PreK-12 Teachers

Note - updates on the impact of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak on certified educators and members of PreK-12 local unions will be linked here.
 
Click here for our "Q&A" on teachers' health as school buildings reopen (Aug. 25, 2020). 
 
Click here for our "Q&A" on quarantine and illness policies (Aug. 25, 2020).
 
Click here to watch our BOE Unions Coalition's "reopen safely" press conference (Aug. 24, 2020).
 
Click here for the state Department of Education (SDE)’s webinar on contact tracing (Aug. 20, 2020).
 
Click here for our "Core Principles Regarding the Safe Reopening of School Buildings" (Aug. 18, 2020).
 
Click here for results of our state survey on reopening buildings (Aug. 17, 2020).
 
Click here for AFT's online forum with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director (Jul 31, 2020).
 
Click here for our legal counsel's memo on COVID-19 and employment rights (Jul. 27, 2020).
 
Click here for a memo outlining members' workplace safety-related speech protections (Jul. 21, 2020).
 
Click here for the SDE's "Adapt, Advance, Achieve" webinar (Jul. 9, 2020).
 
Click here for results of our national union's survey on reopening safely (Jul. 31, 2020).
 
Click here for SDE's blueprint for reopening school buildings (Jun. 25, 2020).
 
Click here to watch a roundtable discussion with SDE officials on resuming in-person learning (Jun. 25, 2020).
 
Click here for our national union's webinar on safely "reopening" (Jun. 3, 2020).
 
Click here to access SDE's "Superintendent’s Digest" portal (May 4, 2020). 
 
Click here to hear our joint tele-town hall with the Connecticut Education Association (CEA) (Apr. 30, 2020).
 
Click here for our national union's "Plan to Safely Reopen America's Schools and Communities" (Apr. 29, 2020).
 
Click here to share your experience educating English Language Learner (ELL)s during the crisis (Apr. 17, 2020).
 
Click here for the SDE website's COVID-19 resources page (Mar. 31, 2020).
 
Click here for our national union's COVID-19 resources for PreK-12 teachers (Mar. 23, 2020).
 
Click here for the federal education department website's COVID-19 resources page (Mar. 21, 2020).
 
Click here for the state's official page with COVID-19 school resources (Mar., 19, 2020).
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AFT Connecticut represents PreK-12 educator in school districts across Connecticut and is a proponent for public schools at the local level in members' districts and in the state legislature. From contract negotiations to student testing to pensions, our federation works to protect teachers' rights and provide professional support for members serving PreK-12 youth.
 
Click here to access our PreK-12 Council's open Facebook group. *
 
Click here to access Share My Lesson’s free resources for educators.
 
Click here to access Donors Choose and help teachers in need of supplies for their classrooms.
 
* requires approval to participate; does not require FB user account to access.
 

Demanding Responsible School Safety Solutions, Not More Guns

State Senator Michael McLachlan last week outraged educators when he embraced President Donald Trump’s proposal to militarize the nation's schools. At a forum hosted by the Northern Fairfield County Association of REALTORS in Danbury, the incumbent Deputy Minority Leader answered "yes" when asked if he supports requiring firearms for teachers. His position has angered union members in McLachlan's district, which includes Bethel, Danbury, New Fairfield, and Sherman, and across Connecticut, who expect their elected officials to make better policy choices.
 

Comments on State GOP's "Shameful and Hypocritical" Public School Political Rally

Jan Hochadel, president of AFT Connecticut, made the following remarks regarding the Connecticut Republican Party's announced rally for political candidates tomorrow at Pomperaug Regional High School in Southbury:
 

"U & I in Union:" Beating the Same Forces "Coming After Us"

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his famous Letter from a Birmingham Jail wrote that "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." The civil rights leader's statement on the value of solidarity remains true today, especially for immigrant communities. We're sharing an example of a higher education professional engaging union members in direct action to win justice for a student's family threatened with being torn apart by deportation.
 

Promoting Professional Learning that Empowers Growth

The strength of our unions comes not from contracts or bylaws, but from the diversity and collective capacity of the nearly 30,000 women and men we represent. Our state federation's professional development (PD) program relies on both in order to offer a wide-ranging series of career advancement and labor leadership opportunities. Members of three divisions recently were asked to provide input and feedback for future course offerings as both new and previously presented workshops are scheduled in the coming weeks.
 
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