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Hayes and Courtney’s COVID Lockdowns Hurt Our Children

Countless studies now show that the COVID lockdowns supported by Representative Jahana Hayes (CT-05) and Representative Joe Courtney (CT-02) have resulted in stark declines in middle and elementary school test scores.


Here is what the numbers show us:

  • The decline in math scores last year was the biggest in the past 50 years.
  • The lowest-performing students scored at levels last recorded in the 1970s, when the assessment began.
  • Scores declined among all racial and ethnic groups, and among both male and female students, and across urban, suburban, and rural areas.

Jahana Hayes accepted $17,000 in 2022 from teachers’ unions that were instrumental in the policies that kept schools closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, Joe Courtney accepted at least $10,000 from those same teachers’ unions.


“The cost of Jahana Hayes’s obedience was cheap for the corrupt teachers’ unions. But the price for Connecticut’s children may mean the American Dream is even further out of reach,” said NRCC Spokeswoman Savannah Viar.