Conn. House Approves Education Overhaul Bill 149-0

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Connecticut lawmakers have given final legislative approval to a wide-ranging bill that attempts to overhaul the state's public education and attempt to close one of the nation's largest achievement gaps between rich and poor.

The House of Representatives passed the bill Tuesday night on a 149-to--0 vote, erupting in cheers. It now moves to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy desk. The Democratic governor first pushed for legislation, which includes everything from targeted help and resources for failing schools and changes to state teacher tenure rules.

Initially, teachers' unions clashed with Malloy over the bill. But eventually, a compromise between the legislature and the governor was reached late on Monday night.

Rep. Andrew Fleischmann, the co-chairman of the Education Committee, called the bill "a giant leap that is long overdue."

Connecticut's teachers' unions had expressed relief on Tuesday after the Senate passed a compromise education overhaul bill that leaders said is a marked improvement from legislation first proposed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a plan the unions believed was akin to reforms offered by Republican governors in other states.

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