On April 4, seven parents and one student who are currently or formerly from Region 14 went to Hartford and spoke at the Connecticut State Board of Education meeting.
During the meeting, which was recorded, for AccessTV.org, all eight Region 14 speakers said they came to the state because their issues were not resolved at the local level. Some of the participants discussed bullying, and others said they felt their children were mishandled and mismanaged by the region’s special education staff.
There was a common thread: The eight who went to Hartford said their complaints to school leaders fell on deaf ears. They also said that Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anna Cutaia retaliated against them for voicing their concerns in the first place.
The student who spoke, Woodbury Middle School seventh-grader Sophia Modica, said she had been told by herself to “go kill herself” several times a day. Modica was upset that a recent report indicated that there were zero incidents of bullying reported in Region 14.
“Our pain doesn’t matter,” Modica told the Connecticut State Board of Education. “A seventh-grader should not have to resolve bullying issues because the adults won’t.”
After the public participation session ended, Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell vowed to have the Connecticut Board of Education look into their claims.
Meanwhile, a Special Meeting of the Region 14 Board of Education was held Saturday morning. There were three items on the agenda: Call to Order, Pledge of Allegiance, and “Discussion/Strategy/Response to parent complaints against Superintendent, Board of Education and School District”
Cutaia also sent a letter to Region 14 parents and guardians of Friday, which follows:Letter_to_R14_Community_04-06-2018-final