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Malloy Praises Passage of 'Meaningful Education Reform' Agreement

Many questions still remained about the education reform agreement that the governor and legislature announced Monday night.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy got an education reform package late Monday, while the Connecticut Education Association, the state's largest teachers union, also appeared to get what it wanted, as the final agreement appears to be somewhat of a compromise between the governor's initial proposal and ones backed by the union. 

Although details of the agreement were still cloudy late Monday, and any bill making the proposed reforms law must still be approved by the legislature, Malloy hailed the agreement as one that will bring "meaningful education reform" to Connecticut. 

"I can say, with confidence, that this bill will allow us to begin fixing what is broken in our public schools," Malloy said during a hastily assembled press conference late Monday evening at the state Capitol. 

Highlights of the agreement include: 

  • The bill will create 1,000 new seats in preschool programs designated for "high need, low performing communities." 
  • The bill will provide "intensive supports and interventions" for 25 designated "chronically low-performing" schools throughout the state, including plans for Turnaround Committees and pilot programs within those districts to advance the reforms. 
  • Expanded funding and access to charter schools in the lowest performing districts, and additional funding for magnet schools, technical high schools and agricultural science schools. 
  • Changes to the teacher tenure and evaluation programs that ties tenure to "effectiveness" and provides for the dismissal of "ineffective" teachers. 
  • A $50 million increase in the Education Cost Sharing grant to Connecticut public schools, with $39.5 million designated to the 30 lowest performing districts. 

Malloy addressed the need for education reform in his address to kick off the legislative session back in February, but the current process was fraught with controversy, as the Connecticut Education Association mobilized against many of Malloy's efforts. The agreement reached Monday is viewed as a compromise, and even Malloy seemed to acknowledge that it will not result in immediate and drastic changes to Connecticut's public schools. The legislature is scheduled to adjourn for the year Wednesday, so the push to hammer out an agreement also brushed up against the clock. 

“This is a big issue – maybe the biggest we’ll tackle, because it involves our children. And with any big issue, especially when you’re trying to change things, it’s hard. Change is hard," Malloy said. “But we have achieved change, and our children will benefit. We will not fix what’s broken overnight – we can’t. But we will begin to."

Highlights of the education reform proposal can be viewed here

Click here to compare the current Education Statute to the education reform legislation. 

