In Connecticut Schools Deal Sets Overhaul

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

In a sweeping education deal with lawmakers and teacher unions here, Gov. Dannel Malloy gave ground on some of his farthest-reaching proposals but contended the compromise was still a historic overhaul of public-school policy in a state that has proved resistant to change.

Mr. Malloy, a Democrat, has dedicated the second year of his term to revamping the public education system, calling for the Democratic-controlled Legislature to pass measures on charter schools, teacher evaluations and other policies. And while so-called education reform advocates would have liked the scaled-back legislation to achieve more, they say the bill marks a landmark first step.

"I believe education reform is the civil-rights issue of our time, and once I sign this bill, the table will be set for real and fundamental reform of our public schools," Mr. Malloy said in a statement.

The state Senate and House of Representatives passed the compromise bill Tuesday, spending another $100 million in state funding on schools. Mr. Malloy has said he would sign the package before the legislative session ends at midnight on Wednesday.

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