Parents, teachers, school officials and students gathered in Hartford Wednesday to talk about education issues with state lawmakers.
Each year, the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education holds a â€œDay on the Hillâ€, this yearâ€™s special focus was high school reform.Â Â State education officials have proposed adding additional mandated credits to graduate high school. Students would also be required to pass new end-of-course exams.Â CABE president Cal Heminway says local school boards have two major concerns:
"One, to fulfill these requirements, students entering high school would have to be prepared to meet the rigor of the specific requirements. The other is that these tend to force students to take courses that they may not want to take."
For example fine arts courses, which Heminway says are not required under the new proposals. 18-year old Trevor Rzucidlo is a senior at Killingly High School.Â Â
"I really feel that the students should be able, for the most part to have a greater say in the courses that they choose."
Other issues raised at the capital include in-school suspensions and school funding.Â Although additional monies were made available to local communities by the legislature last year, school boards say much of that money, intended for education, is being used for tax relief.