Malloy Unveils School Reform Ideas

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he will push lawmakers to allow more state intervention in troubled school districts, more autonomy for high-achieving schools, teacher evaluations that emphasize skill over seniority and other changes.

Malloy sent a letter Tuesday to legislative leaders outlining his education reform priorities for their next General Assembly session, which convenes in February.

He says Connecticut cannot accept “half-measures and repackaged versions of the status quo,” and that he’s asked Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor to propose ambitious legislation to close the achievement gap between wealthy and low-income students.

Malloy says he also wants more access to high-quality early education programs, even though Connecticut lost its bid for $50 million in federal grants for that work.

Malloy is convening a Jan. 5 workshop on the reform ideas.

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