The push to balance the state budget by shifting costs to cities and towns doesn’t sit well with Connecticut voters and should be rejected. Any cost shift plan would increase property taxes and cut needed town services for Connecticut residents, whose property tax rates are already among the highest in the country.
According to a new Local Property Tax Responsibility Survey, 67 percent of Connecticut voters are against plans to use local property taxes to balance the state budget. Even more voters, 72 percent, oppose balancing the budget by using local property taxes, instead of state funds, to cover teacher retirement costs. The survey found that residents do not want the state to shift its financial obligations onto them, and if that happens, voters will make their dissatisfaction known at the polls next year.
“If we can get students involved in about 15-20 school districts to actually think through how they would design schooling for themselves, we would make a lot of progress towards mastery-based personalized learning,” said Dr. Joe Cirasuolo, Executive Director at CAPPS, summarizing the goals of CAPSS’ High School Reimagined Project.
This progress was clearly demonstrated when students recently presented their four final resolutions to the Board of Education, including Dr. Dianna Wentzell, Commissioner, for consideration. (Prior to that, students had presented resolutions to CAPSS’ Board of Directors.)
“Some of the proposals do have components of them that the State Board of Education could pick up and act upon or direct the Department to act upon. Some of the other proposals require statutory change, so it’s important that we help the students then bring those proposals to legislators so that perhaps they could become part of legislative proposals in the future,” said Dr. Wentzell.
“We’re going to make sure that happens. Some of those ideas are going to get implemented. I’m not only impressed, I’m inspired, I’m enthusiastic,” said Dr. Cirasuolo.
Randy Collins and Charles Rothenberger speak to current legislative issues that need your voice. Contact your legislators to express concern or show your support for a number of bills. Follow the link provided below to view videos, summaries and quick links to a list of local Senate and House members.
EdSurge recently published this article, written by Dr. William C. Collins, Superintendent of Newington Public Schools.
"Unless we believe that every truly means every, and all truly means all, our mission statements will continue to hang limply upon the wall, merely unachievable words by institutions designed for yesterday, yet expecting tomorrow."
Students at the Center Hub recently published an article entitled Why Engaging Parents Matters: Maloney High School.
In a recent "Parent Walk", Francis T. Maloney High School invited parents and guardians to experience student-centered learning in action.
Technology-assisted education has, among other advantages, three components especially important to student-centered learning:
- It assists teachers and students in monitoring progress on the standards toward learning milestones.
- It provides one method of allowing students to progress to mastery at their own pace.
- If done correctly, is a key tool in efforts to provide an equitable education for all.
The importance of technology in life, work and the classroom in the 21st century and its critical role in Connecticut’s educational system being transformed to one that is student-centered and mastery-based is elaborated upon in Leverage Technology, one of 11 themes in CAPSS’ NextEd: Next Steps report, A Vision and a Plan for Transforming Connecticut’s Education System.
The report may be viewed/downloaded here.
The CT Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS), which represents the superintendents of CT’s public school districts, has very serious concerns about one of the provisions of SB 797. The provision is related to the section of the bill that would result in the establishment of a Special Education Advisory Council.
CAPSS is strongly opposed to any new and unfunded State mandate that would require the training of paraprofessionals. The organization takes this position for the following reasons:
The CT Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS), which represents the superintendents of CT’s public school systems and the members of the central office staffs of those systems, recommends an alternative to that section of the recommendations of the Department of Education that addresses graduation requirements for students who attend public high school in CT. The alternative is the one that is endorsed by the CT Boards of Education (CABE), the CT Association of Schools (CAS) along with CAPSS.
The CT Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS), which represents the superintendents of CT’s public school systems and the members of the central office staffs of those systems, joins the CT Association of Boards of Education (CABE) the CT Association of Schools (CAS), the CT Council for Education Reform (CCER) and the CT Coalition for Achievement(ConnCAN) in its call for a new single funding system for public education in CT, a system that is based on what it actually costs to education a child in the State’s public schools. CAPSS, therefore, joins the other four organizations in making the following statement.
(CBS Connecticut) – Connecticut education leaders have written President Donald Trump, seeking clarification about his administration’s policies regarding the roundup of undocumented immigrants.
Last week a direct appeal was made to President Trump from education leaders in Connecticut.Details
Dr. Joseph Cirasuolo, Executive Director of CAPSS, spoke with several Connecticut news agencies yesterday about the need to protect public school students from being apprehended in their classrooms by federal agents and/or state and local officials for the purpose of potential deportation.
The CT Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS), which represents the superintendents of CT’s public school districts, is pleased to see that the legislature is considering giving school districts some relief from the approximately 400 unfunded mandates under which CT’s school districts are forced to operate often at the expense of providing for the children served by the districts the educational program that could be provided for them if the mandate burden was relieved. Accordingly, CAPSS does support a number of the components of RB 7276 AN ACT CONCERNING EDUCATION MANDATE RELIEF.
The CT Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS), which represents the superintendents of CT’s public school systems and the members of the central office staffs of those systems, has the following comments regarding the Governor’s recommendation for State financial support for public education in school years 2017-18 and 2018-19.
CAPSS, which represents the superintendents of CT’s public school districts, strongly supports enactment of SB 1008, AN ACT CONCERNING THE FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY OF BOARDS OF EDUCATION RESULTING FROM RESIDENTIAL PLACEMENTS BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES (DDS), for the several reasons.
