Education Rally at Capitol

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Advocates for charter schools and education reform are holding a rally at the state Capitol, urging Connecticut lawmakers to replenish cuts they’ve made to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s education spending proposals.

The Democratic governor, who made education reform the centerpiece of last year’s legislative session, is expected to appear at Thursday’s event on the north steps of the Capitol. Students and clergy are also anticipated to be on hand.

Advocates said the spending plan recently passed by the General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee cuts $47.1 million from Malloy’s education initiatives. For example, the committee included less funding for charter schools and the Commissioner’s Network _ an effort to help low-performing schools.

Malloy and legislative leaders are expected to spend the coming weeks negotiating a final agreement on a new, two-year budget.

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