June 25, 2018

Educators for Excellence-Connecticut Applauds the General Assembly Voting Down an Override of Public Act 18-89

June 25 (New Haven) —  Educators for Excellence-Connecticut (E4E-Connecticut), a teacher-led organization, expressed their approval that the Connecticut General Assembly did not override Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s veto of Public Act 18-89, a bill that would have allowed teachers to remove students from the classroom for “disruptive behavior.”

“As an educator in Connecticut, I want to make sure our schools are safe for our students and also for my fellow teachers,” said Ryan Brown, a seventh-grade math teacher at Read School in Bridgeport. “However, this bill included measures to remove students from classrooms for ‘disruptive behavior,’ a vague and subjective category for conduct that doesn’t threaten my or my students’ safety and would worsen the glaring racial discipline disparities that are often caused by bias. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to student behavior. As educators, we must meet our students’ challenges with empathy, support and guidance, not ostracization.” 

“We are pleased to see that the General Assembly voted against overriding the governor’s veto of this bill,” said Justin Boucher, Executive Director of E4E-Connecticut. We know that black and Latino students in Connecticut already face higher suspension and expulsion rates at their school’s discretion than their white peers. The language within the school safety bill would have strengthened, rather than dismantled, the school-to-prison pipeline here in our state. By voting against overriding this veto, our elected officials took an important step toward ensuring all of Connecticut’s students have equal access to the excellent education they deserve.”

###