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CCM, CEA, CABE, CAPSS, COST, AFT CT and CSEA SEIU Local 2001 to hold statewide Zoom news conference,  Thursday, September 23 at 10:00 a.m., on funding partnership needed to improve HVAC systems and assure acceptable air quality in CT public schools

CCM, CEA, CABE, CAPSS, COST, AFT CT and CSEA SEIU Local 2001 to hold statewide Zoom news conference, Thursday, September 23 at 10:00 a.m., on funding partnership needed to improve HVAC systems and assure acceptable air quality in CT public schools

Source: Kevin Maloney, CCM

The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM) in coalition with the Connecticut Education Association (CEA), the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE), the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS), the Council of Small Towns (COST), AFT Connecticut, and CSEA SEIU Local 2001, will conduct a news conference via Zoom on Thursday, September 23 at 10:00 a.m. to discuss the funding partnership needed with the State and the Lamont administration to improve school HVAC systems and assure air quality improvements in public schools across the state.
 
Here is the link to join the zoom meeting for the news conference  -- Time: Sep 23, 2021 10:00 AM 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85778882335?pwd=Tk9aWm95RGtZUUlBNE9LMFBtaEUzZz09
 
The coalition will present:

  • The need for a funding partnership with the state to address the costs.
  • Highlight cost burdens for needed HVAC repairs in school buildings across the state.
  • Summarize a recent CEA survey on air quality in schools and review acceptable temperature range in classrooms.
  • Discuss the impact of adequate air filtration on student learning, especially during a pandemic.
  • Address health fallout for teachers and students as a result of bad air quality in schools.
  • The need to set standards on air quality in schools.
  • Discuss why air quality in school is important to para-educators, clerical staff, bus drivers, cafeteria workers and other professionals.

The Connecticut General Assembly’s approval of Governor Lamont’s spending plan for federal funds under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) must include HVAC repairs needed by local public schools across the state; and HVAC repairs must be included as part of the State Department of Education’s annual bond funding to towns for school construction and repairs. As town and city officials remain vigilant on all public health related issues during the COVID pandemic, the quality of indoor air in public schools is critical to the health and safety of our students. 

The key speakers will be:

  • Joe DeLong, Executive Director & CEO, CCM 
  • Kate Dias, President, CEA (and math teacher at Manchester High School)
  • Michelle Embree Ku, Chairperson, Newtown Board of Education, CABE
  • Fran Rabinowitz, Executive Director, CAPSS
  • Dave Glidden, Executive Director, CSEA SEIU Local 2001

Other officials who will be present to field questions include: 

  • Don Williams, Executive Director, CEA
  • Robert Rader, Executive Director, CABE 
  • Jan Hochadel, President, AFT CT 
  • Betsy Gara, Executive Director, COST