AFT Connecticut represents paraprofessionals and school-related personnel (PSRPs) in school districts across Connecticut. PSRPs work as paraprofessionals, teaching assistants, tutors, secretaries, school nurses, custodians and others who provide critical services that support student learning. From contract negotiations to professional development, AFT Connecticut works to secure the fair pay, benefits, working conditions and respect they deserve as professionals.

Comments on Meriden Teachers Union Leader Appointed to State Board of Education

Melodie Peters, president of AFT Connecticut, made the following remarks on today's appointment of Meriden Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 1478 President Erin Benham to the Connecticut State Board of Education (SBOE):
 
 

Comments on Resignation of Connecticut Education Department Chief

Melodie Peters, president of AFT Connecticut, made the following remarks on the announcement today by the Malloy-Wyman Administration that the State Department of Education's commissioner would not serve a second term:
 
 

Report Wrongly Discounts Role of Support Staff in Schools

AFT is challenging the assumptions of a new report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute on school support staff, which suggests that the increase in the number of these employees is "adding more hands, but not necessarily more value."
 
Click here for press coverage of the report.
 

"Pensionomics 2014:" Retirement Security is Good for the Economy

A new economic analysis from the National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS) finds that defined benefit (DB) pensions have a significant impact: 6.2 million American jobs and $943 billion in economic output. In Connecticut alone, the study finds that each taxpayer dollar invested in state and local plans supports $3.99 in total economic activity -- an overall economic impact of $6.6 billion.
 
Click here for a two-page summary of the study's key findings for Connecticut.
 
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