The CT Candidate’s Guide to Public Education in 2018

In 2018, several organizations that care strongly about public education got together to create a non-partisan guide for gubernatorial candidates about the state of public education in Connecticut. This short document presents facts about public education today, as well as a broad vision for Connecticut’s future.

Our state’s economic vitality and moral integrity depend upon providing a high-quality experience to all public school students. That’s why it is our hope that Connecticut’s 2018 candidates will actively engage with the issues confronting public schools and discuss solutions for improvement.

Seattle Times: Receiver Named for ‘Underperforming’ School District

By Associated Press

Jeffrey Villar will oversee the school district that was placed in state receivership last January after being designated as “chronically underperforming” by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Villar is executive director of the Connecticut Council for Education Reform. He previously served as a school superintendent in Windsor and Rocky Hill, Connecticut.

Read the full article here.

LA Times: Receiver Named for ‘Underperforming’ School District

By Associated Press

Jeffrey Villar will oversee the school district that was placed in state receivership last January after being designated as “chronically underperforming” by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Villar is executive director of the Connecticut Council for Education Reform. He previously served as a school superintendent in Windsor and Rocky Hill, Connecticut.

Read the full article here.

US News: Receiver Named for ‘Underperforming’ School District

By Associated Press

Jeffrey Villar will oversee the school district that was placed in state receivership last January after being designated as “chronically underperforming” by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Villar is executive director of the Connecticut Council for Education Reform. He previously served as a school superintendent in Windsor and Rocky Hill, Connecticut.

Read the full article here.

Hartford Business Journal: Education reform leader Villar to depart CBIA for Mass. job

By Patricia Daddona

Jeffrey Villar is leaving his post as executive director of the Connecticut Council for Education Reform to take a new position with the Southbridge, Mass., school district.

Villar, who also is vice president of education policy at CBIA, has lead CCER since 2013. Last year, he worked with the CCER board and CBIA staff on the formal affiliation of the two organizations.

Read the full article here.

Telegram.com: Connecticut educator is next receiver for Southbridge schools

By Brian Lee

Connecticut educator Jeffrey Villar has been appointed as the next receiver for Southbridge Public Schools, effective Feb. 12.

Mr. Villar is executive director of the Connecticut Council for Education Reform and was a superintendent in Windsor and Rocky Hill, Connecticut.

Read the full article here.

CT Mirror-Lessons from Next Door: Massachusetts is like CT, But Does a Better Job Educating the Poor

Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

Since then, state lawmakers still haven’t made the changes that preceded Massachusetts’ gains – or they have moved forward more cautiously.

‘Every year we adults play around with whether local control matters or not is a year that kids aren’t getting access to high-quality education in places like Bridgeport,’ said Jeffrey Villar, executive director of the Connecticut Council for Education Reform, which lobbies at the state Capitol for the state’s chief business coalition.

Read the full article here.

Hartford Courant: Bloomfield’s James Thompson Named Superintendent of the Year

By Steven Goode

During his tenure, the high school graduation rate has increased by 17 percentage points and Bloomfield students have outgained state averages on standardized test scores.

Jeffrey Villar, executive director of the Connecticut Council for Education Reform, which has worked with Bloomfield schools, said Thompson is a “perfect choice” for the award.

“His 40 years of experience is really paying off for Bloomfield,” Villar said.

Read the full piece here.

Harvard Political Review–All or Nothing: Understanding Connecticut’s Stark Political Polarization

By Lauren Fadiman

Connecticut’s wealth disparity also manifests itself in educational imbalances. According to the Connecticut Council for Education Reform, Connecticut is home to the largest educational achievement gap in the United States. In Fairfield County, New Canaan, a top-performing, wealthy, almost entirely white district borders Bridgeport, a low-performing, impoverished district. In the former, students perform about three grade levels above the national average; in the latter, students perform about two grade levels behind the national average. This problem has existed for years, predominantly impacting communities of color that, due to the segregative housing policies of Connecticut’s past, live in economically disadvantaged areas.

Read the full piece here.

Connecticut Health Investigative Team: Low Graduation Rates Tied To Absenteeism, Poverty In Urban Schools

By Molli DeRosa

According to the Connecticut Council for Education Reform, Connecticut has the largest education achievement gap in the United States, meaning wealthier students are assumed to be doing well in school, but lower-income students are assumed to be doing poorly. The council also states on its website that one factor contributing to the achievement gap in schools is the “need for more effective teachers and school leaders.”

Read the full piece here.

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