Connecticut Post Editorial: School Gap Plan a Good First Step

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Proposals put forth last week by the Connecticut Commission on Educational Achievement, a panel formed by Gov. M. Jodi Rell to recommend ways to close the achievement gap between affluent/white and poor/minority students in the state, deserve close study.

Connecticut’s achievement gap is the largest in the nation. Closing the gap is essential to the state’s future and is a matter of basic human rights…

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New Haven Register: Panel Offers Ideas for Improving Our Education

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Published by New Haven Register, October 21, 2010

The governor-appointed Connecticut Commission on Educational Achievement has released a long list of recommendations for how the state can close its lingering achievement gap.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell established the commission in March with a mission of looking at why Connecticut has one of the worst achievement gaps in the country.

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New Haven Independent: It’s Not Just A City Problem

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Saying that black and Latino kids are falling behind peers not just in New Haven but in Greenwich, business leaders unveiled a statewide plan to close the achievement gap over 10 years through extra tutoring, mandatory pre-K, and longer school days. among other ideas.

‘The winds of change are in the air’ for education reform, said Steven Simmons (pictured), who chaired the commission, citing President Obama’s ‘Race To The Top’ program for education reform. ‘We think there’s a window of opportunity here to begin to narrow the gap.’

Simmons predicted if the recommendations are implemented in the next decade, the state’s struggling students will catch up to their peers.

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Associated Press: Group Says State Should Do More For Students

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A state-appointed education committee says it has a ten-year plan to help reduce Connecticut’s achievement gap between low-income students and their peers, which it says is the worst in the country….

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Waterbury Republican American: Report Offers Ideas to Ease Learning Gap in the Schools

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A commission formed by Gov. M. Jodi Rell to find ways to reverse Connecticut’s huge school performance gap between minority and whites, and between middle class and poor students, released findings Tuesday…

Simmons said a number of his commission members will continue their work, forming a new group to lobby and work to implement reform. Details about the new group, including membership, will be announced after the November election, Simmons said.

‘It’s important not just for the children involved, but it’s important for the state,’ Simmons said. ‘Businesses will not move here if they can’t get the skilled workers they need as employees. It impacts the ability of the state to grow and our employment rate.’

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WFSB Eyewitness News: Malloy, Foley Face Off In Debate

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Gubernatorial candidates Democrat Dan Malloy and Republican Tom Foley faced off Tuesday in a debate sponsored by Channel 3 and Connecticut Public Broadcasting…

The two candidates also said they supported recommendations released Tuesday by a state education committee on reducing the academic performance gap between Connecticut’s low-income students and their peers. The Connecticut Commission on Educational Achievement said the state has the highest achievement gap in the nation but maintained that if the group’s proposals were implemented the state would close the gap within ten years. Foley said his plan to reduce the gap is nearly the same as the committee’s. He says he wants to hold educators more accountable, approve a school choice plan, grade schools and give the state the authority to step in and fix troubled schools. Malloy said he also supports the commission’s plan but said the proposals should have been put in place years ago.

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The Associated Press: Committee Outlines Plan to Reduce Education “Achievement Gap”

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A state-appointed education committee says it has a ten-year plan to help reduce Connecticut’s achievement gap between low-income students and their peers, which it says is the worst in the country.

The commission says many of its recommendations call for reallocating resources and over time should help shrink a 34-point gap between the state’s poorest and more affluent students.

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Hartford Courant: First, Give Me A Governor Who Believes in Public Education

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By Rick Green

A panel of education and business leaders has assembled an impressive (and exhausting) punch list of what we must do to erase the achievement gap — a massive 65-item agenda that covers everything from kindergarten to teacher pay to summer school to school funding.

Bravo. We need more CEOs, bankers and businessmen and women who grasp the most important issue facing Connecticut – there is no economic future when you have public schools where poor, minority children fail and white suburban students succeed.

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

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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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HartfordBusiness–Panel: CT Must Overhaul Its School System

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Connecticut must overhaul its education system to narrow the achievement gap among low-income fourth- and eighth-graders that is the nation’s worst, a blue-ribbon state panel says…

In Connecticut, the gap between low-income and non low-income students is wider than that of any other state, the panel appointed by Gov. M. Jodi Rell said. Studies show that 4th and 8th grade low-income students in the state are, on average, roughly three grade-levels or more behind non low-income students in reading and math.

‘There is a misconception that Connecticut’s achievement gap is wide only because our state has some of the nation’s highest-achieving students,’ said Roxanne Coady, President and Founder R. J. Julia Booksellers. ‘But the numbers also show that our low income students are in the bottom third on some key tests compared to low income children in other states. This is also a big contributor to the achievement gap. And it’s important to note that this is not just an urban issue. It exists in most of our towns throughout the state.’

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