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.

 

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.

AFT raises awareness of summer food shortage for kids

Last summer, only 14 kids were enrolled in summer food programs for every 100 low-income students who got free or reduced-price lunches during the 2011-12 school year. That means only one in seven children who needed food over the summer were getting it, according to a new report by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC).

Study shows no clear advantage for charter schools

A June 25 study from the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University show that students in charter schools perform about the same as students in the rest of public education.

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