A new group is being created to push for education reforms in Connecticut, particularly measures intended to close the achievement gap between wealthy and poor students.

Business leaders and other organizers plan to announce details of the nonprofit group Tuesday, calling it the Connecticut Council for Education Reform.

The group is born out of the Connecticut Commission on Educational Achievement, appointed in 2010 by former Gov. M. Jodi Rell. That group’s recommendations included more access to early childhood education, more accountability and recognition for teachers’ proficiency as well as better support for struggling students.

Education experts have said Connecticut has the nation’s largest achievement gap between wealthy and poor students, and that the gap is also mirrored in the difference between white and minority children’s test scores.


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