BEI hosts education panel Feb. 24

Leaders in state education and Trumbull’s legislators will be looking toward the future at a panel discussion Feb. 24, sponsored by the Trumbull Business Education Initiative (BEI).

Dr. Dianna Wentzell, acting commissioner of the Connecticut State Department of Education, Trumbull resident and state Board of Education member Stephen Wright and all four of Trumbull’s elected state representatives, including: Sen. Marilyn Moore (D-22), Reps. Dave Rutigliano (R-123), Laura Devlin (R-134) and Ben McGorty (R-122), are on the panel. Former state Rep, now Sen. Tony Hwang (R-28) is the event moderator.

The forum is on Tuesday, Feb. 24, from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Trumbull Library Community Room. Continental breakfast will be provided.

Dan Neumann, executive director of BEI, said the group is thrilled that the acting education commissioner was eager to be part of the panel.

“We’re going to get a look at what’s on the docket for the state Department of Education,” Neumann said.

He is also thrilled all Trumbull’s legislators are able to make the event.

“We are not coming with any agenda,” Neumann said of the panel. “We are simply providing a forum for people to come, ask questons and get informed about education issues.”

Sen. Hwang, who formerly represented Trumbull and Fairfield in Hartford, promised to never forget Trumbull when he was elected to his new post, according to Neumann.

“He participated in our last forum and agreed to be moderator this time,” Neumann said.

Neumann said BEI held a similar panel four years ago and it was well-received.

Topics for discussion will include: Outlook about issues affecting education in the upcoming legislative session, views about State Department of Education priorities for near future, and ideas about how to more fully engage middle and high school students in state government.

“We are hoping for real, spirited exchange of information, knowledge and understanding,” Neumann said. “We are doing it not only for the benefit of community, but for the legislators and interim director to hear from one another.”

All are welcome at the panel, but asked to RSVP by Feb. 21, by emailing

The panel will be televised and replayed on Trumbull Community Television.