Teachers union leaders and local officials voiced their vehement opposition Tuesday to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposal to shift one third of teachers pension costs — $400 million — to cities and towns.
Public K-12 education has always been a contentious topic among political parties. Federal funding, the Common Core State Standards Initiative and more recently, voucher-like tax programs for private institutions are just a few of the issues debated when it comes to educational reform in our country.
The sizable graduation gap between Connecticut’s minority and white high school students narrowed slightly in 2016 while the state’s overall graduation rate nudged up to a record high of 87.4 percent, according to state Department of Education figures released Monday.
After years of intense opposition from teachers unions, the State Board of Education reversed course and voted Wednesday to eliminate a requirement that state standardized test scores be used in teacher evaluations.
The State Board of Education is poised to consider a dramatic reversal in the state’s education policy at its Wednesday meeting: removing the requirement for inclusion of state standardized test scores in teachers’ evaluation ratings.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said he has lost faith in Connecticut’s nationally touted school-desegregation efforts and argued that Hartford students would be better served if the landmark Sheff v. O’Neill case returned to court for a fresh round of judicial review.
Responding to an outcry over Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s plan to provide more money for poor districts and to slash state assistance for wealthier schools, legislators took up a proposal that largely preserves the existing funding formula for local education.
For those who ridiculed Betsy DeVos for mentioning “potential grizzlies” as a reason for keeping a gun in schools for safety, it may be time to start lining up to apologize: A bear put a pair of Connecticut schools on lockdown this week.
For the first time, the state released school and district accountability figures Tuesday that include a measure of how much students have grown academically on the state’s standardized test from year to year.
We applaud Governor Malloy for taking long-overdue steps to replace our broken system of funding public education and for his willingness to tackle this issue of fundamental fairness for our state’s children, rather than wait for the courts to decide the matter.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy proposed Monday to shift state education funding from wealthier districts — in some cases districts with shrinking enrollment — to urban areas where students are impoverished and often enrollment is growing.