At a March 11 meeting of the Trumbull Board of Education Policy Committee, the Board of Education members on that committee voted unanimously to recommend the rescinding of Board Policy 9140 at an upcoming Board of Education meeting. A short history lesson: policy 9140 is titled “Teacher Representative” and is specifically designed to give Trumbull teachers an unfiltered voice at Board of Education meetings. The board said their rationale for this decision is based on several recommendations that they sought from the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education or CABE.
According to CABE, these changes are needed based on several factors, such as the grievance process outlined in the CBA between Trumbull teachers and the board, the monthly meetings between the superintendent and TEA leadership, the fact that teachers present their work at monthly meetings, and the notion that only Trumbull has this particular policy in the state of Connecticut. It is important to note that CABE does not recommend rescinding board policy 9140.1, which is the “student representative” on the Board of Education. It is no surprise that CABE would agree with the BOE on their request. Not only does the Trumbull Board of Education pay CABE a yearly subscription fee, but one look at CABE’s 2021 Whole Agenda communicates why they would support the silencing of unionized teachers. Some of CABE’s lobbying stances for 2021 include: changing teacher tenure, teacher certification, arbitration rules, and salary scales for current and retired teachers.