Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is proposing to spend $56.4 million in two initiatives that will boost the number of alternative schools and separately transform 25 of the lowest achieving schools in the next two years.
They represent a major part of his educational reform agenda that he will present in more detail when he addresses the opening of the legislative session Wednesday and delivers the state of the state.
The 25 targeted schools, which will be helped with $24.8 million in funding, will be part of the Commissioner’s Network to be administered by the newly-created Turnaround Team at the state Board of Education.
It will hire outside operators or contract with local districts to end the achievement gap — the largest in the nation — between minority and low-income students and their white counterparts — with some programs beginning as early as this fall.