Comments on Meriden Teachers Union Leader Appointed to State Board of Education

"We applaud the administration of Governor Dannel Malloy and Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman for selecting Erin Benham to serve on the State Board of Education. They have appointed a committed classroom educator and trusted labor leader with a long, successful record of direct engagement in grassroots efforts to improve schools in Meriden and across Connecticut.
 
"The SBOE, as well as the state's education department, will greatly benefit from Erin's experience in Meriden Public Schools. There, she and her fellow educators have proven that collaboration -- not confrontation -- is the way to form a productive working partnership with their district's administration.
 
"Erin will bring tremendous value to the board with real-world teacher-student, educator-parent and labor-management experience. I have seen firsthand Erin's passion for her vocation, and I have no doubt she will make a significant contribution to the board's mission.
 
"We expect Erin to ensure that the voices of educators are heard and respected, and to play a role in helping to shape policy in all our state's schools.
 
"We congratulate Erin on her appointment and look forward to her service on the SBOE throughout her four-year term."
 
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AFT Connecticut represents more than 29,000 professionals across the state, including PreK-12 teachers, paraeducators and education support personnel in 29 local and regional school districts. Follow the union on Twitter at @AFTCT and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/aftct.