|LEGISLATIVE HOMESCHOOL INFO FORUM
YOUR presence is needed at the Capitol!
The CT Legislature Children's Committee Co-Chair Diana Urban, decided to hold what is termed "A Public Information Forum" on "homeschooling and communication" on April 26 from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm in Room 1B of the Legislative Office Building. Certain people were invited to speak at the forum, by invitation only, although the event will be open to the public.
CHN AND N.H.E.L.D. want your presence at the forum. Your presence is important! Homeschooling is the topic, and you should know, and hear directly, what is discussed.
Those invited to speak include the Commissioner of the Department of Children and Families, Joette Katz, the State Child Advocate, Sarah Eagan, the Legal Advisor to the Department of Education, Peter Haberlandt, and the Superintendent of Hartford Public Schools, Dr. Leslie Torres Rodriguez.
Invitations to speak have gone out to representatives from TEACH CT, NHELD and CHN, with the information - the forum will be about "exploring how homeschoolers communicate w/public school systems, agencies and one another."
The Forum will take place less than two weeks before this year's legislative session ends on May 9, which leaves ample time to enter possible regulation language in a shell bill or an amendment. Therefore, we need you to attend.
We are NOT asking you to contact your legislators at this point. If we see a bill proposed on the floor, we will contact you. Please watch your inbox for any follow-up communication.
~~~~~~~Parking options for the Legislative Office Building~~~~~~
at 201 Capitol Ave., Hartford (LOB)
Consider carpooling with friends! If you want to avoid parking, have someone drop you off and pick you up at the door.
LOB Parking Garage at the rear of the LOB building, accessible from both Capitol Ave. & Broad Street on the north Capitol grounds off Trinity Street. Limited parking is available on level one of the garage adjacent to the Legislative Office Building (LOB) via Hungerford Street. Additional parking is also available on the lower level. However, lower level parking is not appropriate for large vans due to low clearance. If parking in the LOB garage, please note that you may no longer use the sky walk from the 3rd floor of the garage to enter the LOB. Instead, you must go outside on the 1st floor of the garage and enter the LOB through the Hungerford Street doors on the West side of the building.
Capitol Grounds Parking: There is a very limited number of free parking spots at the entrance to the Capitol Grounds, corner of Trinity St and Elm St. The remainder are for CT State employees only and there is limited handicap parking near the West Entrance.
Street Parking: Free 2 hour parking is available on Hungerford Street (across the street from the Legislative Office Building and across Capitol Avenue) and the surrounding neighborhood.
Metered Parking: The streets surrounding Bushnell and Capitol Park have $1/hr metered parking which can be refilled from your phone. Visit www.woonerfct.com or www.hartfordparking.com for more information.
Oak Street Garage: A public parking garage is located at 21 Oak Street (across from the Legislative Office Building). Expect to pay between $13 to $16, with a maximum of $16/day.
Public Parking Lots: There are several ProPark and LAZ parking lots within a 10 minute walk of the Capitol. Expect to pay between $10 to $12 for daytime. Remember, Capitol Day is a FREE activity. Most field trips and activities require a per person admission fee. We encourage people to meet in commuter lots outside the city and carpool in to split the cost.