In fact, I think its been over 3 years. Regardless, Hartford has now made clear what we knew all along: It's busing or nothing. I've always maintained that we should chose nothing.
GREENWICH — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and his administration have expressed new doubts about whether a new and larger New Lebanon School can address Greenwich Public Schools’ racial balance problem, and said the project is not worth state investment.
In an interview with the Hearst Connecticut Media editorial board this week, state Office of Policy and Management Secretary Benjamin Barnes said, “One hundred percent state-funded schools in affluent districts don’t make any sense under almost any context. And the notion that we would allow someone to build a new school rather than make the hard choices about redistricting in order to achieve some appropriate level of diversity within the schools in their district is highly problematic.”
Malloy said he was “very sensitive” to the issue of schools avoiding redistricting.
“I don’t know whether they can compel me to fund (New Lebanon School) but I have no intention of funding it,” Malloy said. “Communities have gotten away with things they shouldn’t have been allowed to get away with. I think every community needs to look at itself in the mirror and you know, address this.”
Barnes at the Thursday editorial board meeting described the Malloy administration as “steadfastly” against the New Lebanon project.
The town is expecting a significant portion of the new school project to be funded by the state, but this is not the first time the governor or high-ranking administration officials have spoken against it, dating back to December, when Barnes released a memo to key legislators that called funding the construction “not good public policy.”