Fairfield’s new finance council to respond to members’ controversial remarks on special education

NEW FAIRFIELD — The finance council has scheduled a special meeting for Monday to discuss remarks made by David Coleman that residents found insensitive and demeaning.

Residents are demanding that the Republican finance council alternate not only publicly apologize for comments he made about the special needs community during the April 20 finance council meeting, but that he either censured or resigned.

Coleman – who was elected to the Finance Council as an alternate in November – could not be reached for comment.

While speaking about the rising costs of special education, Coleman said he felt sorry for “any family that finds themselves in a situation with a child like this” – referring to families of education students special who go to residential facilities. He also made a remark that seemed to imply that special education students were unlikely to graduate.

Several residents spoke out against Coleman’s comments during and after the April 20 meeting – including parent and school board president Dominic Cipollone, who called the remarks “odious” and “disturbing.”

Since the April 20 meeting, finance council chairman Wes Marsh told Hearst Connecticut Media that the council has received “at least one or two” requests from residents asking Coleman to issue a public apology, and that he either censures or resigns.

Although Marsh said the finance council will discuss the remarks at the next regular council meeting later this month, a special May 9 meeting has been scheduled to discuss Coleman’s comments, as well as “action to be taken.” to take”. according to the agenda.

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