Walston plans to meet with the school district’s lobbyist this coming week to set Danbury’s state legislative agenda. The schools plans to again fight for an accelerated increase of the Alliance grant that Danbury and other lower-performing districts receive, he said. He’ll request the education cost sharing grant be fully funded too.In the last two years, Danbury Democratic Town Committee leadership, in conjunction with Democratic activists on the city council and in the community, took a perilous gamble spending a considerable amount of political capital attacking the city's financial commitment to education.
With state legislators up for reelection in 2022, the lobbyist told Walston it could be a good year to fight for increased funding.
“Hopefully we’ll be a little luckier this time than we have been in the last couple years,” he said.
The results for the Danbury Democrats two-year commitment in making education the TOP issue in the city was one of the most dramatic defeats in modern Danbury history that only included the loss of control of the Board of Education and being awarded a seat on the BOE based on a technicality as opposed to the outcome of the popular vote.
Now, as we enter the state and federal election season, the most vocal critics of the city's funding policy and the charter school proposal will have to defend their educational funding record from an upcoming barrage of return fire from critics as well as from and Republicans who are laser-focused on placing the city's only State Senate seat and seat in the 138th State Rep district back in GOP control.
Strap yourselves in folks; the REAL campaign season is underway...and expect Republicans to go on the attack over Democratic state lawmakers' record when it comes to state education aid.