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Union Chief: Teachers Felt Rushed After Newtown

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Sandy Hook Elementary School (Photo by Connecticut State Police via Getty Images)

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SUSAN HAIGH
Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The president of the local teachers union says his members felt rushed back to the classroom after the 2012 mass shooting in Newtown.

Tom Kurkowski, president of the Newtown Federation of Teachers, appeared Friday before the governor’sSandy Hook Advisory Commission. He says other school districts that have experienced similar events gave their teachers time to get thorough training to help children returning to school.

Kurkowski said a “one-day workshop, where our input wasn’t even listened to, was not something that we thought was moving us in the right direction.”

Kurkowski also expressed concerns that federal funding to improve school security didn’t come until recently. But he praised the availability of mental health services for teachers.

Twenty first-graders and six educators were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

 

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