Advocacy and Legislation
In response to the alarming cuts to ECS funding announced by OPM this week, attached is the media response issued by CABE and CAPSS and the list of cuts town-by-town. CABE will continue to promote our long standing position that every child in public school is entitled to state support for their education, and that it is imperative that local communities be able to rely on state commitments. We will need your help as we continue to vigorously pursue your interests when the legislative session begins on Wednesday, January 4, 2017.
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Connecticut school group makes special education funds a priority in 2016 - by Brian Zahn, New Haven Register
Connecticut Association of Boards of Education sees funding as major priority - by Jennifer Swift, New Haven Register
CABE Positions - Talking points on various legislative issues.
Lobbying Efforts - During the legislative session, we advocate CABE's positions in all legislative and regulatory arenas. The issues we follow on behalf of school board members have a direct effect on district budgets, employer-employee relations and the governance authority of every board in the state. (CABE staff: Patrice McCarthy and Sheila McKay)
Legal Services - We maintain a clearinghouse of current changes in state and federal law, including their interpretation by various courts, and we can respond to your legal questions with just a phone call. Our legal services complement the work of the school attorney including individual board counseling, legal research requests and information regarding new laws and court decisions affecting public education. We also participate in court cases involving the rights and responsibilities of Connecticut boards of education.
This year, the scope of the legal services we provide for you has expanded. We now offer a CEU professional development program to school administrators and teachers in school law and policy. We can instruct certified staff in such areas as confidentiality, school prayer, teacher evaluations, infectious disease precautions, search and seizure, Title IX and special education. (CABE staff: Patrice McCarthy and Rebecca Adams)
Media Relations - We continuously try to sharpen the understanding of the media and the public about the role boards of education play in shaping the future of public education and the quality of life of their local communities. CABE leaders visit the editorial boards of the state's metropolitan newspapers and several large regional newspapers, expressly to convey the position of school board members on noteworthy education trends and legislation in Hartford affecting school districts statewide.