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.

 

Comments on Meriden Teachers Union Leader Appointed to State Board of Education

Melodie Peters, president of AFT Connecticut, made the following remarks on today's appointment of Meriden Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 1478 President Erin Benham to the Connecticut State Board of Education (SBOE):
 
 

Comments on Resignation of Connecticut Education Department Chief

Melodie Peters, president of AFT Connecticut, made the following remarks on the announcement today by the Malloy-Wyman Administration that the State Department of Education's commissioner would not serve a second term:
 
 

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.
 
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