Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today outlined six broad principles that he says will guide the debate on education reform next year, including "intensive interventions" by the state in troubled school systems and a lighter bureaucratic touch at successful ones.
In a letter to legislators and stakeholders, Malloy hinted at a willingness to take up the politically charged issue of tenure and pay reform, saying teachers and principals should be valued for "skill and effectiveness" over "seniority and tenure."
Malloy told the Mirror as he returned to the Capitol this afternoon that he is looking to make the tenure system more responsive by recognizing high performers.
"There's got to be a balance," Malloy said. "We know that tenure's appropriate, but it's also got to be balanced by making sure we retain the best teachers. So, it's a balanced approach."
The governor said he will convene a set of workshops Jan. 5 with an eye toward formulating proposals to be taken up by the 2012 legislative session that begins Feb. 8.
The letter marks the start of Malloy's efforts to deliver on the promise of change made when he reached outside the education establishment to name Stefan Pryor as his choice for state education commissioner.