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 results of our board of education (BOE) union coalition return to school survey (Jan 11, 2022).
 
Click here for Department of Public Health (DPH) guidance on mandatory school employee vaccinations (Jan. 4, 2022).
 
Click here for the state Department of Education (SDE)'s COVID-19 self-test kits distribution plan (Jan. 3, 2022).
 
Click here for the federal education department website's COVID-19 resources for schools (Dec. 30, 2021).
 
Click here for our national union's COVID-19 resources for education support staff (Aug. 14, 2021).
 
Click here to access SDE's “Special Education” portal (Apr. 21, 2021). 
 
Click here for the executive order requiring paid leave for school employees quarantined due to COVID-19 exposure (Feb. 4, 2021).
 
Click here for our legal counsel's memo on COVID-19 and employment rights (Jul. 27, 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.

 

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.
 

The Federal Education Department Got Teacher Prep Wrong

There are new proposed regulations out from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) that focus on teacher preparation, and they’re not good. They use unreliable, out-of-context data like K-12 standardized test scores and employment numbers to punish teacher preparation programs.

 
Click here for press coverage of the proposed changes.
 
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