Conn. Groups Join in Single Voice on Education

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The leaders of six Connecticut organizations stood together at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford to offer what some consider an unprecedented declaration of unity over thorny issues in school reform.

Representatives from the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents, Connecticut Association of Schools, Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, Connecticut Business and Industry Association, Connecticut Council for Education Reform and the Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now announced they plan to lead reform with one voice and seek legislation on six key issues.

Their unity was significant to state Rep. Toni Boucher, R-Wilton, ranking member on the General Assembly's Education Committee.

"This is so powerful,'' Boucher said after the hourlong news conference.

"I think it will be very important they speak with one voice," she said. "They have to keep this package together. Each part is interrelated."

The groups want to help shape proposals that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and state education Commissioner Stefan Pryor have put on the table as part of a major overhaul of state education policy.

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