Malloy Unveils Education Reform Ideas

Governor proposes ambitious legislation to close the achievement gap.

Tuesday, Dec 20, 2011  |  Updated 3:09 PM EDT
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Malloy Unveils Education Reform Ideas

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Governor Dan Malloy laid out his priorities for education.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said on Tuesday he will push lawmakers to allow more state intervention in troubled school districts, more autonomy for high-achieving schools, teacher evaluations that emphasize skill over seniority and other changes.

Malloy sent a letter on Tuesday to legislative leaders that outlines his education reform priorities for their next General Assembly session, which convenes in February.

Connecticut cannot accept "half-measures and repackaged versions of the status quo," he said, and asked Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor to propose ambitious legislation to close the achievement gap between wealthy and low-income students.

Malloy said he also wants more access to high-quality early education programs, even though Connecticut lost its bid for $50 million in federal grants for that work.

Malloy is convening a Jan. 5 workshop on the reform ideas.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said on Tuesday he will push lawmakers to allow more state intervention in troubled school districts, more autonomy for high-achieving schools, teacher evaluations that emphasize skill over seniority and other changes.

Malloy sent a letter on Tuesday to legislative leaders that outlines his education reform priorities for their next General Assembly session, which convenes in February.

Connecticut cannot accept "half-measures and repackaged versions of the status quo," he said, and asked Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor to propose ambitious legislation to close the achievement gap between wealthy and low-income students.

Malloy said he also wants more access to high-quality early education programs, even though Connecticut lost its bid for $50 million in federal grants for that work.

Malloy is convening a Jan. 5 workshop on the reform ideas.
 

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