Reps. Klarides, Klarides-Ditria Attend Education Meeting to Discuss Legislative session

Posted on January 16, 2019 by admin


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DERBY – State Representatives Themis Klarides and Nicole Klarides-Ditria met with local Board of Education members, Superintendents, Principals, teachers on Wednesday morning to hear their top issues impacting schools K-12. The annual legislative breakfast is hosted by the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education.

In attendance were superintendents, principals, teachers, and BOE Members, from Ansonia, Derby, Orange, Milford, Seymour, Woodbridge, and West Haven.

Many in attendance expressed their concerns about school safety for both teachers and students. In addition, funding teachers’ pensions, providing more opportunities for advanced manufacturing training, and ECS funding were discussed.

Rep. Klarides said, “Today’s classrooms are much different than they were ten years or even five years ago. I give teachers a lot of respect for the work they do day in and day out to teach our children. It’s important that we work this session to protect ECS funding for our communities and continue to prevent teachers’ pensions from being placed on the backs of our towns and cities.”

Rep. Klarides-Ditria added, “Teachers or students not feeling safe in a classroom is something that we need to fix. Having a safe classroom for all makes the learning experience more productive, which will lead to better performance by students. I will be talking to my colleagues this session to see if we can repass legislation to address school safety.”

Last year, Governor Dan Malloy vetoed S.B. 453, a school safety bill that made several changes to school safety laws – the bill was co-sponsored by both Reps. Klarides and Klarides-Ditria. Also, Governor Malloy vetoed a bill that would have prevented future governors from being able to cut ECS funding midyear.

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Orange Lawmakers Discuss Major Issues Impacting State

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ORANGE – State Representatives Themis Klarides, Charles Ferraro, and Kathy Kennedy hosted a legislative office hour on Monday night at the Case Memorial Library where they talked about the 2019 session, listened to residents and took dozens of questions about issues impacting the state.

The lawmakers talked briefly about the current legislative session that started on January 9th and gave residents a handout of the most recent major issues report that is produced by the nonpartisan Office of Legislative Research – residents can find the report by visiting www.cga.ct.gov/olr.

A majority of the conversation centered around three major topics the state budget, tolls, and the legalization of marijuana. In addition, residents expressed their concerns about the cost of electricity.

“Hosting office hours to hear from constituents is one of the best ways for us to connect with residents and to learn more about issues impacting our districts,” said Rep. Klarides. “I will continue to host frequent office hours throughout the session to give residents the opportunity to come to talk to me directly. But, if you can’t make one of my office hours please contact me at Themis.Klarides@housegop.ct.gov.”

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House GOP Leader Klarides statement on the early voting proposal

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“Any changes to the Constitution must be carefully considered because this debate could fundamentally alter the manner in which voters execute their democratic rights. In this most recent election, issues arose regarding balloting that have yet to be resolved. Voters rejected an early voting proposal in 2014 so the wording of a constitutional amendment must be crystal clear.’’