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.
 

International report shows value of investing in education

The latest "Education at a Glance" report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which highlights the crucial importance of education to counter the effects of the global recession on the employment prospects of young people, shows that nations get through economic crisis by investing in education, AFT president Randi Weingarten says.

Florida PSRPs convert outdoor space to reading classroom

Thanks to the initiative of classified school employees, reading achievement is going through the roof at a struggling elementary school in Florida.

Paraprofessional Advisory Council Bill Passes Legislature

The House and Senate unanimously passed legislation recalibrating the membership of the Paraprofessional Advisory Council so that paraprofessionals would have a majority of representation, making certain that their voices are heard, not diluted.

Why Market Reforms Failed in DC, NYC, and Chicago

The market-based reforms of the past dozen years have failed. Now they are the status quo, imposed on the nation by NCLB and Race to the Top, will hurt our nation’s children and undermine public education for all children.

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