Connecticut has some of the best public schools in the country, and we want to continue to be proud of them. However, demographic and budgetary circumstances have led us to a place where the state can no longer afford to fund business as usual. We can all agree that we want to allocate the resources to guarantee students have access to high-quality opportunities and achieve excellence. That is our goal.
Consolidating school district functions serving fewer than 2,000 students is the pragmatic solution to realizing this goal. This would be an effort to find efficiencies at the administrative level and improve student opportunities. It can involve the merger of administrative functions, the combining of non-instructional services such as IT, HR, finance and after-school services. Let’s be clear: we’re not talking about closing neighborhood schools, busing children long distances or local communities losing control over important education decisions.