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by Ethan Fry | Nov 13, 2018 7:06 pm
DERBY — Five lawyers argued for an hour in Superior Court Tuesday over the Ansonia school board’s funding lawsuit against the city.
The debate centered around a budget law passed by state lawmakers in 2017 — and whether it allowed the city to decrease the school budget after it had been passed.
At the end of the hearing, Judge Barry Stevens didn’t issue a ruling in the case.
Continue reading ‘Judge Hears Arguments In Ansonia v. Ansonia’
by Brian Perkins | Letter to the editor | Oct 23, 2018 11:18 am
Shortly after dozens of concerned parents, teachers, and students rallied outside of Ansonia High School in hopes that elected officials would hear their cries, Team Cassetti and its lackey quickly passed off the event as a “political stunt for the Democratic Party.” Despite this being absolutely absurd, Ansonia Board of Apportionment and Taxation member, Republican Registrar of Voters, and Chairman of the Ansonia Republican Town Committee, David Papcin, showed sympathy for someone I also show sympathy for, the taxpayers of Ansonia.
Continue reading ‘Letter: Ansonia Should Give Back $600,000 To Schools’
by Ethan Fry | Oct 19, 2018 5:10 am
ANSONIA — The public and Ansonia educators held a rally Thursday to show how a funding battle between City Hall and the school district is hurting education in the city.
Speakers included teachers and a high school student who catalogued the negative consequences of the school district’s legal battle with the city over funding — and Democrats who said the Republican administration of Mayor David Cassetti is failing the city’s public schools.
GOP leaders, meanwhile, laid the blame for the state of the city’s schools lies with the Democrats, and questioned the propriety of using the school as a backdrop for a political event three weeks before the election.
Continue reading ‘Teachers: School Cuts Have Brought ‘Shame’ To Ansonia’
by STAFF | Oct 17, 2018 3:18 pm
ANSONIA — A teachers’ union is teaming with school leaders and Democratic candidates for office to hold a rally at the high school Thursday to draw attention to the school district’s legal dispute with City Hall.
The rally is scheduled to begin at 4:15 p.m. at the high school, 20 Pulaski Highway.
Continue reading ‘Rally For Education Scheduled Thursday In Ansonia’
by Ethan Fry | Sep 11, 2018 9:02 pm
ANSONIA — The latest step in the legal drama between City Hall and the Board of Education came Tuesday night with Mayor David Cassetti making a public offer to split the difference in a funding dispute with the school board.
Continue reading ‘Cassetti Offers Compromise In School Funding Dispute’
by Ethan Fry | Sep 5, 2018 4:16 pm
ANSONIA — The state’s Board of Education voted Wednesday to begin an investigation into the city cutting $600,000 from the school district’s budget.
The vote begins a process that could result in the city losing millions in state aid for not following the rules when it comes to state school funding laws.
Continue reading ‘State School Board Starts Investigation Into Ansonia School Funding Dispute’
by STAFF | Aug 9, 2018 7:52 pm
ANSONIA — A lawyer representing city hall in its lawsuit with the school board said a letter from the state’s education department threatening the city was “inappropriate and offensive.”
Continue reading ‘City Of Ansonia To State Education Department: Back Off’
by STAFF | Aug 8, 2018 3:42 pm
ANSONIA — The state Department of Education warned Mayor David Cassetti Wednesday that the state could take enforcement action against the city for not giving enough money to the school district.
Continue reading ‘Ansonia Could Face Penalties For Reducing School Funding’
by Brian Perkins | Letter To The Editor | Jul 31, 2018 8:09 am
“The state’s stagnant economy helped decrease assessed home values by about 25 percent — and more on [Ansonia’s] West Side…” These were the words written by CT Post journalist Michael Mayko in a piece written about Mayor Cassetti’s first campaign against the incumbent Mayor, James DellaVolpe, in 2013.
Continue reading ‘Letter: Ansonia Could Have Lowered Taxes’
by Ethan Fry | Jul 16, 2018 5:52 am
ANSONIA — A Board of Education member accused school district officials of deceiving the public last month when they said schools might have to close early without more funding from the city.
Continue reading ‘Ansonia BOE Member: We Deceived The Public’