Spiff May 08, 2012 at 03:53 PM
While the Democrats like Dan Malloy and Barack Obama say they're working for the middle class, they actually aren't! Their policies and programs hurt the middle class, and it looks like some of you readers are starting to recognize that. These Democratic programs are designed for, as you pointed out METrip, low income families, those who, pay the least amount of taxes, or in most cases, no taxes (at least no income taxes). So, to all those who identify themselves as middle-class, remember that at the polls next November, Democratic policies and programs are hurting you.
N. Jon I. Twist May 08, 2012 at 06:26 PM
This Bill was written by the Unions. We need to get rid of the Unions in Education, that is what is making poor districts poor. Poor is an inherited trait like blonde hair, blue eyes and stupity. Why should one town get more money to Educate the Students in that town and less in another. All on the dole or paid by the State need to be drug tested.
Jerry O'Connor May 08, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Still more of a band aid than the major surgery that's needed. But it's a start and I credit the Governor for pushing this issue.
ryan pellegrini May 08, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Its easier to blame the teacher then themselves. The education system did a big disjustice to teacher aswell. The no child left behind act was a failure that no one wants to claim responcibility for. They again just blame the teachers for that aswell. Teacher dont teach anymore. they force feed test questions and tell the kid to memorize them so they can past the one test that moves them to the next grade. ITs a complete joke.
tina bourke May 08, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Whoops, I think I erased it? ***I said a prayer for this bill to pass.*** A whole is only as good as the sum of its parts...........
Greg May 08, 2012 at 10:12 PM
200 plus pages and not one elected official representing you read it before they voted on it Am I the only one really upset with that? Why would any one of MY Elected officials do such an irresponsible thing unless they were told to by their party or the Governor. They represent me and not their party or the Governor I am VERY disappointed and feel cheated by EVERY one of them. This bill may be fine but until they read the entire bill I do not want them voting on blind faith. In other posts the word moral has been used in lots of context- voting on such an important bill without reading and knowing everything in it to me is a REAL indication of a lack of a moral compass. Weeks spent discussing alcohol sales and hours spent on educational reform I wish the elections were tomorrow.
Dean May 08, 2012 at 11:30 PM
I am not confident this will work. The bill was all about teachers. All teachers teach, the question is how does this require students to work and learn. People seem to think a magical lesson will change the world, but the toughest things to get kids to understand is that they will accomplish nothing without hard work. This is the easy way out generation. Students who are the lowest have requirements to get alternative assignments which is less work. Even the Simpsons poked fun at education where kids who need the most help will get better by doing less work. I'm still amazed people buy that. Now that "education reform" is done maybe we can look at starting programs that teach kids the dangers of sex, drugs, alcohol, and bullying from grades 6 -12 and not shock but condition kids against these things. Let's look for ways to keep families together and fathers apart of kids lives. Also, let's look at lowering taxes in this state as well so the state can add jobs.
Rocky May 08, 2012 at 11:55 PM
The teachers unions endorsed Ned Lamont for governor instead of Malloy. This was due to Malloy's position on teachers and public employees. Malloy went after the teachers out of spite.
tchjjal May 09, 2012 at 12:59 AM
You're kidding, right? We had the biggest tax increase in the history of CT this year and still they are counting $200 million in the red so far..... Why do you think they are passing the liquor laws, the marijunna law, passing tolls, etc? It's their attempt to bring in more income for spending! They are not cutting the expenses! But our towns are receiving less and less to offset the cost of education! And we're building a "magic bus" route for over $600 million while our roads and bridges are falling apart! Wake up!
Darrell Lucas May 09, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Yeah! People helping people. I hate that. Grumble grumble... sick of seeing us Americans helping each other out.
Darrell Lucas May 09, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Agreed... but.. how do we engage uninterested families? Whats the problem? Tv? Facebook? Drugs and alcohol? If the parents are not interested in their children then what ARE they interested in?
Darrell Lucas May 09, 2012 at 03:25 AM
As a Democrat I also disagree with this practice. How on earth is a Representative or anyone suppose to read through this bill checking everything? Its like getting a 200 page cellphone contract to sign the next day. Hidden in the language it a "we keep your soul if you cancel early" clause.
Darrell Lucas May 09, 2012 at 03:26 AM
Um yeah there is more. We have to pay taxes every year. It ends when America ends. :-)
Marty Salvatore May 09, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Well isn't this an inconvenient fact. Better to just ignore it and continue to pretend that teachers just LOVE the guy. Then demonize them for it.
Darrell Lucas May 09, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Nice try Spiff but Republicans are NOWHERE CLOSE to helping the middle class. Start taxing the RICH and then you can talk about it. Thank you.
NativeNutmegger May 09, 2012 at 04:12 AM
CT has such underperforming schools because we already have such incredible social services. People move here just for them, and often bring with them problems like drug abuse, inability to speak English, etc.
Andrew Ziemba May 09, 2012 at 06:39 AM
If parents had to pay for the true proportional amount of the taxes for funding public schools for THEIR children, there would be riots with torches and guns confronting all levels of government. The only reason they can get away with these insane taxes is because the burden is spread across so many people. I can't believe all the bickering about how republicans and democrats are better than the other. They serve the same master and you are all the same slave to both. The only way out of the system of enslavement is to embrace freedom from both sides as opposed to what we have right now, which is tyranny from both sides.
George May 09, 2012 at 12:27 PM
"people helping people" is voluntary. This is being forced on me every week, when the State of CT steals the money out of my paycheck.
George May 09, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Why is it that when you criticize Democrats, you're immediately considered a Republican backer? I'm a Libertarian, so I don't really agree with either party. It's more of the case of voting for the lesser of 2 evils.
Wyatt May 09, 2012 at 01:52 PM
You raise a good point. Even conservatives who declare they are opposed to "spreading the wealth around" (to use Obama's phrasing) benefit tremendously from and implicitly support a massive re-distribution of wealth from the wider community to those with children. Families with children are the ultimate welfare recipients.
Marty Salvatore May 09, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Well now we are equating education to welfare. Fantastic.
Wyatt May 09, 2012 at 02:49 PM
