Connecticut Teachers Release Plan For Education Reform

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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  • Dr. Armand A. Fusco (retired school superintendent)

    The one reform that is needed above all else is to address the socio-economic crisis caused by failing schools that will get worse, not better, simply because of demographic data. A serious and effective effort has to be made to not only reduce the dropout problem, but improve academic achievement. In my forthcoming book, School Pushouts: A Plague of Hopelessness Perpetrated by Zombie Schools, the reality of the Connecticut Enigma (one of the chapters) exposes the failure of the public school system to meet the needs of these vulnerable and disposable children in the inner citiies. In spite of reforms and more dollars, the largest achievement gap has not even moved from the starting line.
    Consider just two facts. Eighty percent of the prison population in Conn are school dropouts. Of those who do graduate with a diploma and go on to two year colleges, only 12% graduate–diplomas to nowhere. These facts alone should light up the educational radar screen, but in spite of titanic rhetoric, studies and studies, reforms after reforms, promises after promises, etc. nothing changes nor has it for the past 50 years.
    The solution is so simple and does not require more dollars–teach literacy in all classes as an immediate effort (it has been done ivery successfully in Brockton High School in Mass), and then develop an intensive literacy program for those students who do not reach proficiency levels by third grade (as three states have done).
    In my book, I propose 36 recommendations and I predict that none will see the light of day because of the obstacle that no one wants to admit exists–too many adults profit financially, personally or professionally by keeping the problem from being solved.
    What has happened is that the Cotton Plantations (slaves held in bondage), have been replaced by School Plantations (children held in bondage of failing schools with no way out except to get pushed out) and then the dropouts can look forward to the Prison Plantations. This is what I call the Conn Enigma. Of course, the rhetoric, studies, reforms will continue as it is happening right now and the results will be the same–the brutality of false hopes that lead to the Prison Plantations.

  • keef

    CT Teachers received gold plated, lifetime medical/dental and pensions when they were making $12k per year. NOW CT teachers make an average of $65-70k (second highest IN NATION!) ALONG WITH FREE PENSIONS, MEDICAL/DENTAL BY TAXPAYERS!!!
    That is 1000% unfair to the Majority of non union workers in CT.
    They need to pay 50% of medical just like everyone else + FUND THEIR OWN RETIREMENTS VIA 401K plans!!!

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