By SUSAN HAIGH, Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says there are teachers who “don’t belong” in the classroom and Connecticut needs to join other states in reforming teacher tenure rules in order to turn around low-performing schools and regain the state’s competitive edge.

Malloy was testifying before the General Assembly’s Education Committee on Tuesday about his wide-ranging plan to improve public schools. A second hearing is planned Wednesday.

While the bill is multifaceted, tenure changes are expected to be a top issue. About 100 people, including elected officials, have signed up to speak at the hearing. About one-third are teachers.

Teachers in Connecticut currently receive tenure protections after working 40 school months, or four years. Malloy has said tenure is “too easy to get” and it’s “too hard to take away” from problem teachers.

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

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