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.

 

Vice-President Speaks at First Summit on Career and Technical Education

Career and technical education and workforce development create multiple pathways to high school and higher education graduation, real-world job skills and economic prosperity, speakers including Vice President Joe Biden said yesterday at the first Career and Technical Education/Workforce Development Summit. The event was co-hosted by the The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the AFL-CIO, the umbrella federation for U.S. unions.
 
Click here to watch a brief video with highlights of the vice-president's remarks.
 

Coalition of Teachers, Parents and Education Leaders Release New Accountability Framework

A broad-based group of organizations today released "A New Social Compact for American Education" -- a groundbreaking rethinking of accountability that replaces the current paradigm of "test and punish" with a focus on what is needed to support and improve teaching and learning.
 
Click here to learn more about the new framework at the coalition's website.
 

AFT's Three-Point Strategy on Ebola Preparedness

AFT President Randi Weingarten and nurse activists and leaders from across the country today gathered to highlight the need to involve nurses and health professionals in developing and implementing plans to respond to the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). AFT Nurses and Health Professionals are calling on hospitals around the nation do more to protect and train their staffs, after two nurses caring for the Ebola patient in Texas contracted the deadly virus.
 
Click here for more information on EVD and resources for healthcare workers.
 

Our Members Earn National Honors

Four of our state's public schools -- including two where AFT Connecticut members work -- have been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2014. We offer our heartiest congratulations to all the educators and support personnel in Norwalk’s Thomas Jefferson Magnet School and Portland's Middle School for earning this extraordinary honor.
 
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