I’m pleased to inform you that a public hearing has been scheduled for proposed legislation related to the controversial Common Core standards and teacher evaluation system. The Co-Chairs of the Education Committee will hold a March 12 hearing in Room 1E of the Legislative Office Building.
Education Committee leaders set the hearing to begin at noon even though we urged them to do it at a more convenient time that would ensure the greatest level of participation from the stakeholders — parents and educators who find it difficult to travel to Hartford in the middle of the work day.
I still encourage your participation on March 12th, either by testifying in person or in writing.
I’ve provided information below about how to participate in a public hearing. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact my office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-240-8700.
Rep. Themis Klarides
Woodbridge, Orange, Derby
Who can testify at a public hearing?
Anyone may testify at a public hearing.
What are the rules?
The rules vary by committee. The notice of the public hearing in the Bulletin (cga.ct.gov) provides basic rule information.
How long should testimony be?
Testimony should be no longer than three minutes.
Should I bring copies of testimony?
Written testimony is not required but is recommended. If you bring written testimony, you must bring a copy for every committee member. Your testimony can also be submitted electronically by contacting each committee in advance for the correct email address.
Education Committee Rules:
Please email a PDF copy of your written testimony to EDTestimony@cga.ct.gov by 2:00 P.M. on March 11 and include the word “Testimony” in the subject line.
Written testimony will be accepted in Room 3100 of the LOB until 9:30 A.M. on the date of the hearing. Please submit 35 copies. Written testimony submitted after 9:30 A.M. will not be distributed in hard copy form. Sign-up for the hearing will begin at 8:30 A.M. in the First Floor Atrium of the LOB, will be by lottery, and will conclude at 9:30 A.M. The first hour of the hearing is reserved for Elected Officials and Agency Heads. Once they have finished speaking, students will be given the next priority to speak. Students and Elected Officials and Agency Heads do not have to wait in line for the lottery–sign ups for these groups is by a first-come-first-served basis. They may walk up to the table, identify themselves, and they will be signed up on the proper sheet. All testimony will be available at http://cga.ct.gov/ed.