Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced on Wednesday the release of the first $5 million of the state’s investment toward school security infrastructure nine months following the deadly Sandy Hook shooting. Kevin Basmadjian, dean of the School of Education at Quinnipiac University, is available to comment.
“While I wholeheartedly agree with Malloy’s statement that, ‘We will never be able to prevent every random act, but we can take the steps necessary to make sure that our children and our teachers are as safe as possible,’ I strongly encourage the governor to make significant investments in programs that might have prevented incidents such as the Sandy Hook tragedy,” said Basmadjian. “Some of these might include anti-bullying workshops for teachers, students, administrators and even parents — and the entire community. They might also include increased attention on socio-emotional teaching and learning, which are often pushed aside by legislators solely focused on raising standardized test scores in mathematics and reading. While these are critically important for success in today’s society, as we have seen, so are social and interpersonal skills. Finally, as the governor reflects upon and implements legislation motivated by the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook, I hope he will remember what he said about the multiple ways in which teachers serve the students in their charge.”
If you’re interested in speaking to Basmadjian, please call John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations, at 203-206-4449 (cell) or 203-582-5359 (office).