HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, a Republican candidate for governor, is calling on Connecticut’s education commissioner to resign, saying he has failed to implement Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s key education reform initiatives.
McKinney said proposals for Common Core curriculum standards and new teacher evaluations received “limited input from teachers” during “an overly ambitious schedule.” Ultimately, McKinney said Malloy and the commissioner, Stefan Pryor, lost the confidence of parents and educators across the state. Also, he said the roll-out “has been met with confusion and frustration” by teachers, administrators and parents.
In response, Malloy’s Chief of Staff Mark Ojakian (oh-JAY’-kee-an) said the administration is working with teachers and parents to improve public education while McKinney “is working to further his political ambitions by scoring points at the expense of Connecticut’s children.”
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