This weekly segment by Democrats for Education Reform CT looks at the top education stories Democrats are watching, providing bite-sized analysis and links to recent articles. This week: the Education Committee convenes, a push for early voting, and Jahana Hayes’ new House appointment.
Today is the first 2019 convening of the Education Committee. After many years under the same leadership, the Committee will now be led by two new co-chairs: Senator Douglas McCrory and Representative Robert Sanchez. We congratulate the co-chairs on their appointments and look forward to pursuing a progressive agenda with them on behalf of all Connecticut students.
We all know that more voter participation is more democratic, but Connecticut has dragged its feet on this issue. It is one of only 11 states with no early voting provision. Yesterday, Democrats began a push for a state constitutional amendment that would allow early voting in Connecticut. If three-quarters of the House and Senate approve a resolution this year, Connecticut citizens will be able to vote on the constitutional amendment referendum as early as 2020.
Newly elected Representative Jahana Hayes, former National Teacher of the Year and Connecticut’s first African American woman in Congress, was appointed this week to the US House Education and Labor Committee. Hayes says she intends to bring student-centered deliberation to the meetings, with an understanding of how legislation will translate to the classroom. Thank you for representing Connecticut’s children in our Capitol!
We hope to see you at the Women’s March in Hartford on January 19th at 1pm!