Why We’re Here
Hands Off Our Schools is a statewide, non-partisan movement that advocates for local decision-making in education for all school districts within Connecticut. We support voluntary shared services between school districts and between school districts and municipal governments to improve or maintain educational outcomes and reduce costs. We support voluntary regionalization of school districts for the purpose of improving educational outcomes and reducing costs. We support the removal of state imposed barriers that unnecessarily drive up education costs and/or inhibit voluntary shared services and regionalization. We support consideration of measures focused on improving educational outcomes across all school districts. We oppose forced regionalization of school districts nor state imposed punitive measures to coerce regionalization.
What Can I Do?
Write to your representatives
While many are celebrating the recent announcement from the Governor on revisions to SB 874, it should not mark the end of this conversation. We can appreciate the gesture, however, we must remain cautious and engaged in this process.
Comments from Rep. Gail Lavielle summarize this well: “I remain concerned about legislation on the subject of regionalization/consolidation/shared services, on which the legislature has not yet cast a single vote, for several reasons: 1) we haven’t yet seen language of a full committee bill that any committee is ready to vote on, 2) the governor’s proposed changes do not deal with the rest of SB 874, and 3) concepts and language can be resurrected or introduced or changed anytime before the end of the session.”
Join The Group
We have created a facebook group to organize a nonpartisan effort to oppose the school consolidation bills. Find events, weekly action items, articles and connect with other across the state.
View the List
This is the email list of our elected state legislators, that of Gov. Lamont, CT Education Committee, and State Senators (D only).
Write a Letter
By emailing the members of the Education Committee. We have prepared a guide to writing a persuasive email message.
View the calendar of upcoming Events.