Danbury News-Times: Groups Join in Single Voice on Education

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By Eileen FitzGerald

Published by Danbury News-Times, February 14, 2012

The leaders of six state organizations stood together Tuesday at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford to offer what some consider an unprecedented declaration of unity over thorny issues in school reform.

Representatives from the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents, Connecticut Association of Schools, Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, Connecticut Business and Industry Association, Connecticut Council for Education Reform and the Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now announced they plan to lead reform with one voice and seek legislation on six key issues.

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Waterbury Republican-American: Education Advocates Meet Today in Hartford

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By Michelle Puffer

Published in Waterbury Republican-American, February 14, 2012

HARTFORD — Six of the most important groups involved in shaping Connecticut education policy will come together Tuesday to announce joint priorities for reform.

The meeting at the state Capitol comes as Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has put an ambitious array of education proposals before lawmakers. Paired with $128 million in new spending, Malloy is advocating more direct state involvement troubled schools, and politically difficult teacher tenure reforms.

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Boston Globe: Education Groups Team Up to Promote Reform Ideas

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By Stephanie Reitz

Published by the Boston Globe, February 14, 2012

Groups representing school boards, superintendents, business groups and education reform activists are joining to announce their shared priorities for the new Connecticut legislative session.

Representatives of the six groups will meet Tuesday to discuss their concerns about closing the achievement gap between wealthy and poor students.

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New Haven Register: Connecticut Education-related Groups Gather to Decide on Priorities for Legislative Session

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Published by New Haven Register, February 14, 2012

HARTFORD — Groups representing school boards, superintendents, business groups and education reform activists are joining to announce their shared priorities for the new Connecticut legislative session.

Representatives of the six groups will meet Tuesday to discuss their concerns about closing the achievement gap between wealthy and poor students.

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Stamford Advocate: Education Groups Team Up to Promote Reform Ideas

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Published by Stamford Advocate, February 14, 2012

HARTFORD (AP) — Groups representing school boards, superintendents, business groups and education reform activists are joining to announce their shared priorities for the new Connecticut legislative session.

Representatives of the six groups were scheduled to meet Tuesday to discuss their concerns about closing the achievement gap between wealthy and poor students.

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WSTC-AM & WNLK-AM: “Fairfield County Focus” Radio Show

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Airs on WSTC-AM (Stamford) and WNLK-AM (Norwalk) on Sunday mornings

This week the focus is on economic disparity in Fairfield County. The difference between the very rich and very poor in the county is more extreme than possibly anywhere else in the nation. WSHU’s Craig LeMoult spoke with Orlando Rodriguez of Connecticut Voices for Children about income inequality in the region. We also hear from Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy and Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor about new education reform proposalsintended to address the student achievement gap. Read More »

The Laurel: CT’s Version of “Waiting for Superman”

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Published by The Laurel, February 9, 2012

On Thursday, February 9th at 8:30 pm, Connecticut Public Television will premiere a three-part series called Great Expectations: Raising Educational Achievement. Click here for a preview. The series was produced by documentary filmmaker Jonathan Robinson and “explores our current educational landscape and takes us on a journey of Connecticut’s potential and hopeful achievement.” Great Expectations: Raising Educational Achievement was funded by the Connecticut Council for Education Reform (CCER).

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News Times: Malloy Makes Bold Education Promises

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By Eileen FitzGerald

Published by NewsTimes.com, February 8, 2012

“In too many places, Connecticut public schools are failing their two most basic missions: to provide children with an equal, world-class education, irrespective of race or income, and to ensure that their skills and knowledge match the needs of Connecticut’s employers.”

That’s what Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says and that is why he’s urging bold changes to the state’s education system — and more money to make them.

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Wall Street Journal: Revamping Connecticut’s Education System

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By Shelly Banjo

Published by Wall Street Journal, February 8, 2012

Cable entrepreneur Steve Simmons says he wants Connecticut to have its own “Waiting for Superman” moment, referring to the 2010 documentary about failures in the American school system that he says helped spur a nationwide movement to improve public education.

To that end, the Connecticut Council for Education Reform and Mr. Simmons, of Greenwich, have put up $250,000 to create a documentary to call attention to the state’s own struggling public school system.

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CT News Junkie: Goodbye to the Status Quo

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By Rae Ann Knopf

Published by CT News Junkie, February 3, 2012

To any skeptics who asked last year whether Governor Dan Malloy truly intended to make the 2012 legislative session “the education session”, those doubts have been answered. Even before the formal opening of the session, we’ve seen enormous strides towards reforming education in Connecticut.

The Governor and his Education Commissioner, Stefan Pryor, are showing no interest in maintaining the status quo. Last week, the Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC) unanimously agreed on a model teacher evaluation system that includes student performance as a primary factor. Additionally, the new evaluation system will form the cornerstone of school turnaround efforts in the schools that are most challenged with meeting the diverse learning needs of their students.

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