"An investment in teachers is not only an investment in a quality education for all of Connecticut's children, but also an investment in our state's future prosperity," said Dodd. "Laying off teachers would create a ripple effect that could lead to program cuts and larger class sizes, which means less individual focus and teacher attention for all of our state's students."
That's why, in order to save our educators' jobs and to continue to strengthen Connecticut's school system, I've joined my colleagues to introduce the Keep Our Educators Working Act. This critical bill would provide for a $23 billion jobs fund to keep our teachers in the classroom-and build a better future for all of our children."
The Keep Our Educators Working Act would fund compensation, benefits, and other expenses necessary to retain existing employees, and for the hiring of new employees, in order to provide early childhood, elementary, secondary, or postsecondary educational and related services. Additionally, it would support on-the-job training activities for education-related careers.
Senator Dodd is a cosponsor of the Keep Our Educators Working Act, a bill that would create a fund which would be used to help save counselors, teachers, and principals jobs. Learn more about the bill by clicking here (pdf).
On September 26, 2007, ten plaintiffs filed suit in response to an arrest of aday laborers at a public park in Danbury, Connecticut. Plaintiffs amended their complaint on November 26, 2007.
The amended complaint states that plaintiffs sought to remedy the continued discriminatory and unauthorized enforcement of federal immigration laws against the Latino residents of the City of Danbury by Danbury's mayor and its police department.
Plaintiffs allege that the arrests violated their Fourth Amendment rights and the Connecticut Constitution because defendants conducted the arrests without valid warrants, in the absence of exigent circumstances, and without probable cause to believe that plaintiffs were engaged in unlawful activity. In addition, plaintiffs allege that defendants improperly stopped, detained, investigated, searched and arrested plaintiffs. Plaintiffs also allege that defendants violated their Fourteenth Amendment rights when they intentionally targeted plaintiffs, and arrested and detained them on the basis of their race, ethnicity and perceived national origin. Plaintiffs raise First Amendment, Due Process and tort claims.
Plaintiffs request declaratory relief, damages and attorneys fees.