Superintendent Brummett Testifies In Front Of Appropriations Committee Opposing State's Proposed Budget
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Maureen Brummett testified on February 21st before the State's Appropriations Committee in opposition of Governor Malloy's proposed budget.
Dr. Brummett, who has been an educator for over 30 years, noted in her testimony that the past ten months have been unprecedented in terms of educational funding. After the Plainville school district's 2016-17 operating budget was overwhelmingly approved through the town's referendum process last April, an additional $175,000 in cuts were made to Plainville's ECS (Education Cost Sharing) and Transportation grants. In September of 2016, the State Department of Education notified the school district of an additional $100,000 cut in funding to Plainville's Open Choice grant. Currently there are 118 Open Choice students in Plainville's schools, which is approximately 5% of the district's total enrollment. In January, an additional $95,000 in cuts were made to Plainville's ECS funding.
Dr. Brummett also addressed the Appropriations Committee about the devastating impact that would be incurred in Plainville in reaction to Governor Malloy's recent budget proposal announcement, which would result in a loss of approximately $1 million dollars in state aid for the next school year as a result of ECS and other grant reductions, and the requirement that municipalities must now pay 1/3 of the contribution for the Teacher's Retirement Fund. Dr. Brummett noted that if the current state budget proposal is not significantly modified, students, teaching, and learning in Plainville Community Schools will be impacted.
"I feel it is very important for our state legislators to understand how the governor's proposed budget would negatively impact students, teaching, and learning in Plainville. It is my sincere hope that my testimony as well as that of countless others who also spoke against the governor's budget will result in significant modifications that are not detrimental to our students," noted Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Maureen Brummett.
-Posted on February 27, 2017 at 02:19 PM
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