Public Hearings Set on Governor’s Education Reforms
Now that Governor Malloy has proposed sweeping reforms of Connecticut’s public education system, it’s the legislature’s turn to put them under the microscope.
· Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 1:15 pm in Room 1E of the Legislative Office Building
· Wednesday, Feb. 22, at noon in Room 1E, LOB
On Tuesday, the committee intends to focus on the bill’s proposals for changing rules regarding teacher tenure, performance evaluations and recruitment grants, as well as technical high school governing structures and early childhood education.
On Wednesday, the committee will turn to issues including, among other things, funding for charter schools and other school-choice programs; a uniform system of accounting; and accountability for low-performing schools, including the proposed Commissioner’s Network Schools.
The reforms represent a paradigm shift in Connecticut’s approach to education and are likely to generate spirited debate.
CBIA has applauded Governor Malloy for his call to action on education reform, and urges state legislators to support the governor’s reforms, as outlined in his State of the State address. (And which match many of CBIA’s recommendations contained in its 2012 Government Affairs Program.)
A strong positive bipartisan reaction to the governor’s message thus far has signaled that lawmakers recognize that a monumental opportunity is at hand; a chance to make a real change for the better in Connecticut by preparing young people for successful, productive, and happy lives.
What’s more, businesses cannot compete in a global marketplace without a skilled, capable workforce—something only a high quality education can deliver.
CBIA will be at the Education Committee hearings and will report on their progress next week.
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