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BFT Contract Survey — June 5, 2014

BFT Contract Survey

Below is the link for the survey that will be used to advise the BFT when negotiations for the next contract begin in August. The next contract will be effective July 1, 2015 to June 30 2018. All BFT members are asked to complete the survey before June 20, 2014.

What issues are important to you? Rank them in order of importance and make additional comments. The survey is designed to take 5 to 10 minutes.

Here is the link:

State Budget Education Advances — March 27, 2014

State Budget Education Advances

Appropriations Committee Budget

FY 2015

March 27, 2014

The Appropriations Committee issued its FY 2015 budget proposal today.  With fund lapses, carry forwards and varying appropriations, it is $12.338M more

than the adjusted FY 2015 budget the Governor presented on February 5, 2014.

Once the committee votes on its proposal, formal negotiations will begin between legislative leadership and the Governor’s office.  A final compromise budget is expected to be passed before the legislative session adjourns May 7.

Below are the key highlights of the Appropriations Committee budget proposal that impact AFT Connecticut members.  You can read the entire document here:  As more details become available, we will share them with you.

The Appropriations Committee budget plan would:

  • Deposit an additional $100 million payment toward the state’s pension fund.
  • Exempt 50% of teachers’ pensions from state income tax.
  • Restore the Earned Income Tax Credit to 30%.
  • Issue a targeted gas and sales tax refund to Connecticut taxpayers, returning $55 to individuals, earning less than $200,000 and $110 to joint filers earning less than $400,000.
  • Exempt clothing under $50 and non-prescription drugs from sales tax.
  • Provide a municipal exemption from the insurance premiums tax on health plans.



  • $7.553M more than the Governor’s proposal for ECS grants, plus an additional $500K for West Hartford (Improved from Governor’s Proposal).
  • $14M for approximately 1,020 new Pre-K slots and a 4% increase in the full-day, full-year reimbursement rate from $8,346 to $8,670 per child.  It assumes 70% of the slots will have placements as of July 1, 2014 with the remaining 30% being filled by October 1, 2014.  The stated goal in the budget is to reach universal Pre-K in 2019, with access being phased in and priority given to low income three and four year olds (Improved from Governor’s Proposal).
  • $2.3M in startup costs and planning for universal access to Pre-K:  $22,500 for each classroom and $1.1M for planning grants (Same as Governor’s Proposal).
  • $478,433 for 7 new educational consultant positions at SDE phased in over FY 2015 (Improved from Governor’s Proposal).
  • $1,728,500 for CTHSS (Improved from Governor’s Proposal).

o   24 full-time maintenance positions

o   5 full-time school nurses

o   10 special educators

o   2 English Language Learner Instructors

o   Increases authorized position count by 15 to reflect moving instructor positions from durational to full-time, but no additional funding for these positions.

  • Transfer $250K from Treasurer’s Debt Service Account to the City of New Haven to support the Eli Whitney Pilot Program for youth services (Improved from Governor’s Proposal).
  • Transfer $92,000 from Treasurer’s Debt Service Account to support the Sound School in New Haven (Improved from Governor’s Proposal).
  • $469K additional to increase Family Resource Center grants by $5K and establish an FRC at Winthrop Elementary Magnet School in New London (Improvement from Governor Proposal).
  • Reduction of $3.9M in Talent Development at SDE to reflect changes in the new teacher evaluation system (Improvement from Governor’s Proposal).
  • Transfer $563K from DSS to SDE for after school programs (Improvement from Governor’s Proposal).
  • Transfer $1M from the Tobacco Settlement Fund for Interdistrict Grant programs to the After School program to fund programs in New Haven, Waterbury, Meriden, Bridgeport, Stamford, New Britain, East Hartford and Windham (Improved from Governor’s Proposal).
  • $10M for a third round of district school security grants. CTHSS and RESCs will also be eligible for these grants (Same as Governor’s Proposal).
  • $7.6M for new one-year Sheff settlement, including $1.3M for Sand Lighthouse School (Same as Governor’s Proposal).
  • Additional $500K in priority school district funding for Norwalk (Improved from Governor’s Proposal).
  • Cut $6.5M from Teacher Retiree Healthcare Fund due to the decrease in the monthly premium equivalent rate in the TRB basic health plan (medical and Rx) from $350 to $291 (Same as Governor’s Proposal).

CommPACT schools remain funded at 475,000 (Same as Governor’s Proposal).

Greene-Hills Designated as a Family Resource Center — August 24, 2012

Greene-Hills Designated as a Family Resource Center

As part of the education reform package passed by the state legislature earlier this year, ten new Family Resource Centers have been created in schools around the state, adding to the 62 already in existence. The new Greene-Hills K-8 has been chosen as one of the new locations.

From the press release:

Governor Dannel P. Malloy, together with Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman and Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor, today announced that ten new sites for school-based Family Resource Centers have been selected to provide an array of additional wraparound services for children and their families.  Expansion of Connecticut’s family resource center network was a key part of education reform legislation signed by the Governor earlier this year. Initiatives include home visitations to screen for child development needs, before- and after-school care, summer camps, child-rearing skills classes, high school equivalency classes, and English as a Second Language (ESL) programming, among other services.
As mandated by the new education reform law the state’s 30 Alliance Districts were eligible to apply for one of the ten new Family Resource Center slots.  Selections were made following a competitive process that included statements of interest from districts and an extensive review of applications.  By law, Family Resource Centers must be located within public elementary schools.
Education Reform Impact in Bristol — July 2, 2012

Education Reform Impact in Bristol

The effects of the Educaiton Reform package passed this spring are going to be felt here in Bristol starting this fall. The SDE has determined that Bristol will be an “Alliance District,” which will provide extra funding with certain strings attached. A PDF outlining the recently approved state guidlines is here.

In the 2012-2013 school year, ten school districts will be participating in the pilot program of the new teacher evaluation system, although Bristol will not be among them. Recent Hartford Courant articles are here, and here. Following a review of the pilot, the new evaluation system will be used state wide in the 2013-2014 school year.