Grade-less Schools, All-Day Kindergarten, Universal Preschool Win Board Praise

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut’s state Board of Education is praising a slate of reform proposals from a superintendents’ group, which calls for a range of ideas that include eliminating age-based grade levels and promoting students based on their skills.

Also among the ideas are providing all-day kindergarten and universal preschool, replacing teacher tenure with five-year renewable contracts and giving school districts the taxing authority to control their own finances.

The Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents presented its proposals Wednesday to the Board of Education.

That board did not act, but members and Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor praised the report as innovative and good fodder for its own proposals.

They are working on reform ideas to offer lawmakers for the 2012 legislative session, which convenes in February and will focus intensively on education.

 (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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