Hook Advisory Commission Begins Work

Governor Malloy's Sandy Hook Advisory Commission began work Thursday with an update from the state's attorney's office on its investigation into the shooting.

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