RALLY: Students, parents and clergy urging state legislators not to back down from education reforms

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Media Contacts:

CJ Macklin, Northeast Charter Schools Network (NECSN)
Phone: (518) 390-5592
Email: cjmacklin@necharters.org

Brett Broesder, Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now (ConnCAN)
Phone: (406) 565-0083
Email: Brett.broesder@conncan.org

HARTFORD, CT. – Students, parents and clergy will gather on the north steps of the Capitol building at 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, May 2 urging state legislators not to back down from key measures in last year’s education reform law (Public Act 12-116).

The education reform bill, passed last year by the state legislature with overwhelming support and signed by Governor Dannel P. Malloy, grows high-performing public school options, provides fairer funding for public charter school students, and creates a Commissioner’s Network to turnaround our state’s chronically failing schools.

Families across Connecticut want state legislators and the governor to continue investing in education reforms. A recent Global Strategy Group survey of more than 600 Connecticut voters found that 73 percent – 79 percent of Democrats and 64 percent of Republicans – support continuing the education reforms included in last year’s landmark law.

Now, lawmakers are making decisions on a budget that will fund education reforms for the next two year’s. Gov. Malloy’s budget proposal continues to invest in key education reform measures. But, the Appropriations Committee recently backed down from their commitment to our kids by gutting $47.1 million from education reforms in their proposed budget.

  • WHO:  Governor Dannel P. Malloy, parents and kids from across Connecticut
  • WHAT: Rally urging state legislators not to back down from education reforms
  • WHEN: Thursday, May 2 @ 5:45 p.m.
  • WHERE:  State Capitol (North steps – facing Bushnell Park) Hartford, CT.

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