From Worst to First: Closing the Achievement Gap in Connecticut Schools

Release Date: 03/07/2011

The country continues to debate the best course for education reform, but everyone can agree on one thing: every child, regardless of race, gender or socio-economic background, deserves a quality education and the chance to succeed. Connecticut remains on the front lines of this issue with the state’s achievement gap between low- and higher-income students wider than in any other state in the country.  

In March 2010, Governor Rell established a non-partisan, voluntary commission composed primarily of business and philanthropic leaders to investigate and identify the causes for the state’s achievement gap and develop recommendations for closing it. In October 2010, this commission, the Connecticut Commission on Educational Achievement (CCEA), released a blueprint for a 10-year plan to improve the state’s public school system.
 
On Tuesday, March 22 at 8 p.m., Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) reviews the report’s findings and recommendations in a new one-hour Town Hall Meeting called From Worst to First: Closing the Achievement Gap in Connecticut Schools. Moderated by WNPR’s John Dankosky, the program features a panel of business, education and community leaders – both supporters and opponents of the plan – as well as an audience of involved citizens to take part in the dialogue. The discussion centers around six broad categories: accountability, high expectations, leadership, excellent teaching, school finance and school turnaround.
 
From Worst to First: Closing the Achievement Gap in Connecticut Schools is a CPTV Connecticut Our Communities Initiative funded by the Connecticut Commission on Educational Achievement, with additional support from the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund. 
  
Co-Producers: John O’Neill & Rosemary Keogh O’Neill
Executive Producer: Jennifer Boyd
 
About Connecticut Public Television
CPTV is a media service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN). It is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including UConn Women’s Basketball, original documentaries and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 50,000 to 70,000 households daily. The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves over 200,000 listeners weekly in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show and Where We Live hosted by John Dankosky. Overall, the network brings a broad spectrum of public affairs, entertainment, sports and educational programming to viewers, listeners and readers. For more information, visit www.cptv.org. 
 

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