POSITION PAPER ON SB 1019
JOSEPH J. CIRASUOLO, ED.D
The CT Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) which represents the superintendents of CT’s public school districts is opposed to the enactment of SB 1019 which would give individual board members on the boards of education of regional school districts veto power over decisions supported by the majority of the members of the board of education. This opposition is based on the following considerations.
- The bill is sought by only one community in one regional school district yet the bill has ramifications for all regional school districts. Before a bill with such ramifications is enacted, all regional school districts should be involved in the conversations that lead up to such legislation.
- The bill gives a minority faction of a school board the right to impose its will upon the entire board. This is essentially undemocratic.
- The bill violates the one person one vote legal criterion by giving more voting weight to the representatives of a community that has fewer residents than the other communities that are served by a regional school district.
CAPSS recognizes the fact that there are instances when the residents of one community served by a regional school district have views that are significantly at odds with the views of the residents of other communities served by a district. CAPSS also recognizes the need to address such a situation. Simply giving more voting weight to the representatives of the community with fewer residents, however, is not the appropriate way in which to address such a situation.
Instead the Legislature should convene a process that involves school board members and the superintendents of schools of a number of regional school districts with a view to charging those involved in the process to bring to the Legislature by 1/1/18 recommendations for what needs to be done to resolve serious disagreements between and among communities served by the same regional school district.