Next Wednesday, Gov. Malloy will give his State of the State address and he’s expected to spend a lot of time talking about education reform. But this week, we got three glimpses of what he might have in mind for the future of Connecticut’s schools.
First up, on Tuesday, Gov. Malloy talked about reducing the “red tape” that burdens local school districts, pointing directly at things like teacher certification and data reporting requirements. It’s a promising start!
Then on Thursday, another release outlined a renewed commitment to what the governor calls “critical to our children’s future, and indeed the future of our whole state” – early education. With $4 million to provide early childhood opportunities for 500 preschool-age children, $3 million to improve training and support for preschool educators, and $5 million to solve one of Connecticut’s “Race to the Top” application weaknesses in providing information to parents on preschool options, there’s cause to be optimistic about a path to establishing a high-quality early education program for our state.
Finally, today, the governor’s office released bullet points on improving job readiness by shoring up the state’s vocational-technical school system. These schools play a pivotal role in providing high-quality options for students and real training that leads to meaningful employment opportunities when they graduate.
It’s a great head of steam for education reform before the weekend. Stay tuned – there will likely be more news about the governor’s education reform agenda coming out before his speech next Wednesday!