Senator Kelly, Representative Greene Host Education Forum in Seymour

March 15, 2012
Senator Kelly and Representative Greene speak at an education forum in Seymour.

Senator Kelly and Representative Greene speak at an education forum in Seymour.

Seymour – State Senator Kevin C. Kelly (R-21) and State Representative Len Greene (R-105) hosted an education forum with members of local government and the community at the Seymour Town Hall Norma Drummer Room on Wednesday, March 14th.

“The education reform package currently being considered at the legislature will have a major effect on schools and the teaching of our children throughout the state,” said Senator Kelly. “It is important to discuss these proposals with you so that we can gather feedback to share during the coming debate. I will continue to hold similar events and encourage you to reach out and share your concerns with me.”

The forum provided an opportunity for town officials to voice their concerns regarding the proposed education reform bill. Many shared concerns over tenure reform, linking certification to teacher evaluations, and the increased amount of public school funding that would be directed toward charter and magnet schools.

“This forum was a great opportunity to hear from local teachers, superintendents, board of education members and concerned parents about their feelings on the proposed changes to our education system,” said Representative Greene. “When it comes to education, it’s incumbent upon us as legislators to work side-by-side with the people who strive to provide our children with the best education possible. I am always available to talk more about this issue, and I am looking forward to attending more of these forums in the future.”

“These proposed reforms will certainly affect our public school system,” said First Selectman Kurt Miller. “It is essential that we have an open dialogue with our state legislators in Hartford. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to speak with them on this important matter.

The forum was attended by about 20 people, including the First Selectman, the Superintendant, teachers, and members of the Board of Education, Board of Finance and Board of Selectman.