@Marty. You apparently miss the point. In welfare, you take money from taxpayers to re-distribute it for the benefit of a narrow group of people. In public education, you take money from taxpayers to re-distribute it to benefit a narrow group of people - people with children in the public schools. Both are perfect examples of the re-distribution of wealth. If you have children in the public schools, everyone in town who owns property (regardless of whether they have kids or send their children to private school) pays for the education your child receives, all so you don't have to.
Spiff May 09, 2012 at 03:36 PM
OK Darrell, clearly you don't understand free-market capitalism. It's not the government's responsibility to help anyone, INCLUDING THE MIDDLE CLASS! It's everyone's own responsibility to help themselves. Government can only hinder this by passing laws, increasing taxes, and creating a business and consumer unfriendly political environment. When Governor Malloy signed his record tax increase last Summer, that hurt me, and I'm middle class! I don't have a problem paying taxes, but I do have a problem paying the most taxes (CT residents, on average, pay more in taxes than residents of any other state in the country!). The bloated beaurocracy in this state under the Democrats (that you and I have to pay for) hurts people like us (assuming your middle class too). So, please Darrell, until you get an understanding of how things work, keep your Democratic talking points to yourself.
Justin Truth May 09, 2012 at 05:52 PM
We don't have underperforming schools, the problem is that there is a wide discrepency between the performance of rich schools, Avon, Darien, etc compared to the poor schools, New Britain, Hartford, New Haven etc. Isn't this an example of real life, there is a huge discrepency between rich towns and poor towns. This education reform isn't about education, it's about letting in for profit schools to suck the money out of public education. Look at the players involved, Pryor - a lawyer, Malloy - A lawyer, all those supposed "grass roots" reformers - all from the finance industry, yep the ones that got bailed out on wall street. This bill will do exactly the opposite of what the "reformers" say they want, all the good teachers will leave the profession and be replaced by the fakers like achievement first.
Hope Rice May 10, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Hope Rice, Enfield on 2012-05-08 Someone, somewhere has to recognize the influence of drugs and other negatives among our teenagers while the teachers are attempting to educate them and broaden their thinking! They are living in a very toxic culture and unfortunately what goes on in the real world is clouding their vision. As long as the school is more focused on image and political correctness, we are doing our kids an injustice by not stripping the bark off and confronting the real problem many of our kids have just trying to focus on their education. Teenagers are vulnerable, curious and easily impressed by their peers, and a lot more goes into education than the noun must agree with the verb.
Spiff May 11, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Darrell, here is some more data for you: - The top 1% of earners pay about 40% of all income tax, - The top 10% of earners pay about 70% of all income tax, and - The bottom 50% of earners pay about 2% of all income tax. (Source: Wall Street Journal and the Internal Revenue Service) Looks to me like we already tax the rich! Actually, it appears they are carrying this country! Obama and his Democratic cronies are trying to pull the wool over your eyes with their class warfare rhetoric. Please don't simply repeat what they say until you actually have an understanding of the facts. They will not tell you the truth.
Susan McGuinness Getzinger May 14, 2012 at 11:45 AM
"The bill will create 1,000 new seats in preschool programs designated for "high need, low performing communities." The bill will provide "intensive supports and interventions" for 25 designated "chronically low-performing" schools throughout the state, including plans for Turnaround Committees and pilot programs within those districts to advance the reforms. Expanded funding and access to charter schools in the lowest performing districts, and additional funding for magnet schools, technical high schools and agricultural science schools. Changes to the teacher tenure and evaluation programs that ties tenure to "effectiveness" and provides for the dismissal of "ineffective" teachers. A $50 million increase in the Education Cost Sharing grant to Connecticut public schools, with $39.5 million designated to the 30 lowest performing districts. " & "“But we have achieved change, and our children will benefit. We will not fix what’s broken overnight – we can’t. But we will begin to."" - ...(con't below)...
Susan McGuinness Getzinger May 14, 2012 at 11:47 AM
(con’t from above)…Running for Senate is a CT Congressman whose father is a big wig at the LARGEST Educational law firm in CT (Shipman & Goodwin - http://www.shipmangoodwin.com/search.aspx?q=educational+law) - who influence the National Boards of Education, that , in turn, influences the State BOEs which influence the local BOEs - which control 68% of the budget in 169 CT school districts. Five law firms represent CT school districts, with two having access to half or more. Yes, it's "for the children" - and the new 1000 children that will be "mandated" to take more and earlier vaccines with autism now negatively impacting the lives of 1 in 54 boys, never mind ADHD, Asthma, Allergies & cancer - Google vaccine ingredients & ask if Big Pharma & Big Gov't are laughing all the way to the bank on the lives of our children. Some schools give the vaccines AT school without parental notification.
Andrew Ziemba May 14, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Well Depopulation is a major part of the great agenda of the new world order. They say that there are too many people on earth and that life will soon be unsustainable, like a herd of deer that peaked in population... So few people seem to care that now we have people who are in our population who were born in test tubes to 70 year old women with 3 parents and a birth weight of 1 pound. So few people seem to care that genetically modified foods are everywhere and taking over the planet. I'm not a patch writer but if I were, id write about Malloy vetoing the bill that had massive bipartisan support, that would require GMOs to be labeled. Soon we will have cloned people. They already have clones meat to eat. Everyone who has cancer is told that the best way to cure it is by cutting, burning, and poisoning you, when the truth is that the best way to deal with it is following a very specific diet with vegetable juicing. Parents think nothing of loading their children up on drugs and women themselves have no problem taking birth control pills every day which are proven to lead to massive cancer risk increases as well as a ton of other horrible illnesses. All of this information suppressed by the government and the media, because we are a country of corporatism, where the pharmaceutical industrial complex rules and all who oppose are labeled kooks.
Andrew Ziemba May 14, 2012 at 12:49 PM
It SHOULD be something that people strongly and viciously oppose, but anyone who talks about the legal, subsidized drugs in this country are instantly labeled "conspiracy theorists" and "kooks" by the very people who's brains are being turned to mush. It's absolutely pathetic to see how many parents give their kids "medication" to help them. Turn off your TV, stop reading the newspaper, and go do some online research...you can still detoxify your body from those horrible drugs.

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