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“Let’s be honest with ourselves, and let’s speak bluntly: many parts of our system of public education are broken.”

That was the stirring wake up call issued by Governor Malloy in his 2012 State of the State Address, and it couldn’t have come at a more pressing time. We live in the state with the largest achievement gap in the country. Even our top achievers are falling behind their peers in other states and other countries. And despite a 20 percent increase in education spending over the last decade, our students’ achievement has flatlined since 2003.

No more – our children simply cannot afford to have our state leaders hit the snooze button for another year. From educator certification and evaluations, to school turnarounds, to teacher tenure reform, Governor Malloy has laid out a bold set of proposals that can launch our state back to the top. Now it’s up to the legislature to bring these proposals, along with other necessary changes, to life in the kind of robust, student-centered legislation our kids have been waiting on for years.

We all need to respond to Governor Malloy’s wake up call and come together to make this change. This is 2012, the Year for Education Reform!

Please take a moment to let Governor Malloy know you appreciate his leadership on these issues and his calls for meaningful education reform in 2012. 

It’s time to Wake Up, Connecticut!

Letter to
Governor Dannel P. Malloy of Connecticut
We’ve been told year after year that we can tackle Connecticut’s worst-in-the-nation achievement gap – as long as we do it next year. We’ve been told we need more time to study the problem. We’ve been told we need more input. We’ve been told we need more money. In your 2012 State of the State address, you made it crystal clear: we know what the problems are and it’s time we fixed them.

Now, thanks to your leadership, THIS is the Year for Education Reform. You’ve issued a wake up call to all of us, and I agree: it’s time to Wake Up, Connecticut!

I am grateful to you for your leadership on education reform, and believe that the changes you have called for will help Connecticut’s schools get back on track - these are critical first steps. From educator certification and evaluations, to school turnarounds, to teacher tenure reform, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to enact the kind of robust, student-centered legislation our kids have been waiting on for years.

I can’t wait to see it finally happen.