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 the executive order requiring paid leave for school employees quarantined due to COVID-19 exposure (Feb. 4, 2021).
 
Click here for our joint letter with the Connecticut Education Association (CEA) to the Biden Administration requesting a standardized testing waiver (Jan. 28, 2021).
 
Click here to access remote learning webinars compiled by Share My Lesson (Nov. 16, 2020).
 
Click here for SDE’s school support staff continuity directive (Nov. 2, 2020).
 
Click here for the state Department of Education (SDE)’s webinar on contact tracing (Aug. 20, 2020).
 
Click here for our legal counsel's memo on COVID-19 and employment rights (Jul. 27, 2020).
 
Click here for a memo outlining members' workplace safety-related speech protections (Jul. 21, 2020).
 
Click here for distance learning resources from SDE and the alliance of regional service centers (May 6, 2020).
 
Click here to access SDE's "Superintendent’s Digest” portal (May 4, 2020).
 
Click here for the UConn Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities’ updates and resources (Apr. 30, 2020).
 
Click here to access SDE's “Special Education” portal (Apr. 6, 2020). 
 
Click here for our national union's COVID-19 resources for education support staff (Mar. 23, 2020).
 
Click here for the federal education department website's COVID-19 resources for schools (Mar. 21, 2020).
 
Click here or the official state COVID-19 website's school resources page (Mar., 19, 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.

 

Report Wrongly Discounts Role of Support Staff in Schools

AFT is challenging the assumptions of a new report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute on school support staff, which suggests that the increase in the number of these employees is "adding more hands, but not necessarily more value."
 
Click here for press coverage of the report.
 

"Pensionomics 2014:" Retirement Security is Good for the Economy

A new economic analysis from the National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS) finds that defined benefit (DB) pensions have a significant impact: 6.2 million American jobs and $943 billion in economic output. In Connecticut alone, the study finds that each taxpayer dollar invested in state and local plans supports $3.99 in total economic activity -- an overall economic impact of $6.6 billion.
 
Click here for a two-page summary of the study's key findings for Connecticut.
 

Resolved to Improve Common Core Implementation

AFT Connecticut last month participated in the release of the recommendations by the Educators’ Common Core Implementation Task Force that the Malloy-Wyman Administration established in March. Both the governor and lieutenant governor joined us and announced the launch of the "Connecticut Core Initiative" to immediately begin putting the working group's proposals to work.
 
Delegates to the AFT national convention three weeks later passed a resolution in support of the promise and potential of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) while criticizing inadequate implementation efforts. 
 

Donna Brazile Announces "Democrats for Public Education" at AFT Convention

Los Angeles - Addressing more than 3,500 members of the AFT at its national convention, Democratic strategist Donna Brazile announced the formation of a new group that she will co-chair called Democrats for Public Education, which will focus on uniting the vast majority of Democrats, who believe in the promise of public education.
 
Click here to watch Brazile's convention speech.
 
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