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Gov. Rowland reappoints Helfgott of Mansfield Center to state Board of Education (Released: 4/24/97)

Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- Gov. John Rowland has reappointed Michael Helfgott of Mansfield Center to his third term on the State Board of Education.

Members of the State Board of Education are appointed to four-year terms. The nine-member board decides policy, provides technical assistance to educators in local and regional school districts, protects the interests of the state by enforcing educational mandates and serves as an advocate for both young and adult learners.

Helfgott's third term adds to his three decades of public service in Connecticut.

"These are incredibly challenging times for public education," says Helfgott, "times that require all of us to be participants and not just observers."

"Sheff v. O'Neill, the desegregation lawsuit, is more than a discussion about education or race" he says. "The focus should be broadened to include jobs and economic status, families and communities, and where it is that people are able to live."

In the face of these challenging times Helfgott supports bold moves. "Tough times, "he says, "call out for experimentation." For Helfgott, this includes promoting charter schools and encouraging community involvement in public education.

Helfgott, a former three-term representative in the Connecticut General Assembly, is the director of development for the University of Connecticut's School of Education. His public service efforts include chairing the Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on the Future of Libraries, chairing the Connecticut Humanities Council, contributing to the Governor's Commission on a Quality and Integrated Education and chairing the Connecticut Educational Equity Study Committee.