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New Canaan Parents Invited To Meeting On School Mandates

State Representative Gail Lavielle calls for a public meeting on state mandates at Bedford Middle School.
State Representative Gail Lavielle calls for a public meeting on state mandates at Bedford Middle School. Photo Credit: Bedford Middle School

WESTPORT, Conn. -- Bring your views on educational mandates to a public meeting at the Westport Bedford Middle School hosted by state Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143rd District).

The purpose of the meeting is to help identify state mandates that may be detrimental to teaching and learning in Connecticut’s public schools, Lavielle said in a release. She represents parts of Norwalk, Westport and Wilton.

The meeting will be held Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. The school is located at 88 North Ave. in Westport.

The event will be run like a public hearing, and all in attendance will have an opportunity to speak. Participants from any school district in the state are welcome to attend and voice opinions.

Everyone is encouraged to submit written comments, particularly because speakers may be asked to summarize their remarks if attendance is high.

Lavielle is one of the appointees to a task force created during the 2013 legislative session to identify opportunities to offer relief to public schools from mandates that may hurt their ability to provide the best possible education to students. She authored the section of the bill that required the creation of the task force.

She will be presiding at the meeting and listening comments along with other task force members, including Colleen Palmer, superintendent of the Weston Public Schools.

“Teachers are overburdened with administrative tasks, and towns are under constant pressure from escalating costs in their schools," said Lavielle in a statement. "Mandate relief can help school districts save money by operating more efficiently and free up resources to devote more time to educating students and to pursue real innovation in learning that will benefit every Connecticut school district."

Those who cannot attend the Westport meeting or would like to submit written comments may email Lavielle or call her at 860-240 -8700.

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