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Governor takes his education agenda to the voters…

Governor Malloy is ramping up his effort to enact his reform agenda, the ideas contained in his bill, called “The Governor’s Bill Number 24.”  He begins holding town hall meetings this week. The meetings begin in Hartford tomorrow and continue through mid-March. See schedule, as of today, below.
We ask you, your colleagues, and parents to attend and to give the governor the insights he needs to get reform right. Respectfully, but forcefully, we need to tell the governor our concerns with the bill’s experimental and unproven programs that would:
  • tie a teacher’s license to a supervisor’s evaluation
  • weaken collective bargaining that serves our communities and teachers well
  • shifts local tax dollars away from local public schools to charter schools
It’s important to remember that while teachers have serious concerns about many parts of the governor’s bill, there are elements we support including improving access to early childhood programs; creating a career ladder for master teachers; moving from CEUs to embedded professional development for educators; focusing on low-performing schools to close the achievement gap; creating local models of innovation; and raising standards for teacher preparation programs.

Please attend a town hall meeting and share your personal stories, what you know will work to help our students succeed.

DETAILS ANNOUNCED TO DATE ON GOVERNOR’S STATEWIDE MEETINGS
The following dates have been scheduled:

March 1 – Hartford
7:00PM to 8:00PM
The Village South Community Room, Center for Community Life
331 Wethersfield Avenue

March 6 – West Hartford
Time & location TBD

March 13 – New Haven
Time & location TBD

March 14 – Windham
Time & location TBD

New London
Date, time & location TBD

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