Conn. officials promise funding for vo-tech sports

Conn. Governor Dan Malloy delivers his first budget address on Feb. 16, 2011.

August 3, 2011 5:42:15 PM PDT
State education officials say they have agreed with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and his budget office to finance fall sports at Connecticut's vocational-technical high schools.

Department of Education spokesman Mark Linabury said in a statement Wednesday evening that the money still needs to be found in the department's budget.

He said state officials agreed to fund fall sports due to the uncertainty over whether a labor concessions agreement will be ratified and stop budget cuts and layoffs. The state's 16 vo-tech schools face a deadline for committing to state athletic conferences.

The decision came the same day teachers, coaches and students held a rally outside a Bridgeport vo-tech school to protest budget cuts.

Linabury said there's no commitment to fund future sports seasons if the labor deal is not ratified.