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NLPA Calls For Apology From Superintendent of Schools

The New London Parent Advocates (NLPA) is calling on the New London Board of Education and the state appointed special master Dr. Steve Adamowski to take a stand against what the group characterizes as intimidation tactics by the superintendent of schools.

In a letter sent to the BoE, NLPA stated that during their last meeting on Wednesday March 19th 2014, where parents, students, and community members came together to share their experiences in a safe, confidential environment, free from judgment and blame, Dr. Fischer and seven administrators, including high school and middle school principals, showed up and refused to leave even after the organizers asked them to do so.

NLPA member Mongi Dhaouadi said "we explained to Dr. Fischer that his presence might intimidate some parents and prevent them from sharing their stories, and that we would be happy to invite him and his staff back to address any and all concerns at a later date, but he refused [to leave]."

The meeting proceeded but Dr. Fischer's presence deterred all but one parent from participating. Regina Mosely added that "we spent so much time and effort to bring parents out to make their voices heard, instead they were faced with a bullying tactic from the superintendent and irresponsible behavior by those who should have known better."

In their letter NLPA stated: “The parents in attendance at Wednesday’s meeting are owed an apology for the administration’s display of disrespect, and NLPA seeks assurance from the Board of Education that such behaviors are neither condoned nor will they be tolerated."

The group will invite parents and community members to a closed session on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, where New London Public School employees will not be admitted. Furthermore, the group is designating its meeting on Wednesday April 23rd, 2014 at the Senior Center for the school administration and Board of Education members to present its perspectives on the district’s disciplinary procedures and address any and all concerns. 

The group meets on a regular basis on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month at the Senior Center.

Contacts:

Regina Mosely: (860) 287-7912; Regina.nicholson15@yahoo.com 
Katelin Teel: (860) 941-2373; teel.k@hotmail.com

DanielShafner March 23, 2014 at 07:02 PM
Intimidated? Who would be afraid to speak on front of any of these arrogant servants?
Marie Friess-McSparran March 25, 2014 at 09:20 AM
This tactic is not new for this administration and therefore, the plan to meet with parents and students to confidentially discuss their concerns will be difficult at best.
A New Londoner March 26, 2014 at 10:08 AM
Try meeting in a privately owned place such as someone's home. If you meet in public; restaurant/library/park and publicize it then anyone can show up. I'm with DanielShafner...why be intimidated by them? Speak loud and clear so they can hear you.
NewLondonSource March 27, 2014 at 01:43 PM
I was actually disgusted with NLPA's FB post about 'reserving the right to refuse entry to anyone'. As has been stated, it is not only unadvisable, but unlawful to do that in a public venue. If they want to limit attendance, do it in a private location, otherwise, ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC an attend. Along those lines, I'd like to understand just how many parents of current students actually attended (i.e., not just taxpaying citizens, but ACTUAL parents of CURRENT students attending classes). Anyone have the answer to that? If NLPA wants to be taken seriously, this metric is important to record and report on any letter/memo issued for future meetings. The logic behind that is that if f there were only, say, two actual parents in attendance, you would be hard pressed to say their opinions reflect the global sentiment of ALL NLPS parents.

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