Paraprofessionals & School-Related Personnel (PSRP)

AFT Connecticut represents thousands of school-related personnel (PSRP) in local and regional districts across the state. 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 pay, benefits, conditions and respect they deserve as both professionals and “the engine that keeps their schools running.”

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Click here for more on the April, 2015 National Conference on the Training and Employment of Paraeducators.

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Watch and share this video of Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s ceremonial signing of legislation in 2012 that expanded the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to cover more PSRPs in Connecticut.

The Federal Government, Equity and Civil Rights

AFT and the Albert Shanker Institute last week sponsored a conversation in Washington, D.C. about the stakes involved in reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). There panelists discussed what it will mean for the millions of students who look to their schools for a fair shake and a chance to reach their dreams.
 
Click here to watch the "ESEA at 50" forum's introduction.
 

Clinton Initiative Praises Union Pension Investments

Our AFT national president last week had a unique opportunity to share the positive impact that union pension fund investments are having on rebuilding the nation's infrastructure at the winter meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). There she also discussed the AFT's work in areas such as career and technical education (CTE) and rewriting the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
 
Click here to watch video of the meeting's plenary session.
 

Highlighting Effective Labor-Management Partnerships

Parent engagement, community schools and professional development emerged as targets of opportunity when district and school improvement teams from several states last month gathered to discuss scaling-up effective labor-management collaboration. The setting was the Center for School Improvement (CSI) Leadership Institute, AFT's premier venue for delivering professional development and technical assistance aimed at strengthening collaboration in schools.
 
Click here to learn more about the CSI.
 

Congress Must Support Paras' Growth and Development

AFT is urging federal lawmakers to preserve in a reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) those provisions that help paraprofessionals get the knowledge and training they need to continue to make outstanding classroom contributions. At risk is the ability of local districts to recruit and retain these indispensable members of the school team who make student success possible.
 
Click here to read press coverage of AFT's advocacy on the issue.
 
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