Governor signs Lavielle’s mandate relief bill into law

With bipartisan co-sponsors, a bill authored by state Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143) will provide local school districts from unfunded mandates. It was signed into law by Gov. Dannel Malloy on July 11..

Lavielle authored the bill, HB 7276, with input from multiple superintendents, Board of Education members, and education advocates. She assembled a bipartisan list of 62 cosponsors, and it eventually passed 126-23 in the House and unanimously in the Senate.

Provisions of the new law include:

  • Eliminating the requirement for school districts to adopt a regional calendar;

  • Requiring the state to survey districts’ use of management and reporting software with a view toward eventually providing a statewide option at no cost to districts;

  • Allowing districts to decide how they provide education to expelled students;

  • Allowing districts to focus training in procedures for handling highly sensitive behavioral issues on specially designated staff who have direct contact with students.

“With this new law, we have done a really positive thing for educators, parents, and students across the state of Connecticut,” Lavielle said in a press release. “School districts that have been squeezed by delays, uncertainties, and budget cuts related to the state’s fiscal crisis can breathe a small sigh of relief in knowing that they now have fewer vexing mandates to contend with. The flexibility granted by this new law should lead to savings of time and money for school districts and allow teachers, administrators, and school staff to place an even greater emphasis on serving students.”