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Good riddance!

Thursday, November 14, 2013
Time: 8:50 PM

Happy happy, joy joy!
Danbury Board of Education chairman Sandy Steichen and vice chair Shirley Chilian resigned abruptly from the 11-member board at the end of the group’s bimonthly meeting Wednesday.


Chilian said after the meeting she had waited until after the November municipal election to see if the board would have new members.

Three incumbents were returned to the board along with two newcomers, so Chilian said she decided to find another place to volunteer.

Chilian and Steichen were among four board members who voted unsuccessfully not to renew the superintendent’s contract in June and among six who prevailed not to give him a raise.

Many whom follow the antics of Chilian and Steichen since their coordinated power grab when they took control of the board are not shedding a tear over this news.

Steichen term as chairperson has been nothing short than a nightmare. Throughout her time on the board, Steichen leadership has been nothing short than a disaster complete with her repeated clashes with fellow veteran board members and the school superintendent, infuriating her fellow Republican colleagues on the city council with her lack of preparedness in should go down in history as one of the worst education budget presentations in recent memory...complete with an obvious violation of the city charter. Although a Democrat, Chilian was equally as horrific and many consider her as instrumental in Steichen becoming chairperson in the first place.

Once they saw that their supporters on the board did not win re-election, they both knew tht their time as leaders on the board was about to come to abrupt end. It's rather clear that they took the quick way out as opposed to endure the embarrassment of being booted from their posts.

Hopefully with their resignations, the board can re-focus their attention on making sure the city provides the best quality of education to the children in the city as opposed to the constant infighting and clashes which the board had to endure under Steichen's failed leadership.

It's suppose to be all about the kids right?

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On September 26, 2007, ten plaintiffs filed suit in response to an arrest of aday laborers at a public park in Danbury, Connecticut. Plaintiffs amended their complaint on November 26, 2007.

The amended complaint states that plaintiffs sought to remedy the continued discriminatory and unauthorized enforcement of federal immigration laws against the Latino residents of the City of Danbury by Danbury's mayor and its police department.

Plaintiffs allege that the arrests violated their Fourth Amendment rights and the Connecticut Constitution because defendants conducted the arrests without valid warrants, in the absence of exigent circumstances, and without probable cause to believe that plaintiffs were engaged in unlawful activity. In addition, plaintiffs allege that defendants improperly stopped, detained, investigated, searched and arrested plaintiffs. Plaintiffs also allege that defendants violated their Fourteenth Amendment rights when they intentionally targeted plaintiffs, and arrested and detained them on the basis of their race, ethnicity and perceived national origin. Plaintiffs raise First Amendment, Due Process and tort claims.

Plaintiffs request declaratory relief, damages and attorneys fees.



Danbury Area Coalition for the Rights of Immigrants v.
U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
3:06-cv-01992-RNC ( D. Conn. )

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(02.25.08) Court Docket

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