Fall Vo-Tech Sports Programs Get Reprieve

Acting Education Commissioner George Coleman says the state will go ahead with sports programs at Connecticut vocational-technical schools this fall.  The programs are among those cut in the state budget balancing cuts ordered after rejection of the original state concessions agreement.

The concessions are being put to a second vote, whose outcome is not yet known. But Coleman says because the schools have a deadline to commit to their athletic conferences,  his office, Governor Malloy and the Office of Policy and Managment have come up with a financing plan.

Commissioner Coleman says if the concessions are not ratified,  the money will have to come out of other Department of Education programs,  and says it does not mean that sports beyond the fall activities facing an imminent deadline would be kept without a concessions agreement.

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