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.

 

Windham Teachers Say "The Time is Now to Come Together" for Improved Student Outcomes

Willimantic - Teachers in Windham Public Schools are calling the second year of steep declines in the district’s student performance results an "urgent opportunity" to unite the community for a better future. The education professionals are responding to Tuesday’s release of their high school's Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) scores and urging a thoughtful discussion for the community and meaningful collaboration among stakeholders.
 

AFT effort will 'reclaim the promise of public education'

In her keynote address to the 2013 AFT TEACH Conference, AFT president Randi Weingarten laid a bold marker in the "education wars" that have resulted in frustration and fatigue over competing theories of reform. These competing reforms have made a lot of noise but not the progress communities want to provide all children with the education they need and deserve.

House ESEA legislation is a bad deal for students

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to take up the so-called Student Success Act as early as next week. If passed, the bill would undermine the historic purpose of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act by dismantling 45 years of policy committed to ensuring disadvantaged children are provided a high-quality education.

CT Coalition for Public Education Calls for Flexibility in Common Core Implementation

The Connecticut Coalition for Public Education has sent a letter to Education Commissioner Stephan Pryor calling for flexibility in Common Core State Standards implementation along with new evaluation systems.

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