PreK-12 Teachers

Note - updates on the impact of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak on certified educators and members of PreK-12 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 PreK-12 teachers (Aug. 14, 2021).
 
Click here for the federal education department website's COVID-19 resources page (Jul. 26, 2021).
 
Click here for the state Department of Education (SDE) website's COVID-19 resources page (Jul. 23, 2021).
 
Click here for our Mar., 2021 "PreK-12 COVID-19 Update" newsletter (Mar. 25, 2021).
 
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 legal counsel's memo on COVID-19 and employment rights (Jul. 27, 2020).
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AFT Connecticut represents PreK-12 educator in school districts across Connecticut and is a proponent for public schools at the local level in members' districts and in the state legislature. From contract negotiations to student testing to pensions, our federation works to protect teachers' rights and provide professional support for members serving PreK-12 youth.
 
Click here to access our PreK-12 Council's open Facebook group. *
 
Click here to access Share My Lesson’s free resources for educators.
 
Click here to access Donors Choose and help teachers in need of supplies for their classrooms.
 
* requires approval to participate; does not require FB user account to access.
 

Anxiety and Trauma Top Challenges Facing Students, Survey Finds

HARTFORD - Connecticut is ranked among the best states in the country for K-12 education; however, findings from a new 2020 CEA/AFT CT/WFSB survey should raise alarms. Teachers increasingly find themselves in unsafe work environments, encountering more children impacted by trauma or anxiety, and dealing with a persistent shortage of school counselors, social workers and other supports necessary for their students.
 
Click here for an executive summary of the results.
 

Making Gains "That Weren't Given to Us"

Gallup last year reported that Americans' approval of labor unions in 2019 continued its decade-long upward trend. A clear driver is the pay differential; wages and salaries average 10 to 30 percent higher for workers able to exercise collective bargaining rights to secure employment contracts. We’re spotlighting two recent examples that show how this "union difference" works at the negotiating table for new and veteran members alike. 
 

Remaining Vigilant to "Open Doors for More Families"

Hartford families and education advocates earlier this month reached a settlement with local and state officials in the 30-year-old Sheff v. O'Neill, et al. desegregation lawsuit. While the agreement adds more than 1,000 new magnet slots in the region, it comes up short on resolving racial isolation in the Capitol City's traditional neighborhood schools. Following news of the resolution, civil rights activists and union leaders warned against complacency in the fight for equity for students struggling with poverty.
 

"Looking Ahead to 2020" for Funding Our Future

State federation leaders last month teamed up with the Connecticut Education Association (CEA) and WFSB-TV Channel 3 for a survey of certified educators on the issues facing their profession. The first-of-its-kind effort engaged over a thousand union members from scores of local and regional school districts. To further expand public awareness, delegates to AFT Connecticut’s PreK-12 Council are gearing up for a second survey scheduled later this winter.
 
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