STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) _ Stonington officials have joined local education officials urging repeal of a state law forbidding school officials from using their notification system to remind parents to vote in budget referendums.

For the past five years the school district used the system and the budget passed on the first try four out of five times. In the five years before that, it failed on the first try four out of five times.

The Day of New London reports that Board of Education Chairwoman Gail MacDonald says eliminating this type of communication will hamper the ability by officials to get the budget passed.

She says published newsletters are allowed and may be used.

The law was a response to complaints about using a system to inform one segment of the population about a budget vote.
Information from: The Day,

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