Higher Education Faculty & Support Staff

Faculty and support staff at several higher education institutions across Connecticut are members of AFT Connecticut-affiliated unions. These educators hold a variety of positions in their institutions, ranging from full-time, part-time or adjunct faculty to research, clerical, administrative, security staff and more. Though each may have unique concerns and needs, they share goals of promoting academic and institutional excellence and securing the rights and respect they deserve as higher education professionals.

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Click here for policy recommendations a coalition that includes our union released in Fall, 2014 that would reduce higher education costs and solve the growing student debt crisis.

Student Debt: Inequity Far Past Graduation

The fact that student debt continues to soar is troubling enough; now there is clear evidence that it also deepens the gap between the haves and the have-nots. "The Debt Divide: The Racial and Class Bias Behind the 'New Normal' of Student Borrowing" describes the impact of near-universal reliance on student loans: they actually extend inequity. 
 
Click here for the full report.
 

Comments on GOP Legislators' Alternative State Budget

Melodie Peters, president of AFT Connecticut, made the following remarks in response to state budget proposals announced today by Republican legislative leaders:
 

The Federal Education Department Got Teacher Prep Wrong

There are new proposed regulations out from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) that focus on teacher preparation, and they’re not good. They use unreliable, out-of-context data like K-12 standardized test scores and employment numbers to punish teacher preparation programs.

 
Click here for press coverage of the proposed changes.
 

Teacher Prep Regulations Reinforce "Test-and-Punish" Model

There's no evidence that new teacher preparation regulations released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) will lead to improvement and plenty of reason to believe they will cause harm, AFT President Randi Weingarten says.
 
Click here for the DOE's proposed regulation.
 
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