HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ College students from across Connecticut are expected to rally at the state Capitol in support of overhauling the state’s public education system.

More than 200 students are scheduled to gather on the Capitol steps on Thursday evening.

The rally is hosted by local chapters of the group Students for Education Reform, a national non-profit organization. It is affiliated with the Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now or ConnCAN, a New Haven-based school reform organization and a strong proponent for charter schools.

The rally comes as closed-door negotiations continue over a wide-ranging bill that attempts to improve student performance, expand access to early childhood education, change teacher standards and close the state’s achievement gap.

The General Assembly has until its May 9th adjournment date to act on the bill.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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