On February 8th Governor Malloy gave his State of the State address and kicked off the 2012 legislative session. He said last year that he would focus on education reform in 2012. From his speech today (which can be viewed on the CTN cable channel) it sounds like it might really happen.
From educator certification and evaluations, to school turnarounds, to more equitable funding for students in Connecticut’s public schools of choice and underfunded districts, to teacher tenure reform, the governor laid out a bold set of education proposals.
The governor said that “no one should doubt my resolve: I am determined to fix our public schools,” it’s up to the legislature to respond by bringing these proposals to life in the kind of student-centered legislation we’ve been waiting on for years.
The Governor outlined 6 major principle initiatives:
1) Enhance family access to early childhood education
2) State support and intervention in low performing schools
3) Expand availability of high quality school models
4) Remove red tape and other barriers to success
5) Develop the very best teachers and principals
6) Deliver more resources to districts that embrace reform
Click below to read Governor Malloy’s message and more information about his proposals, and information regarding the reorganization of the Connecticut State Department of Education. To view the language in the actual Governor’s Bill (Senate Bill 24,) go to the Reports and Documents Page of this website.
If you are interested in doing more than emailing letters, and can provide direct testimony in Hartford, please let us know by emailing us at redapples@redapples norwalk.org.
Public testimony dates are currently scheduled for February 22, 29 and March 7.
The Year for Education Reform in Connecticut and Norwalk begins today!