Here is an article from the Bristol Press describing Monday’s special BOE meeting where teaching positions (and others) were cut. Please be aware, this article does not include additional positions that will be cut as a result of reductions in the Alliance Grant funding.
In an effort to bring teachers together outside of the work environment, and build a sense of camaraderie across schools and grade levels, the BFT is looking to form a social committee. The committee would develop a plan of activities for members to enjoy in the 2017-18 school year.
Some starting points might be: to continue or discontinue the Happy Hours; to hold an annual event at Nuchies, or Lake Compounce; to have a picnic, etc.
Interested members should contact BFT Treasurer Paul Pinette (via paulpinette123 at gmail dot com).
Have you heard? We’re doing something different this year at AFT TEACH 2017. We’re offering rich, two- and four-hour boot camp sessions that will give you time to dig deeper and develop tools to take home to use in your school. Also, attendees this year will select their sessions in advance. Here are the topics the boot camps will cover:
- Advocating for Public Education
- Content-Based Classroom Tools
- Collaboration and Teamwork
- Professional Practices
- Racial Equity, Social Justice, and Educational Justice
- Safe and Welcoming Schools
- The Teaching Profession
Here’s a preview of the sessions specific to content-based classroom tools:
- English Language Learners 101: What Works?
- How Diverse Thinking Creates Powerful Learning in Mathematics
- How to Spot Fake News and Train Students to Be Educated News Consumers
- Using Children’s Books to Develop Social and Emotional Learning
- Writing Instruction Done Write
We hope to see you this summer at the TEACH conference, July 20-22, in Washington, D.C.! Visit www.aft.org/teach for more details and to register! Early bird registration ends June 1!
Your AFT TEACH Team
After President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ education budget was leaked yesterday, it’s no secret that they are out to get public education. In their quest to disinvest in public services and destabilize our public schools, they have proposed to slash vital investments, which would increase class sizes, cut professional development and reduce support for educators to zero.
The Trump and DeVos agenda takes a meat cleaver to public education and directs funds to vouchers, private schools and charter schools at the expense of public school students across the country. What Trump and DeVos don’t seem to understand is that, regardless of how people voted in the election, people love their neighborhood public schools and want to see them supported.
In 2015, in a remarkably bipartisan reauthorization process, Congress enacted the Every Student Succeeds Act. Title II of ESSA is a direct investment in teachers, paraprofessionals, principals, school staff and the students they serve, and the consequences of eliminating Title II funding would be disastrous: Class sizes would balloon in the poorest and most overcrowded classrooms with the students who most need individual attention, and educators would lose access to professional development and support throughout their careers. Further, any cuts to this program would leave states unable to implement ESSA and effectively meet the needs of the students and communities they serve.
We can’t let this happen. Write your members of Congress today and urge them to fully fund Title II and implement the bipartisan education law, to ensure every student has access to a high-quality public education regardless of ZIP code.
Monday’s meeting of the Board of Finance has been postponed until May 31. More details will follow soon.
At City Hall on Monday, May 15 at 5:30 PM, the Board of Finance will vote to recommend a budget (both city and BOE) to the Joint Board (which is comprised of the BOF and City Council). This is the penultimate step to finalizing the budget.
Attendance is encouraged, especially those who work or have children in the Bristol Public Schools.
- WHEN: Thursday , May 18 beginning at 5:00PM.
- WHERE: North lawn of the State Capitol Building, located at 210 Capitol Avenue in Hartford (buses are being organized from around the state and street parking is available in the area).
- HOW: Click here to RSVP and let us know you’ll be joining us.
Vice President for Paraprofessionals and School-Related Personnel (PSRPs), AFT Connecticut
Topics covered include work-related injuries, obligations as a mandated reporter, and what to do or not do if under Department of Children and Families (DCF) investigation. The presenter is former New Haven Public Schools teacher and AFT Connecticut legal counsel Eric Chester.
In this ever-changing environment, make sure you know where you stand and what rights you have to union representation.
Professional Issues & Development Coordinator, AFT Connecticut