Politics

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.

AFT praises confirmation of Perez as labor secretary

The U.S. Senate's long-overdue confirmation of Thomas Perez as the next secretary of labor on July 18 will give hardworking American families a strong and dedicated advocate in the U.S. Department of Labor, AFT president Randi Weingarten says.

State of Connecticut Announces Special Open Enrollment for Same-Sex Spouses

On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) that effectively barred same-sex married couples from being recognized as "spouses" for purposes of federal law. The State of Connecticut has announced a special open enrollment period for state employees and retirees who wish to add a same-sex spouse to the State’s health plan.

AFT praises Senate passage of immigration reform bill

By passing the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744) on June 27, the U.S. Senate helped the country take another big step this week toward equality and opportunity, AFT president Randi Weingarten says.

Court's decision turns back decades of voting progress

With its June 25 ruling in Shelby County v. Holder, a narrow majority of the U.S. Supreme Court has rolled back the protections of a fundamental civil rights law that has preserved voting rights for millions of Americans, AFT president Randi Weingarten says.

AFT praises decision on race and diversity in admissions

The Supreme Court's June 24 ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin preserves past precedent that universities may consider race and ethnic diversity as one of many factors for admission.

2013 Legislative Summary

The 2013 Legislative Session held numerous victories.

Community Schools Bill Passes Legislature

The House of Representatives passed Community Schools Bill SB 1002 by a vote of 103-34. The Senate had previously passed the bill by a vote of 26-8. The legislation now goes on to Governor Malloy for his signature.

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.

Workers Affected by Newtown Tragedy to Receive Coverage Through Sandy Hook Workers Assistance Program and Fund

On March 6, the Connecticut General Assembly unanimously passed legislation that will provide coverage for all workers suffering mental or emotional impairment from the tragic shooting that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012.

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