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 our report-back from 2014 National Paraeducator Appreciation Day at the State Capitol where Governor Dannel P. Malloy recognized vital classroom support staff with an official state proclamation.
 

AFT effort will 'reclaim the promise of public education'

In her keynote address to the 2013 AFT TEACH Conference, AFT president Randi Weingarten laid a bold marker in the "education wars" that have resulted in frustration and fatigue over competing theories of reform. These competing reforms have made a lot of noise but not the progress communities want to provide all children with the education they need and deserve.

House ESEA legislation is a bad deal for students

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to take up the so-called Student Success Act as early as next week. If passed, the bill would undermine the historic purpose of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act by dismantling 45 years of policy committed to ensuring disadvantaged children are provided a high-quality education.

CT Coalition for Public Education Calls for Flexibility in Common Core Implementation

The Connecticut Coalition for Public Education has sent a letter to Education Commissioner Stephan Pryor calling for flexibility in Common Core State Standards implementation along with new evaluation systems.

AFT raises awareness of summer food shortage for kids

Last summer, only 14 kids were enrolled in summer food programs for every 100 low-income students who got free or reduced-price lunches during the 2011-12 school year. That means only one in seven children who needed food over the summer were getting it, according to a new report by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC).

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