An education administrator from Vermont has been named as the first executive director of a Connecticut nonprofit group created by state business leaders to push school reform ideas.
The Connecticut Council for Education Reform says Rae Ann Knopf will be a strong leader who understands the need to overhaul the state's schools and can work well with various groups.
Knopf is Vermont's deputy commissioner of education transformation and innovation, a job in which she led a restructuring of the department and redesigned its accountability standards.
The Connecticut Council for Education Reform was created last summer by business leaders and others to push for reforms recommended by the former Connecticut Commission on Educational Achievement.
School reform efforts are expected to be a major component of Connecticut's upcoming legislative session.