Bob Duff

Senate Majority Leader

Bob Duff

Standing Up For You!

February 7, 2019

Duff Admonishes Board of Ed Chair Barbis for Actions Toward NAACP

Norwalk, CT—Today, Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-Norwalk) released the following statement in regards to the recently revealed attack on the NAACP by Norwalk Board of Education Chair Mike Barbis:

“The actions of Mr. Barbis and some members of the Norwalk Board of Education are not an isolated incident, but part of a pattern of behavior that mistreats and diminishes the African-American community in Norwalk. The fact that this was only revealed through a Freedom of Information request, since it was allegedly originally denied by Mr. Barbis, is deeply troubling. Mr. Barbis is Chair of a Board of Education which is responsible for setting policy for an ethnically diverse school district. Despite this fact, Mr. Barbis continues to be less than sensitive to Norwalk’s minority students, parents, teachers, administrators and community leaders. The history of unduly singling out leaders of this community continues and needs to stop.

“At a certain point we have to say enough is enough.”