School board member Maria Pereira is urging education advocates to attend or issue testimony regarding the state legislature’s Education Committee’s public hearing Tuesday on Governor Dan Malloy’s proposed education spending. From Pereira:
I am asking everyone and anyone who cares about the academic and social well-being of our over 21,000 BPS children to either submit testimony or attend the Education Committee’s Public Hearing on Governor Malloy’s proposed Education Budget.
The hearing will be scheduled as follows:
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 in the Legislative Office Building located in Hartford.
It is scheduled to begin at 4:00PM, however sign-up begins at 9:00AM.
The BOE is providing a bus to Hartford which will depart 45 Lyon Terrace at 1:00PM.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in going to Hartford to testify. We need your full name prior to your arrival in Hartford so we can have legislative aids sign you up at 9:00AM. Based on the proposed budget that negatively impacts over 139 towns/cities, a large turnout is expected.
Public Hearings normally allow three (3) minutes in public testimony. Please prepare and time yourself for a three-minute statement.
The proposed budget is a disaster for our 21,000 students.
Here is the breakdown:
2017 ECS Funding = $181,105.4
2018 ECS Funding = $155,146.9
ECS REDUCTION = -$25,958.5
Elimination of Special Ed. Excess Cost Grant = -$4,886.0
TOTAL REDUCTION = -$30,844.5
Added Cost of 1/3 of Teacher Pensions = -$12,908.0
Total Reduction + Teacher Pension Costs = -$43,792.5
New Special Education Grant Allocation = $39,109.5
Net Loss = -$4,658,000
Bridgeport was a plaintiff in the CCJEF lawsuit that took nine years to wind through the courts to finally prevail, but Governor Malloy has proposed a budget in which Bridgeport would LOSE almost $5,000,000 next year. However, Governor Malloy has budgeted $22,000,000 for new charter schools and charter school expansion.
Please help us stand up for our 21,000 true public school students.