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Union chief: Teachers felt rushed after Newtown

  • Article by: SUSAN HAIGH
  • Associated Press
  • August 15, 2014 - 2:15 PM

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

Tom Kuroski, president of the Newtown Federation of Teachers, appeared Friday before the governor's Sandy 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.

Kuroski 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."

Kuroski 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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