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Donors Choose Training

Andy Wright, Teacher Outreach Manager from, recently gave a presentation on how the system works for Newtown Teachers.

You can watch the video here:

Click here to download a PDF of the Powerpoint presentation.

School Security Concerns Being Addressed

On January 25, I testified before the School Security Subcommittee of the Bipartisan Task Force On Gun Violence Prevention And Children's Safety. Included in my written testimony were initial concerns that had been raised by our teachers and, as I explained to legislators and some members of the media, many of those concerns had already been, or were in the process of being addressed and had not been verified by me or district leaders before being submitted.
As a member of the Newtown Security Committee, I can confidently say that we are working together to address all of the concerns that have been raised and keep everyone apprised of what has been done. This committee will continue to meet regularly and as updates become available we will post them on this website.
Tom Kuroski
President, Newtown Federation of Teachers

Newtown Teachers Pres. Kuroski Testifies Before School Security Task Force

The Bipartisan Task Force On Gun Violence Prevention And Children's Safety held its School Security Subcommittee hearing Jan. 25 in Hartford. Newtown Federation of Teachers President Tom Kuroski testified before the subcommittee.


NFT Pres. Tom Kuroski testifies before the School Security Subcommittee.


Sandy Hook Advisory Commission Begins Work

Governor Malloy's Sandy Hook Advisory Commission began work Jan. 24.

Newtown teacher Ron Chivinski (right) talks with former Newtown State Rep. Chris Lyddy and State Board of Education member and former technical high school teacher Patricia Keavney-Maruca.

Summary of Legislative Meeting

Legislative leaders called this meeting to see what needs existed for the employees impacted by the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. They solicited input from the group so that they could learn what could be done and what they could do to help.

Click here to read the summary of that meeting.

NFT Update

I hope you all are doing as well as you can be. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with all of you. I am writing to provide you with an update on what has happened and what is happening regarding teacher and district support since the events of 12/14/12.

U.S. Rep. DeLauro Reads Newtown Teachers' Letter at Gun Violence Prevention Hearing

At the Jan. 16 House hearing on gun violence prevention, U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro read into the record our letter to the committee.

"We have seen a tremendous amount of support from Congresswoman DeLauro and other public officials," said Tom Kuroski, president of Newtown Federation of Teachers. "Submitting this letter to Congress is just one of the many steps we are taking to ensure that the voices of our teachers are heard as we move forward to improve the safety of our schools and the students we teach."

Click here to download a PDF of the letter.


Ohio Crisis Response Team to Assist in Continued Counseling

The National Education Association brought in the Ohio Education Association Crisis Response Team to speak with Newtown teachers and other AFT members. Our local will be working to bring them back as AFT Connecticut develops a team of trained peer grief counselors.