Alan Beitman Superintendent of Schools for Burlington and Harwinton is urging parents to speak out and contact lawmakers at the state capitol to increase pressure to pass a budget soon.
Beitman sent out an email to parents saying “I wanted to remind you that we have no State budget and this is negatively impacting Region 10’s students, programs, staff, and parents.”
“Please consider calling and or emailing the Governor and legislators and sharing your concerns. We don’t want to make cuts beyond those that have already been taken.”
The school system is planning to cut at least $1.6 million from its annual budget and to lay off at least 18 staff in the coming weeks.
Beitman expressed frustration with the continuing budget impasse and the mixed messages coming from legislators and the governor regarding funds for education.
“Just tell us what the bottom line is. Let us at least deal with it.” said Beitman.
Connecticut has been operating under an executive order since July 1st when the legislature failed to pass a budget. The issue affects school districts across the state. 85 will have state aid funding completely slashed and 54 will experience significantly less funding.
This is the list of legislator’s numbers and e-mails Bietman provided:
Dannel Malloy 800-406-1527
Beth Bye 860-240-8600
John Piscopo 860-240-8700
Henri Martin 800-842-1421
Governor Malloy’s aide Kelly Donnelly email@example.com
Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz Joe.Aresimowicz@cga.ct.gov
House Majority Leader Matt Ritter Matthew.Ritter@cga.ct.gov
House Minority Leader of the House Themis Klarides Themis.Klarides@housegop.ct.gov
House Deputy Minority Leader Vin Candelora Vincent.Candelora@housegop.ct.gov
Senate Pro Tempore Martin Looney Looney@senatedems.ct.gov
Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff Bob.Duff@cga.ct.gov
Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano Len.Fasano@cga.ct.gov
Senate Minority Leader Kevin Witkos Kevin.Witkos@cga.ct.gov