Conn. Superintendents Make Plan to Change Education in State

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Universal preschool and all-day kindergarten, reforming education funding and restructuring school districts to provide options for students are among sweeping changes Connecticut's superintendents are proposing.

The Education Transformation Project, announced Wednesday in Hartford by the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents, would alter methods of educating to ensure that all students learn, and that poor students gain the skills needed to pull themselves out of poverty.

"This requires the state to look at education through different eyes -- student outcomes, rather than politics,'' said Bethel Superintendent Gary Chesley, one of 16 educators who helped develop the proposal. "This proposal runs the full gamut of issues that we worked on over the course of two years. If we address them with courage as a state, we will have a far better educational system."

The 150 recommendations for school reform include teacher and administration accountability, assessment, academic standards, use of technology, teacher preparation, and student learning styles and needs.

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