Public Hearing on Forced School Regionalization on Friday 3/1/19

Posted on February 27, 2019 by admin


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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Many constituents have communicated concerns over legislative proposals to force smaller school districts to regionalize into much larger ones.  On Friday, March 1st at 1:00 in Room 2E of the Legislative Office Building, the Education Committee will be holding a public hearing on this topic.

The legislative proposals being heard are:

Senate Bill 457 AN ACT CONCERNING THE SIZE OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS 

Requires any school district with a student population of fewer than two thousand students to join a new or an existing regional school district until that district equals two thousand or more.

Senate Bill 738 AN ACT CONCERNING THE CREATION OF REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS

Requires towns to join state-created regional school districts similar in size to the state’s Probate Districts.

Governor’s Bill SB 874 AN ACT CONCERNING EDUCATION INITIATIVES AND SERVICES IN CONNECTICUT 

Creates a state Commission on Shared School Services for the purpose of developing a statewide plan for the redistricting or consolidation of school services and school districts.

The concept of state-forced regionalization is supported by the Senate President, Martin Looney, and the Senate Majority Leader, Bob Duff. Governor Lamont supports forming a commission that would create a statewide plan for forced regionalization and penalize school districts that don’t participate.

If passed, these bills could negatively affect the quality of education in Barkhamsted, Granby, Hartland and New Hartford. Forced regionalization could also harm our property values, quality of life and may not deliver promised cost savings. I believe decisions involving regionalization of education and school services should be made locally, voluntarily and not by bureaucrats and politicians in Hartford.

Whether you support these ideas or not, I would encourage you to make your voice heard.

MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD – Do you want to express your thoughts about these two bills?

You can have your voice heard by submitting written testimony to the committee or you can testify in person.

You can submit written testimony by sending an email to edtestimony@cga.ct.gov. Please make sure to reference the bill numbers you are submitting testimony for/against and copy me on the email at: Bill.Simanski@housegop.ct.gov.

Electronic testimony needs to be submitted no later than 3:30 PM on Thursday, Feb. 28th.

Here is how you can testify in person:

This is anticipated to be a long hearing, so plan accordingly if you plan on attending.

Sincerely,

Bill Simanski – 62nd District

Barkhamsted, Granby, Hartland & New Hartford

As always, feel free to reach out to me at 860-240-8700 or Bill.Simanski@housegop.ct.gov.