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.

 

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.
 

Weingarten Lays Out Bold Call to Move Country Forward

AFT President Randi Weingarten kicked off the AFT national convention in Los Angeles yesterday by outlining a bold plan to both fight back and fight forward to reclaim the promise of America and create economic and educational opportunity for all.
 
Click here for the text of President Weingarten's "State of the Union" speech.
 

Outsourcing Public Jobs Results in a Race to the Bottom

A new report from In the Public Interest looks at what happens to communities, and to the quality of life of the workers who provide important public services, when those services are outsourced to for-profit and other private entities.
 
Click here for the report, "Race to the Bottom: How Outsourcing Public Services Rewards Corporations and Punishes the Middle Class."
 
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