In a release Wednesday,
the Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now, also known as ConnCAN
, an education advocacy organization, urged Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the General Assembly "to protect the
progress made for students" in Connecticut "with last year’s
groundbreaking education reform law."
The release cited Public-Act
"Less than one-year later, several key measures of the education
reform law may be under attack in the midst of lawmakers’ efforts" address state budget issues, the release said.
"Connecticut suffers from the
student achievement gap on the National Assessment of Educational Progress." the release said.
order to address this problem, (Malloy) championed a
legislative effort last year to enact a set of much-needed reforms, which the
General Assembly approved with nearly unanimous support," the release said.
“When it comes to
improving educational outcomes for all kids, Governor Malloy has led the charge
to fight for improvements our students so desperately need,” said Jennifer
Alexander, show in photo and acting CEO for ConnCAN, also in the release.
"Since the passage of Public
Act 12-116 last May, a dire budget crunch forced state legislators to make some
tough choices: last
month’s deficit mitigation plan cut a total of $11.4 million from education
funding, and nearly half (47 percent) of those cuts were to key pillars of the
education reform law," the release said.
According to the ConnCan release, elements of the state reform package that were cut last month include
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Network: which was created last year to turn around 25 of our state’s
lowest-performing schools, and help the thousands of Connecticut students who
are stuck in these failing schools – had nearly one-third of its annual budget
($2,425,000) gutted by last month’s deficit mitigation plan.
Per-Pupil Funding for
Charter Schools: Per-pupil increases for charter school students –
necessary to begin closing the state’s unfair funding gap between traditional
public school students and public charter students – took a $2 million haircut,
which equates to slashing $300 from each student.
New Statewide Educator
Evaluation Program: The new statewide educator evaluation program –
created to provide the feedback and support necessary to further empower
high-performing teachers and principals, make certain that low-performing
teachers get the help they need, and allow for the swift dismissal of those who
consistently fail to improve – received up to a $1 million cut in funds as part
of the deficit mitigation plan.
Editor's note: All information in this post was contributed.
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