Norwalk BOE and NPS BET Statement

Norwalk BOE and NPS BET Statement
Posted on 02/08/2021
NPS

We are deeply concerned by the City’s choice to recommend only a 2.0% increase for next year’s school operating budget. The Board of Education carefully considered many factors before recommending a modest 5.6% increase for next year, including the sharp rise expected in health insurance costs for teachers and staff under the State of Connecticut’s 2.0 health plan. The BOE’s budget request also included a 2.7% increase to meet priority staffing needs and contractual obligations to teachers, principals, paraeducators, nurses and custodians, who have been giving their all on behalf of our students in these challenging times. Funding at a level below the amount required to meet even our basic contractual obligations will have significant consequences.

 

Following closures and other Covid-related challenges, our schools have an urgent need to recover lost learning and support the social-emotional health of our children. We look forward to further conversations with the Mayor's Office and Common Council to determine how best to meet the needs of Norwalk’s children and schools.