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Hartford Courant: Governor’s Commission Proposes Dozens of Reforms



The governor’s commission on the state’s achievement gap presented dozens of bold reform proposals Tuesday, including a state-funded preschool for all low-income students, a requirement that high school students pass a test before they can graduate and linking teacher pay and tenure to student performance…

The commission, composed mostly of business leaders, spent nearly eight months compiling the report. The group held hearings, met with 150 educational experts, conducted extensive research and traveled to three other states to learn about successful reforms.

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Greenwich Time: Is Greenwich Cable Entrepreneur Connecticut’s ‘Superman’?


By Lisa Chamoff

Steven Simmons credits his public school education while growing up on Long Island, N.Y., with instilling his lifelong interest in learning and a strong work ethic…

About a year-and-a-half ago, Simmons said he became aware of the achievement gap. After dozens of phone calls, meetings and conversations, Simmons developed the concept of a committee to examine the situation. He then met with Gov. M. Jodi Rell, who agreed to appoint the commission.

Simmons said the commission’s members, which include CEOs, a former teacher and other businesspeople with interest in education issues, visited schools and met with nearly 200 educational experts, including officials at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and in Delaware, which was one of the first states to receive Race to the Top funding. The commission also held six public hearings around the state.

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Connecticut Returning to School Amidst Worst Achievement Gap in the Nation


HARTFORD, CT – More than 550-thousand Connecticut children return to the classroom this week, but they are returning to a state system that is producing the largest achievement gap in the nation.

In Connecticut, the gap between low-income and non low-income students is wider than that of any other state. 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.Read More »

Governor Rell Establishes Citizens’ Education Commission to Help Close Achievement Gap


Governor M. Jodi Rell today announced that Connecticut children have another strong advocate in their corner for quality public education with the establishment of the Connecticut Commission on Educational Achievement.

The volunteer and privately funded commission, which is composed primarily of business leaders and includes several other professionals, was established by Governor Rell through Executive Order No. 40. The group will research why Connecticut has one of the largest achievement gaps between low-income students and their more affluent peers, and make recommendations to the Governor, lawmakers, relevant state and local institutions and the public on how to close it.Read More »

CCER’s 10-Year Policy Plan to Narrow the Achievement Gap

In 2010, the Connecticut Commission on Educational Achievement (CCEA) framed several important policy changes and actions necessary to radically improve public education in our state. One of the recommendations was to form an independent non-profit organization whose focus would be to propel these ideas from theory to practice in Connecticut’s public schools. This was the birth of CCER.

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