PreK-12 Teachers

AFT Connecticut represents PreK-12 teachers in school districts across Connecticut. AFT Connecticut is a proponent for teachers and education at the local level in our members' school districts and in the state legislature. From contract negotiations to student testing to pensions, AFT Connecticut works to protect teacher rights and provide professional support for members teaching in public schools.

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Connecticut teachers are in need of supplies for their classrooms. You can find out what's needed in your community schools and donate online.

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Click here to watch how union members in Waterford rallied parents and residents to urge their board of education to make better choices and prioritize permanent leadership for their community’s schools.

Teachers Learn How to Help Grieving Kids

The desire to help students grapple with strong emotions as they face the death of a close family member, friend or teacher is something every school employee has faced. AFT union members have begun a process of training their colleagues in research-based strategies to help ease the effects of grief so that children can grow and learn.


Empowering Students to Learn the Lessons of Labor History

Public education, workers' rights and senior advocates yesterday joined the governor for the ceremonial signing of legislation to assist local school districts with teaching the history of the labor movement. The bill, which both chambers of the General Assembly passed in May with bipartisan support, was the culmination of years of grassroots advocacy by AFT Connecticut, union activists and legislators.
Click here for press coverage of the bill's final passage.

No Child Left Behind Overhaul Advances

After multiple hearings, a long markup and a week of floor debate, the U.S. Senate yesterday resoundingly approved a bill that could help vanquish the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). In a bipartisan vote senators overwhelmingly approved the Every Child Achieves Act, a bill to replace NCLB and restore the historic mission of the original Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA); equity in our nation's public schools.
Click here for press coverage on the bill's passage.

Comments on New Law Requiring Charter Manager Transparency, Accountability

Jan Hochadel, president of AFT Connecticut, made the following remarks on Governor Dannel P. Malloy's signature today of landmark legislation to increase oversight of schools operated by charter management organizations (CMOs):
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