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Connecticut Teachers Release Plan For Education Reform

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HARTFORD, CT (WCBS 880 / AP) - Teachers who are members of the Connecticut Education Association are putting forth their ideas on helping students achieve.

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They’re also suggesting changes in which they themselves are assessed.

“We are calling for a new evaluation system and replacing the current tenure system with a system that’s fair, that has a more reasonable timeline,” said CEA executive director Mary Loftus Levine on Tuesday.

Levine says the plan outlines a streamlined dismissal process for those teachers who fail to make the grade.

The union’s announcement comes about a month before the state General Assembly convenes. Education reform is expected to be a top issue.

In a letter to state lawmakers last month, Gov. Dan Malloy said his priorities include allowing more state intervention in troubled school districts, more autonomy for high-achieving schools and changes in teacher evaluation methods to reward skills rather than seniority.

Malloy said he also wants more early childhood education services.

Do you have ideas for education reform in Connecticut? Share them in the comments section below!

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