New London is currently the last stop on a tour Gov. Dannel Malloy will make of Connecticut schools in March to promote his education reform bill.
Malloy submitted the 163-page bill to the Connecticut General Assembly on the legislature's opening day. The goal of the proposed legislation is to improve low-performing schools through funding for schools that adopt comprehensive reforms, an expansion of early childhood education, reforms to teacher tenure, and improving teacher preparations.
Malloy's schedule says he will visit the Center for Community Life in Hartford at 7 p.m. on Thursday as his first stop. He will then visit West Hartford on March 6, New Haven on March 13, and Windham on March 14 at times and places to be determined. Malloy will also visit New London at a time, date, and place to be determined.
Malloy says he heard positive feedback from to discuss the state budget and wanted to get feedback and answer questions in a similar manner for his education bill. Malloy said Connecticut has one of the largest achievement gaps in the nation and described this situation as "unacceptable."
“There has never been a time when education and jobs are more closely aligned,” Malloy said in a press release. “I am determined to fix what’s broken in our public schools, so that every district is giving students the tools they need to succeed in the 21st century economy. If I have to go door-to-door to sell this package to Connecticut residents, then so be it.”
have been working to improve student achievement after recent and results showed poor scores for the district. Administrators were cautiously optimistic at a recent board meeting, saying scores on the are showing student improvement.
Malloy will update his schedule at this website.