The state's largest business organization today called Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's education reform initiatives "a sign of real progress" in ensuring that every child in Connecticut has the chance to succeed.

"The principles for education reform put forth today by the Governor are an important step forward in addressing a critical issue to Connecticut," said John R. Rathgeber, president and CEO of the Connecticut Business & Industry Association.

"It is critical that we work together going forward, so we can close the achievement gap and create an education system that provides all young people with the opportunity to succeed.

"Today's global economy demands that we raise the academic performance of all students and develop a highly skilled, 21st-century workforce."

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CBIA is Connecticut's largest business organization, with 10,000 member companies. For more information, please contact Meaghan MacDonald (860.244.1957; meaghan.macdonald@cbia.com).