School Superintendent Kevin Walston's recent fiscal cliff announcement, which was referenced by Mayor Roberto Alves in his State of the City Address, has come under fire by critics of the School Superintendent since news of the forthcoming financial disaster was well known for well over a year.
Here's a brief recap of the Education budget Ad-hoc committee meeting held in April of this year, where Superintendent Walston informed the City Council about the upcoming forecast.
Added to the clip is a very tense discussion by then City Councilman and former BOE Chair Irving Fox where he chastised the school representatives for not taking a more proactive approach to the upcoming budget hardships.
Again, word of the fiscal cliff is NOT NEW NEWS. The budget concern was well known among members of the city council, members of the board of education, and members of the public who have followed this subject for well over a year.
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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.