Yesterday’s news headlines read:
State education board eyes closing 2 vo-tech schools, other cuts (CT Mirror 10/5/16)
The message to Connecticut’s young people was clear and concise. Think twice before planning to go to one of Connecticut’s Vocational-Technical High Schools.
It was déjà vu all over again!
Governor Dannel Malloy talks a good game about making Connecticut’s children “college and career” ready, but his actions and his budget plans speak louder than words. In fact, they tell a very different story about his commitment to children and Connecticut’s economy.
In 2011, at the beginning of his first term as governor, Dannel Malloy actually proposed to disband Connecticut’s successful Vo-Tech high school system altogether, this despite the fact that theses schools have provided tens of thousands of Connecticut citizens with the knowledge and skills to succeed in college and the workforce.
When students, parents, teachers, the business community and legislators fought back, Malloy eventually retreated and allowed the 18 schools and their nearly 11,000 students to exist.
However, from that day on, a short-sighted and mean-spirited Malloy administration has consistently used the state budget to squeeze the life out of these important and valuable schools, all while the governor claimed he was making education a priority.
A Wait,What? headline from this past May told the story. Entitled, Malloy and Legislative Democrats target Regional Vo-Tech high schools for devastating cuts, the article reported that the so called “compromise” budget agreement between Malloy and Democratic legislative leaders cut the Vo-Tech High School budget by $7.8 million, dropping the state’s investment in vocational and technical education from $171 million a year to $163 million. The new budget also empowered Malloy to cut the Vo-Tech high schools even more via layoffs and budget rescissions.
Some Democrats cried big alligator tears about the irresponsible budget but most, nevertheless, voted in favor of the despicable reductions that have already reduced programs and limited opportunities at the Vo-Tech schools.
And now, the Malloy administration is preparing to do even more harm to Connecticut’s Vo-Tech high schools.
In what should be an unbelievable move, Malloy’s political appointees on the State Board of Education have voted to eliminate two Vo-Tech High Schools as part of their budget cutting plan.
The CT Mirror explains;
The State Board of Education Wednesday endorsed a proposal to close two of the state’s vocational technical high schools and end all athletic programs at the remaining ones if the department’s budget is cut by 10 percent in the next fiscal year – an amount the governor’s budget chief has told agencies is likely.
These state-run schools enroll 11,000 students and have steadily been cut over the last several years as state legislators worked to close budget deficits.
Budget proposals serve as a blueprint, effectively highlighting a governor’s priorities and goals.
Let there be no mistake…
Malloy’s unending efforts to destroy Connecticut’s Vocational-Technical system speak volumes.
Students, parents, teachers and taxpayers are on notice, yet again, that Connecticut has a governor who utterly fails to understand or appreciate Connecticut public schools or what is best for Connecticut’s economy and its citizens.