The Connecticut Paraeducator Coalition is fighting to improve student learning by providing adequate resources to paraeducators across the state.
Click here to contact legislators and urge them to invest in our students by investing in paraeducators!
Paraeducators play an essential role in educating our kids. They often have the closest relationships with students and work with those who need the most support, however, they are rarely prioritized. Pay rates, health care coverage, retirement benefits and professional development opportunities are substandard. They can also encounter safety issues when working with students who have behavioral issues.
Often, they are unable to attend Planning and Placement Team (PPT) meetings to develop or review Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), even though they are the ones who must implement the IEPs. Most districts fail to provide meaningful professional development to enhance their skills and effectiveness.
House Bill 6881 invests in and empowers paraeducators by requiring:
- paraeducators be paid a living wage;
- school districts provide affordable health care through the CT State Partnership Plan 2.0;
- school districts to provide defined benefit pensions;
- that paraeducators be full participants in PPT and 504 meetings from the beginning in the planning and preparation for these meetings;
- the $1.8 million appropriation made last year to school districts to assist them in delivering paraeducator professional development be made permanent;
- And more! Including guidance on training, para members to serve on professional development committees, and creation of best practices.