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Musto And Ayala Urge Butler School Students To Contact Higher Ed

January 3rd, 2013 · 2 Comments · Education, News and Events

News release from State Senator Anthony Musto and Andres Ayala who will be sworn in next week as the new senator for Connecticut’s 23rd District, replacing Ed Gomes.

HARTFORD, CT – Senator Anthony Musto (D-Trumbull) and Representative Andres Ayala (D-Bridgeport) are urging students at the Butler Business School in Bridgeport to contact the Office of Higher Education for assistance in the wake of the abrupt closure of their school. Students can register their contact information by visiting www.ctohe.org or by contacting the Education & Employment Center at 1-800-842-0229 or edinfo@ctohe.org.

“The most important thing at this early stage is that Butler Business School students not have their studies interrupted by this school closure,” said Senator Musto. “I highly encourage all students to register their information with the Office of Higher Education so that they may have their questions answered regarding continuing their studies and any potential tuition issues.”

The Butler Business School, along with the Sawyer Schools in Hamden and Hartford, notified the Office of Higher Education of their closure on December 30, 2012. The legislature passed a bill requiring all schools give at least 60 days notice of a school closure. The Butler and Sawyer schools are in violation of this statute. The Office of Higher Education is exploring options to deal with the school closures and affected students.

“As an educator, I am very disturbed by the unexpected closure of the Butler Business School,” remarked Representative Ayala. “The state has measures in place to ensure school closures do minimal harm. It is disappointing that this school chose to act with so little regard for its students.”

“Our priority is to see that students have an opportunity to complete their studies,” said Jane A. Ciarleglio, Executive Director of the Office of Higher Education, in a release earlier this week. “Connecticut’s private occupational schools have a strong tradition of serving students, and such sudden closures are highly unusual in our state. We encourage all impacted students to register with our Office so that we may learn of their status and help answer their questions about finishing their coursework and obtaining potential tuition reimbursements.”

The Butler Business School first opened in 1957 and had 415 students enrolled for the 2010-11 school year. Before closing, the school had received federal financial aid funding and offered a training program for aspiring medical assistants and secretaries.

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  • John Marshall Lee

    I see where our senior Senator Blumenthal is looking into this matter now. For years as Attorney General he pursued real and potential injustice as the legal eagle in CT. What type of safety net did he understand was in place, or what type of sanctions did he suggest be in place to make this type of last-minute exit plan by a business be unthinkable? The amount of borrowing that is the responsibility of young people for a future they cannot directly pursue should be an actionable issue it seems. Time will tell.

  • Mojo

    *** Go Richie Go! As a matter of fact all the city’s legislative reps should get involved in seeing this investigation through from beginning to end, no? ***

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