*** MEDIA ADVISORY ***

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, June 25, 2010
Contact: Gwen Samuel
Tel: (203) 953-5154
Email: gwen@stateofblackct.org

West Haven Superintendent Refuses A Voluntary Mediation with U.S. Department of Education, Office For Civil Rights West Haven Tax Payers Hold Press Conference.

West Haven Community Pleading with CT Lawmaker Senator Harp & State Department of Education To Intervene

Press Conference Monday, 06/28 at 4:00 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.Meeting with Senator Harp West Haven City Hall 355 Main Street West Haven, CT.

On Monday May 17th, 2010, the West Haven School Superintendent and Board voted 5 to 3 in favor of closing Anna Molloy and Clarence Thompson schools. Molloy School was named one of Connecticut’s Top 10 Schools in its class and successfully closed the achievement gap.

Molloy parents filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, Office For Civil Rights (OCR) to protect their children’s right to a continued high quality education. The complaint questioned the educational decisions by the West Haven Board of Education to balance its budget on the backs of the largely minority student population of these schools.

The Office For Civil Rights reached out to the Superintendent to engage in voluntary mediation, however, the Superintendent has refused. In a further bizarre move last week, the Board of Education voted to move their offices to Orange Connecticut at the tax payers expense, taking West Haven tax dollars to another town! To make matters worse, its alleged that Superintendent Cavallaro is reported to be vying for the Superintendent position in Milford!

Parents and education advocates are outraged about the West Haven Board of Education decision to close Molloy School, move their offices to Orange Connecticut at the tax payers expense, taking West Haven tax dollars to another town! and refuse to discuss other viable options with the tax payers who will have to foot the bill for the cost ineffective decisions of West Haven leadership.

The State of Black Connecticut Alliance, along with concerned education advocates, community supporters parents, students and families will hold a press conference on Monday, June 28th, 2010 at 4:00pm to make a public plea to West Haven education leadership, city council members, and elected officials to keep Molloy open, bring the Board of Education back to West Haven and agree to meet with U.S Department of Education to discuss possible “other viable options to support West Haven children their families and the community. At 4:30 parents & community will meet with Senator Harp at the West Haven City Hall.

Now is the time to stand with the tax payers of West Haven and demand that West Haven leadership take into account the needs of its community BEFORE making questionable decisions