If you are a resident of Hartford and your child registers for school in Glastonbury without the permission or knowledge of the Glastonbury Board of Education you would be breaking the law. You would be in essences stealing educational services paid for by the taxpayers of Glastonbury. It is a reasonable position for Glastonbury to expel that student or even prosecute the parent that knowingly registered the student illegally.
Laws are in place to protect society, to ensure safety, fairness and order among other things. When you break the law you should expect to pay a price for your transgression, you should learn early in life the meaning of personal responsibility.
Should there be exceptions to the rule, should we reward criminals for their transgressions? Should we as a society say, it is fine for you to ignore our rule of law, we as a society are willing to accept responsibility for your actions and we will pay the price for your transgression?
Before you answer that last question look at another set of circumstances dealing with education. Suppose a person illegally enters the country, illegally enrolls their child in the same Glastonbury school district as the Hartford resident did in the first paragraph. If the student stays two years and graduates from Glastonbury without Glastonbury discovering the illegal act, what should be done?
Well there is no need to answer because the reality of the situation is the Democratic leadership in the State Legislature with the approval of Governor Dan Malloy has already put the answer into law. The graduate would be rewarded with better treatment than a native born child of a taxpaying family from our neighboring State of New York.
Under our previous law an undocumented student had to attend school in Connecticut for four years to be eligible for in-state tuition fees, when a student graduates and enrolls in state institution of higher learning. Now if they entered the country illegally (call it undocumented if you like) and managed to have the taxpayers provide them with free education for only two years they will be rewarded with in-state tuition fees if they choose to enroll in a state institution of higher learning.
When it comes to personal responsibility, rule of law, and public trust the Governor and his minions in the Connecticut General Assembly have failed the law abiding taxpayers in Connecticut. While they dream up new taxes, and new burdens for working families struggling to make ends meet they willingly reward those that thumb their nose at our culture and our belief in the rule of law and personal responsibility.