|Norwalk Board of Education, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 3, 2009|
|J.D.||University of Virginia|
Colarossi earned a B.A. in Economics from Harvard College in 1986. He later earned a J.D. from the University of Virginia in 1989. Colarossi has been a practicing attorney since 1989 and currently practices at the Law Office of Alice M. McQuaid, LLC. He served on the Norwalk Zoning Board of Appeals from 2008 to 2009. Colarossi and his wife have two children.
- See also: Norwalk Public Schools elections (2013)
Colarossi lost re-election to the board against nine other candidates for four seats on November 5, 2013. He ran with Andres Roman as part of the Norwalk Community Values slate.
|Norwalk Public Schools, General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Democratic||Heidi Keyes Incumbent||12.2%||6,985|
|Republican||Artie Kassimis Incumbent||12.1%||6,917|
|Republican||Sue Haynie Incumbent||11.4%||6,500|
|Norwalk Community Values||Steve Colarossi Incumbent||3.6%||2,073|
|Norwalk Community Values||Andres Roman||3.1%||1,795|
|Working Families||Shirley Mosby||1.1%||610|
|Working Families||Heidi Keyes||0.9%||532|
|Source: Connecticut Secretary of State, "Municipal Elections - November 5, 2013," accessed December 17, 2013|
Steve Colarossi did not report any contributions or expenditures to the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission.
The Norwalk Community Values Party website explains Colarossi's qualifications for re-election:
"As a member of Norwalk’s Board of Education, Steve Colarossi has fought to hold the people who spend our taxdollars and who educate our children accountable. That’s why he’s been unafraid to ask the tough questions of superintendents and other administrators—that’s why he reviewed every line of every budget, questioning the assumptions that caused years of misappropriations and fought to end years of wasteful spending. And that’s also why, when political considerations took center stage in the 2012-2013 budget, Steve Colarossi developed an alternative kids’ first budget plan, and was the lone voice to support the programs needed by our most vulnerable students."
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
What was at stake?
Four seats were at stake. Incumbents Steve Colarossi, Sue Haynie, Artie Kassimis and Heidi Keyes were on the ballot. Of the incumbents, only Democratic candidate Keyes and Republican candidate Kassimis won re-election to the board. The ballot featured a total of ten candidates, including four candidates each from the local Democratic and Republican Town Committees and a pair of candidates from the Norwalk Community Values Party. The Working Families Party endorsed Democratic candidates Heidi Keyes and Shirley Mosby for the November 5 election. Neither of the Norwalk Community Values Party candidates, Steve Colarossi nor Andres Roman, won election to the board.
Tensions on the board
Sue Haynie, who did not win re-election on November 5, 2013, had been involved in several tense discussions over district policies since January 2013. She engaged in a heated debate with board member Steve Colarossi, also not re-elected on November 5, 2013, over a request to read comments into board minutes in March 2013. Haynie's request was challenged by Colarossi on the grounds that board policy treats minutes as a summary of events rather than a detailed record of each meeting. In January 2013, the Norwalk Federation of Teachers criticized Haynie as an advocate for the district's inclusion in a state teacher evaluation pilot. The criticism cited the delayed roll-out of the evaluation system as an indicator of the pilot's failings. In an interview with The Hour, Haynie noted that she asks tough questions and is willing to try new approaches to improve student achievement.
About the district
- See also: Norwalk Public Schools, Connecticut
Norwalk outperforms the rest of Connecticut based on median income, poverty levels and higher education achievement. The 2010 U.S. Census found the median income in Norwalk was $76,384 while the state median income was $69,243. The city's poverty rate was 8% compared to the state's 9.5% poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (40.2%) was lower than the state average (35.7%).
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
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- Norwalk Community Values, "Steve Colarossi's Background," accessed October 15, 2013
- Norwalk Community Values, "The Changes We Need and Our Children Deserve," accessed October 15, 2013
- The Hour, " Norwalk Democrats receive endorsement of Connecticut Working Families Party," September 4, 2013
- The Hour, " Haynie at center of Norwalk school board tension," accessed March 6, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Norwalk," accessed October 24, 2013
- Connecticut Secretary of State, "Election Results," accessed October 10, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014