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Malloy Unveils School Reform Ideas

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Governor Dannel Malloy at the UConn Health Center. File photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

Governor Dannel Malloy at the UConn Health Center. File photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

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.

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

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