Paraprofessionals & School-Related Personnel (PSRP)

Note - updates on the impact of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak on non-certified education staff and members of PSRP local unions will be linked here.
 
Click here for Governor Ned Lamont’s executive order requiring school employee vaccinations (Aug. 19, 2021).
 
Click here for our national union's COVID-19 resources for education support staff (Aug. 14, 2021).
 
Click here for the federal education department website's COVID-19 resources for schools (Jul. 26, 2021).
 
Click here for the executive order requiring paid leave for school employees quarantined due to COVID-19 exposure (Feb. 4, 2021).
 
Click here to access SDE's “Special Education” portal (Apr. 21, 2021). 
 
Click here for our legal counsel's memo on COVID-19 and employment rights (Jul. 27, 2020).
 
Click here for the American Red Cross’ Virtual Family Assistance Center (June, 2020).
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AFT Connecticut represents thousands of school-related personnel (PSRP) in local and regional districts across the state. PSRPs work as paraprofessionals, 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.

 

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.
 

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act at 50

U.S. Department of Education (DOE) Secretary Arne Duncan's speech yesterday on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) included some promising elements -- as well as others that raise concerns. AFT last week released policy priorities on the law urging an end to a system of "test-and-punish" and a new "support-and-improve" approach for America's students, education professionals and schools.
 
Click here for AFT's priorities for ESEA reauthorization.
 

Child Poverty: Moving in the Wrong Direction

We hear that the global recession has abated, but for many families around the country, the impact of this crisis still reverberates. AFT has studied child poverty statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau and has used the data to unmask disparities in educational equity. 
 
Click here to urge your elected representatives to take action to reverse the trend.
 

Legislative Para Staffing Study Recommendations

AFT Connecticut successfully advocated in the last legislative session for the General Assembly's Program Review and Investigations (PRI) Committee to study paraprofessional staffing levels in our state's public schools. Shortly after the session adjourned in May, the committee's professional research staff got to work and just before the Christmas holiday issued their final report and recommendations.
 
Click here for the full report.
 
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