Monday, March 10, 2008

CT Withdrawal Bill - SB162 The List Of Co-Sponsors Grows

CT Legislative Office Building, Hartford

The Bi-partisan support for this legislation, the original language put forth by Rep. Arthur O'Neill, is growing. Legislators now signed on as co-sponsors to this bill are:

Sen. Edith G. Prague, 19th Dist.
Rep. Vincent J. Candelora, 86th Dist.
Rep. Arthur J. O'Neill, 69th Dist.
Rep. Pamela Z. Sawyer, 55th Dist.
Rep. Richard F. Ferrari, 62nd Dist.
Rep. Ruth C. Fahrbach, 61st Dist.
Rep. Al Adinolfi, 103rd Dist.
Sen. Robert J. Kane, 32nd Dist.
Rep. Patricia M. Widlitz, 98th Dist.
Sen. Dan Debicella, 21st Dist.
Rep. Anne L. Ruwet, 65th Dist.
Rep. Richard Roy, 119th Dist.
Rep. Lawrence G. Miller, 122nd Dist.
Rep. Elizabeth B. Ritter, 38th Dist.
Rep. Shawn T. Johnston, 51st Dist.
Rep. Deborah W. Heinrich, 101st Dist.
Rep. Anthony J. D'Amelio, 71st Dist.
Rep. Jason W. Bartlett, 2nd Dist.
Rep. Ron Burns, 77th Dist.

and of course the legislators who passed it unanimously out of the Children's Committee were:

Sen. Meyer
Rep. McMahon
Sen. Harp
Rep. Mioli
Sen. Freedman
Rep. Ruwet
Rep. Giuliano
Rep. Mushinsky
Rep. Thompson, J.
(Rep Truglia was absent).

We, and our members, have also heard from other legislators who plan to support this bill as it is currently written, and these are just a few:

Sen. Sam Caligiuri
Sen. Stillman
Rep. Jutila
Rep. Witkos
Rep. Nafis
Rep. Jarmoc
Rep. Kalinowski
Rep. Hamm
Rep. Mike Alberts

Here is what the bill says:
when a parent or guardian of a child provides by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the principal of the school that the child attends, to the superintendent of schools for the school district in which such school is located or the local or regional board of education for such school district, written notice originated by and signed by the parent or guardian of the child stating that the parent or guardian is withdrawing the child from enrollment in a public school and will provide instruction for the child as required pursuant to section 10-184, the principal of the school that the child attends, the superintendent and the local or regional board of education shall accept such notice and shall deem the child withdrawn from enrollment in the public school immediately upon receipt of such notice;

We are still waiting to see if the Chairs of the Education Committee will put this bill on their agenda and vote it out of their committee as is and with no changes. The deadline is March 19th to get this bill out of committee. Additionally, many parents and legislators have already voiced their objection regarding any changes to this language as originally put forth by Rep. Arthur O'Neill. The above language is simple and clear - school districts MUST ACCEPT the withdrawal when parents give the school notice to do so.