Governor: 2012 is Year of Change in Education
“The time has come for change in our schools,” said Governor Malloy in a recent letter to the General Assembly. Last week, the Governor convened a high-level education workshop to develop specific ideas for change to bring to the legislature this year.
At the workshop, state Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor revealed results of his survey of state school superintendents that found they are very frustrated about being able to make changes.
The Governor said that his administration will work with Commissioner Pryor to craft legislation “potent enough to make Connecticut a national leader in narrowing the achievement gap and comprehensive enough to set the stage for a restoration of Connecticut as a model for creating academic excellence for all.”
Connecticut's task, he said, must be to “hold ourselves to a higher standard where no child is left unsuccessful, no child fails to reach his or her potential, no state goes through what we did the last 22 years and ill-prepares its workforce.”
He has made accountability an education reform priority, saying schools should have “the very best teachers and principals – working within a fair system that values skill and effectiveness over seniority and tenure.”
CBIA agrees that reforming education is a priority for Connecticut, especially the long-term health of the state’s economy. The association looks forward to working with the administration and state lawmakers this year on several reforms designed to close the achievement gap and open new opportunities for the young people of the state.
The CBIA Government Affairs Program for 2012 includes many suggestions for positive education reforms.
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