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New Laws That Impact the West Hartford School Year

West Hartford Public Schools Superintendent's Office. Photo credit: Ronni Newton (we-ha.com file photo)

Legislation supported by West Hartford Representatives brings stable funding, food allergy protections, and Holocaust education to West Hartford Public Schools.

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A number of new laws will be in effect for the upcoming school year that will have a significant impact on students throughout West Hartford and other districts.

“As we begin a new school year our goals and hopes are for each child to thrive; to learn as much as they can, to achieve all they can and to grow in mind, body and spirit,” Mayor Shari Cantor said.

The following measures were passed this year:

  • Public Act No. 18-185 – Students will now be able to carry their EpiPen on the school bus and school bus drivers will be required to have baseline training for handling children with allergies.
  • Public Act No. 18-81Prohibits the Governor from making unilateral midyear cuts to education spending during the current fiscal year
  • Public Act No. 18-24R – Requires students to study the Holocaust and other genocides.

“I am grateful and proud of the adopted legislation that protects student safety, provides stability for resources that supports educators, and curriculum that teaches our students about holocaust and genocide,” said Cantor. “These legislative initiatives support our students health, well-being, and academic success.”

“For children with life-threatening food allergies, students with special needs, and kids who might feel marginalized, the coming school year should be safer and better than any that’s come before,” said State Rep. Andy Fleischmann (D-West Hartford), House chairman of the Education Committee. “New laws we passed last spring should help make 2018-2019 a great school year.”

“New legislation will ensure fiscal stability and improved safety for our students. The Holocaust and genocide education will also enhance the curriculum at public schools across the state,” said State Rep. Derek Slap (D-West Hartford, Avon, Farmington). “The bottom line is that we must always be working to strengthen our schools and show our students – we are focused on their future and we believe in them.”

“Predictable and stable municipal school budgets are indispensable for a properly functioning educational system,” State Rep. Joe Verrengia (D-West Hartford) said. “I am pleased we took the necessary steps to ensure the integrity of funding, increase safety with expanded authorization for the use of life saving Epi-Pens and teach a new generation to reject actions like the ones that lead to the Holocaust.”

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