Speak Out! Public Hearing on Forced Regionalization

February 22, 2019

Multiple bills that would force towns and cities to regionalize school districts will be discussed at a public hearing in Hartford on Friday, March 1, 2019.

The proposals, made by Connecticut Democrats, include a bill that would force any school district with fewer than 2,000 students to regionalize. Another bill would force any town with a population of fewer than 40,000 to consolidate with other towns to form new school districts matching the state probate court districts (click to view a map of what regions could look like).

While encouraging towns to share services can be beneficial, forcing towns and cities to regionalize their school districts without considering their unique needs raises concerns.

This public hearing is an opportunity to make your voice heard and share your opinion on these proposals. Here’s how to speak out:

  • Send a brief email to edtestimony@cga.ct.gov
  • Put “Bill 457 and Bill 738” in the subject line.
  • Include your name and town.

If you can, attend the public hearing on Friday, March 1, 2019 at 1:00 pm in Room 2E of the Legislative Office Building, 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford. If you cannot attend you can still submit testimony as explained above.

You can read more and track the bills at the following links: