“We must close the achievement gap from the bottom up, not from the top down!”
HARTFORD– Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143), a member of the General Assembly’s Education Committee, today called for mandate relief forConnecticut’s consistently high-performing school districts. She was speaking at a press conference held by the CT Association of Boards of Education (CABE), the CT Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS), and the CT Association of School Business Officials (CASBO).
“While the governor’s education bill (SB 24) deals head-on with a wide range of issues that are causing so many of our state’s schools and their students to underachieve,” said Rep. Lavielle, “it leaves open the issue of how to make sure that our best schools can foster continuous improvement. We must close the achievement gap from the bottom up and not from the top down, and to do that, I believe we must give our best schools the freedom to keep doing what they do best. Many superintendents and Board of Education members from these districts agree that one way we can do this is by providing them substantial education mandate relief.
“Continuously high-performing districts have demonstrated that they have what it takes to provide students a fruitful learning experience, to develop excellent teachers, and to maintain high standards,” continued Rep. Lavielle. “But it’s essential that they be able to continue improving all the time. While their state funding may not increase, mandate relief will help the professionals at these schools spend available education dollars more efficiently and devote more time and resources to educating students.
“I hope that the Education Committee will be open to introducing language into SB 24 that will both define continuously high-performing districts and establish a process for identifying education mandates from which they should be relieved,” said Rep. Lavielle. “I look forward to proposing language and to discussing this concept with the entire committee as we debate SB 24.”