FROM WORST TO FIRST
Closing the Achievement Gap in Connecticut Schools
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.