Dec 2, 2014 1:18 AM

Newtown teachers to meet with union leaders

The Associated Press

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) Teachers and other school employees in Newtown are meeting with local and national union leaders to discuss issues stemming from the 2012 shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten is meeting privately with educators on Tuesday. Weingarten and local union leaders are expected to discuss their impressions of the progress Newtown teachers are making in their recovery and other issues including access to mental health services, gun safety and school security.

At a school board meeting Tuesday evening, Weingarten is presenting a collage as a tribute to the six educators slain in the massacre.

Gunman Adam Lanza killed his mother on Dec. 14, 2012, and drove to the Sandy Hook school where he killed 20 children and the educators before committing suicide.

The Newtown school district has received more than $6 million in grants from the federal Department of Education for counseling and other services for parents, students and staff members.

In announcing the latest grant in September, the Education Department said an assessment by the district shows a belief that school is unsafe "still pervades the community." Severe post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression and grief continue to affect students' performances in and out of the classroom, the agency said.

Newtown education officials have said half the students in the Sandy Hook Elementary School the day of the shootings have moved on to middle school, which now requires attention for possible counseling and other services.

The local union leaders expected to appear with Weingarten are Newtown Federation of Teachers president Tom Kuroski and AFT Connecticut vice president Steve McKeever.


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