CAPSS, which represents the superintendents of CT’s public school district, supports enactment of HB 7255, AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO CONDUCT A FEASIBILITY STUDY REGARDING THE CREATION OF A SPECIAL EDUCATION PREDICTABLE COST COOPERATIVE, for several reasons.
CAPSS, which represents the superintendents of CT’s public school districts, opposes enactment of HB 7252, AN ACT ESTABLISHING AN ADJUDICATION PROCESS FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION AND THE RIGHT OF PARENTS TO OBSERVE THEIR CHILD AT SCHOOL, in its present form for several reasons.
Dear Mr. President:
Members of boards of education, superintendents of schools and their central office staffs, school building administrators, especially teachers and most especially children in CT’s public schools are alarmed throughout the state by the specter of federal agents and/or state and local officials who assist them coming to schools and/or school events and apprehending children for the purpose of potential deportation. The alarm itself is disrupting learning and if federal agents and/or state and local officials who assist them begin apprehending children in schools and/or school events, the alarm and the resultant disruption in learning will be extremely harmful to all children who attend CT’s public schools.
The CT Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS), which represents the superintendents of CT’s public school systems and the members of the central office staffs of those systems, strongly opposes the provision of HB 7050, An Act Concerning Enhancements to Municipal Finance and Accountability which would in effect require municipalities to cover annually 1/3 of the contribution that the State is obligated to make to the Teacher Retirement Pension Program.
CAPSS recognizes the need to make sure that the Teacher Retirement System is actuarially sound and that it does not place upon the State a financial burden that will be crippling in the future to the provision of State programs, assistance and services. The Act’s provision that in effect would compel municipalities to shoulder 1/3 of the financial burden for the System does nothing to make the System sound and sustainable. All it does is transfer from the State to local municipalities the result of the fact that the System has not been studied for soundness and sustainability.
This transferal to the local level is not without consequences because it is highly unlikely that local governments would accommodate the transferal without establishing school system budgets that would reduce the programs being offered to children served by the school systems.
CAPSS presents a Leadership and Learning Series:
Technology Tools that Leverage Student Centered Learning
Designed for leadership teams consisting of Superintendents, board members, and key district/school leaders, this multiple session series will highlight the digital trends and tools that are transforming teaching and learning in support of student centered learning and 21st century skills.
April 26, 2017
Session 1 : Critical Thinking for the Information Age
8:30am - 11:30am
Session 2 : An Introduction to Skills 21
12:30pm - 2:30pm
May 18, 2017
Session 3: Leveraging Social Media to your Personalized learning Initiative
8:30am - 11:30am
100 Berlin Road, Cromwell, CT
CABE, CAS, CCER, ConnCAN and CAPSS call upon State policy makers to initiate this year a collaborative process that includes representatives of all those who deliver public education services in CT as well as representatives of all those who are impacted by those services with a view to a recommendation for a new funding system being presented to the Governor and Legislature by January 1, 2018.
The current "burden of proof" law forces School Districts to make a business decision about a child’s education to protect the financial interests of the District rather than an educational decision that benefits the needs of the individual child. Additionally, the law diverts increasingly underfunded resources away from all students in the district.
Governor Malloy’s outline for funding education, which includes changing the cost-sharing formula for towns and cities to make it “more equitable”, and its impact on CT public schools was the subject of an interview by Fox 61 with Dr. Joseph Cirasuolo.
CAPSS, as representatives for the superintendents of CT’s public school districts, is opposed to proposals that would allow school districts with a sufficiently small student enrollment to not employ a superintendent of schools. This opposition is based on the following facts:
- There are 28 school districts in CT with only one school in the district. Of those districts:
- Sixteen are led by part time superintendents who are paid to work only two days a week.
- Nine are led by regional school district superintendents who are shared with other school districts.
- Three are led by full time superintendents.
- Under present legislation, any two or more boards of education can hire the same individual to serve the two or more school districts as long as that individual is certified by the State of CT to be a superintendent of schools.
- Under present legislation, any board of education can select the same individual to serve as both a principal of a school and as the superintendent for the district as long as that individual is certified by the State to serve as both a principal and a superintendent.
- Under present legislation, any school board can make the superintendency for its district part time.
- Proponents of the proposal to allow certain boards of education to not employ a superintendent claim that if enacted, the proposal could result in cost savings without sacrificing efficient and effective leadership for a school district.
Impact Of Mid-Year ECS Reductions In State Financial Aid To Education In 2016-17 & Anticipated Further Reduction In State Financial Aid To Education In 2017-18
The What Will Our Children Lose Coalition (WWOCLC), composed of the CT Association of School Business Officials (CASBO), the CT Association of Boards of Education (CABE), the CT Association of Schools (CAS) and the CT Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS), is concerned about the impact that the mid-year reduction in state financial aid to education in 2016-17 and the anticipated further reduction in state financial aid to education in 2017-18 is having on the quality of the educational programs that are being offered to Connecticut children. While the WWOCLC recognizes the apparently severe fiscal restraints that Connecticut now faces and does not second guess Governor Malloy or the Legislature in regards to how much governmental services they can provide, the WWOCLC wants to make it clear to all Connecticut residents the impact these reductions in state aid for education will have on the programs offered to public school children. That impact will be felt primarily in the areas outlined here: