(PRWEB) March 21, 2013
West Hartford, Conn. (March 21, 2013) – The Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS), a statewide nonprofit educational administration organization which represents public school superintendents, assistant superintendents and other educational leaders across the state, has taken a position on local district payments to Schools and Programs of Choice.
“Our members realize the importance of choice and finding a program – be it for pre-school or high school – that meets the needs of the individual learner,” said Joseph Cirasuolo, Executive Director of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS). “It is, however, our position that current funding procedures need to be modified and, ultimately, standardized.”
CAPSS strongly supports the value of pre-school experiences. However, given that the experience is not now a mandated K-12 requirement, CAPSS feels it is unfair to expect local districts to fund program choices parents make, particularly, but not limited to, magnet pre-schools.
CAPSS is in favor of establishing a sliding scale for parental co-pay for pre-school tuition. This model would generate revenue from parents who could otherwise afford pre-school elsewhere and create more opportunities for students whose parents cannot afford such an experience. It would be expected that the State fund the balance of pre-school cost, were this model to be implemented.
With regards to Magnet, Charter and Vocational Schools, and Vocational-Agricultural Programs, CAPSS proposes that the State Department of Education review all programs of choice in Connecticut with the objective of establishing operational consistency as well as programmatic consistency. Under the current model, the methods of student selection, student retention and the economic relationships between the operator and the local districts which fund them vary widely.
CAPSS acknowledges that these programs of choice have been recognized as providing choice within public education, regardless of whether they have been operated by RESCs, the State Board of Education or local Boards of Education. It is therefore the position of CAPSS that the method of funding these programs be standardized.
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About The Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents:
The Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS), based in West Hartford, CT, has been the voice of superintendents of schools in Connecticut for 104 years. The mission of the CAPSS is to lead the continuous improvement of public education for all students by advocating public policy for children and by developing and supporting executive school leaders. To learn more, visit http://www.capss.org.