Paraprofessionals & School-Related Personnel (PSRP)

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AFT Connecticut represents thousands of school-related personnel (PSRP) in local and regional districts across the state. PSRPs work as paraeducators, 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.”

Click here to follow our national union’s PSRP Twitter feed.

Click here for the state education department website’s School Paraprofessional Advisory Council page.


  • Showing Solidarity and Urging Respect for Valued Colleagues

    Poverty-level wages and lack of access to family-sustaining benefits have long contributed to a shortage of paraeducators needed to assure effective student learning. Ashley Stockton (front row, third from left, in photo above), a trustee in our AFT Connecticut-affiliated New Haven Federation of Teachers, urged elected officials to invest in these vital members of the…

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  • Resolving Deep Disparities and Creating Abundant Opportunities

    For months, state lawmakers and the governor have delayed deploying available resources to local schools, colleges and universities, resulting in harmful service cuts and painful staff layoffs. In a recently published commentary, two AFT Connecticut-affiliated union leaders teamed up to urge better choices. New Haven Federation of Teachers President Leslie Blatteau (in collage above, left)…

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  • Standing Strong to Protect Our Rights at Work

    There is arguably no clearer example of the “union difference” than the additional resources available to members faced with a hostile work environment. The power of these tools to hold employers accountable are further amplified by mobilizing the collective action made possible by contractual protections. All of this was on full display in a recent…

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