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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 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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