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.
 

Teachers Back Gomes

Bridgeport - Connecticut teachers have endorsed Edwin Gomes for the special election in the 23rd Senate District, which includes portions of Bridgeport and Stratford. Gomes, a former state Senator, received the endorsement from both of the state’s teachers’ organizations, the Connecticut Education Association (CEA) and American Federation of Teachers Connecticut (AFT Connecticut).
 

Nurses Weigh In on the 40-Hour Workweek Debate

Registered nurses (RNs) Irene Jagde and Janice Stauffer, members of the Danbury Nurses Union, Unit 47, last week traveled to Washington, D.C., to speak out against a proposal to redefine who qualifies as a full-time worker under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) held a hearing on the matter titled "Examining Job-Based Health Insurance and Defining Full-Time Work."
 
Click here to watch the full HELP Committee hearing.
 

AFT Organizes First Forum on Racial Justice

Public school and college support staff union leaders from around the country earlier this month gathered to engage in a formative discussion on how to close the opportunity gap for American men and boys of color. The town hall-style event in Orlando was attended by members of AFT's national Paraprofessionals & School-Related Personnel (PSRP) Program and Policy Council (PPC), which includes local leaders from Connecticut.
 
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