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CT Mirror: Business Leaders Outline ‘Essential’ Reforms to Close Education Achievement Gap

By Jacqueline Rabe

A group of state business leaders released a set of recommendations today that they say will help narrow the state’s education achievement gap—proposals that are likely to prove both costly and controversial…

Connecticut has the largest achievement gap in the U.S. Minority students and those from low-income families routinely score below their white and more affluent classmates on U.S. Department of Education reading and mathematics tests.

This education reform platform — endorsed by past and present business leaders from People’s Bank, New Alliance Bank, The Hartford, Connecticut Business and Industry Association and GE Asset Management Group — contains recommendations that have been controversial in the past, including linking teacher pay and tenure decisions to student performance.

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