Usually when I take the time to update our community on an education matter coming out of Hartford, it’s bad news. And heaven knows the current budget debacle and fiscal uncertainty provide enough fodder to fill plenty of pages. Instead though, I wanted to reach out and inform you about something good that came out of Hartford earlier this summer.
If you follow our Board of Education proceedings with any regularity, you may recall that we frequently cite “unfunded mandates” as a serious impediment to our work and drain on our financial resources. It seems that too often Hartford legislators slap together solutions for problems elsewhere in the state without bothering to fully understand the depths of the impact of implementing their new mandates. For several years, we felt like we were drowning in unfunded mandates. Among the more onerous requirements: