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.