The agenda is out for the Special Meeting of the Hartford Board of Education to be held on Tuesday, February 4, 2014. The meeting beings at 5:30 pm at the Fred E. Wish Museum School located at 350 Barbour St in Hartford.
One of the first items on the agenda is the “Public Comment” period. In an unprecedented move, the agenda reads that that Public Comment is “limited to business items”.
The last item is an agenda is an Executive Session to discuss a personnel matter and entitled [Steve Perry].
Assuming this is still America where Freedom of Speech is guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the constitution of the State of Connecticut, one has to assume that public comments can be addressed to the Steve Perry issue since it is on the “agenda” although the language limited public comment to “business items” is bizarre to say the least.
So as long as the Superintendent and Board don’t try to stifle public comments, this may well be the only time parents and community members can address the Hartford Board of Education before they meet in Executive Session to discuss Steve Perry’s flagrant violations of Board policies and potential violations of state law.
And here is a rather odd item:
The Hartford Board of Education Agenda for Tuesday contains a rather strange note that explains that the “Public Comment” period is recommended to last no more than 30 minutes.
In all previous sessions of the Hartford Board of Education, the “Public Comment” section is called a “Dialogue Session” and almost never included a “recommended” time limit. The few times a time limit was listed it read – (Recommended 60 minutes)According to previous Hartford Board of Education agenda, there was no time limit for the following meetings: 11/19/2013 10/15/2013 9/19/2013 8/27/2013 7/27/2013 3/19/2013 2/19/2013 1/15/2013 A “Recommended 60 minute time limit for the Dialogue session was listed for two meetings: 1/27/2014 and 12/19/2013
Those concerned about whether the Board of Education is trying to remove your guaranteed right to free speech may want to check with the Superintendent, Board of Education Chairman or Mayor before the meeting.
Superintendent Kishimoto: [email protected]
Mayor Pedro Segarra: [email protected]
The Tuesday February 4th meeting agenda can be found at: