Norwalk Schools Criticized For Dropping Veterans Day Holiday

NORWALK, CT (AP / CBSNewYork) – A Norwalk city council member with the backing of local veterans groups is asking the city’s education board to reconsider its decision to eliminate Veterans Day as a school holiday.

WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau: The Superintendent Wanted More Classroom Time

Councilor Kelly Straniti says she contacted the Board of Education after veterans opposed to the calendar change asked her to get involved.

Dan Caporale of the Norwalk Veterans Committee says it’s a great opportuity for kids to learn that their freedoms are owed to the men and women who fought for them.

“Think of what you have in this country that other countries don’t have and why veterans shed blood for you,” he told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau.

The change was adopted earlier this month at the recommendation of Superintendent Susan Marks, who wanted more classroom time for students. Some of that classroom time would be spent educating students on the importance of Veterans Day.

Alfred Scudder, chairman of the Norwalk Veterans Committee, tells The Hour newspaper that the decision was “crazy.”

Board of Education Chairman Jack Chiaramonte says no disrespect was meant and he’s willing to listen to the veterans’ concerns.

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  • Sharon

    Does anyone making these comments have kids? Do you really think that on Veterans Day they are going to places to honor veterans? Most of them are at home, hanging with friends, watching TV, playing video games. The JROTCs are attending events. A few groups may have plans. So let them attend those events and give them credit for the day. But don’t think that there is anyway that you are going to get more than 25% of the rest of the population actively involved in learning about veterans or doing anything to honor veterans by giving them the day off. At least at school there is an opportunity to have an assembly or spend some time in a class discussing veterans day. Be realistic about this please!

  • Rod in

    Who needs veterans? We don’t need soldiers. Time to cut all spending on that waste Military. Spend it on the people.

  • pugphan

    After WWII the nation has lost all respect for Vets, especially Nam Vets. What a freaking shame. smokersodysseycom

  • daniel

    This is the same city that is sending a homeless woman to jail for 15 years for lying about her address to let her son get an education. What a bunch of ————–.

    You guys are really awesome in CT.

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  • Carlos Liriano

    never, never dishonor us veterans, we put our life in the line for our country and for ding bats like you to live free, every time you see a VET, give him or her thanks for you freedom, so Mrs. Susan Marks get your brains working and live Veterans day alone.

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