Governor's Veto Denies Support for Classroom Safety and Resources for Students in Need
On June 7, Governor Malloy vetoed the best chance Connecticut has had to end the school-to-prison pipeline and reduce discriminatory discipline for students of color and special education students.
Public Act 18-89, which passed the legislature with overwhelming bipartisan support, would have helped ensure a safe classroom environment for all students and educators. It would have required that students who cause physical injury to others receive appropriate counseling and services rather than being ignored or disciplined in a discriminatory way, which occurs too often at present.
CEA is urging legislators, who overwhelmingly supported and passed the bill, to override the governor's veto. Without an override, Governor Malloy's veto ensures that more youth will wind up in the criminal justice system rather than having their problems and needs addressed in a proactive manner.