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Education and Student Support

Legislative democrats have failed to act in the best interest of our school children over the course of the pandemic and have left the governor free to impose restrictive measures which have caused irreparable harm to many of our youth. For more than two school years, children have been subject to failed online curriculums, persistent masking requirements, and constantly changing guidelines governing quarantining and interscholastic sports. Meanwhile, attempts to determine the prevalence of COVID spread among students has resulted in precious little information or satisfactory answers from our state agencies. The harm inflicted on our students is reflected not only in lower test scores, but also in reported increases in behavioral and mental health problems and increased absenteeism, especially in our urban communities. The American Academy of Pediatricians has declared a national emergency regarding children’s mental health. Hospital emergency departments are seeing high volumes of children with behavioral health needs which has placed an untenable burden on behavioral health services.

Preserving Education

  • Permit access to an alternative online k-12 school limited to children who are unable to attend school in-person.
  • Provide each caucus leader with an appointment to the State Board of Education which is currently made up of 14 gubernatorial appointed members. Leadership appointments would balance the board to ensure that the interests of our districts are represented when developing education policies.

Student Mental Health

  • Provide more mobile units dedicated to help schools with mental crisis intervention services. Reports indicate that behavioral and mental health problems among students are on the rise and additional mobile units could be readily deployed to assist when needed.
  • Protect children from the potential harmful effects that social media has on their mental health by requiring social networks to receive parental consent prior to activating an account of a child under 16 years of age.

Supporting Technical and Agriscience Opportunities

  • Require middle school guidance counselors to discuss with students the potential benefits of attending vocational schools and agriscience programs.
  • Reserve a portion of the Roberta Willis Scholarship fund for students interested in attending post-secondary vocational schools.

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PROTECTING THE PUBLIC

The impact of legislative Democrats’ persistent efforts to erode our state’s criminal justice system came into focus over the last year, and residents’ mounting concerns grew to include frightening crimes such as brazen carjackings, vehicles stolen with children inside, and criminals breaking into homes to grab keys to steal cars and use them in crime sprees.

FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

Many Connecticut families are struggling to keep up with inflation and a stagnant job market. It’s critical that the state legislature provides meaningful financial relief, not one-time gimmicks, to ease the burden of balancing the household check book.

GOVERNMENT THAT WORKS FOR YOU

As Republicans, we will continue to bring attention to wasteful spending and allegations of fraud, and we will fight to hold the state’s public agencies and programs accountable to you.

EDUCATION AND STUDENT SUPPORT

The state has not provided coherent guidance for teachers and students, with far too many children missing critical time in a physical classroom. Students have a right to safely achieving a high quality education. Supporting student and faculty needs, providing greater access to job readiness programs, and ensuring mental health services are available are important factors in getting our state’s education system back on track.

PROTECTING SMALL BUSINESS JOBS

Legislative Democrats have continually asked Connecticut’s business owners to pay onerous filing fees and taxes, while demanding they provide higher wages in the face of an unprecedented employment shortage. Connecticut’s job creators are the backbone of our state and local economies. Providing them with resources needed to fulfill training and job requirements, lessening tax thresholds, and removing red tape are top priorities this session.

2022 Legislative Proposals

House Republicans are presenting their legislative priorities for the 2022 session. These initiatives focus on restoring public safety, establishing good faith government practices, making life more affordable, ensuring educational resources are available to all students, and addressing the needs of Connecticut’s businesses.