State legislators set meeting for proposed education reform
Published 4:34 pm, Thursday, February 23, 2012
Several state legislators will gather Wednesday, Feb. 29 at Town Hall for a forum to discuss Gov. Dannel Malloy's proposed education reform legislation.
Malloy's legislation earlier has several major objectives, according to a Feb. 21 statement from his office:
Improving the access and quality of early-childhood education
Allocating new funding and implementing new approaches that will improve low-performing schools
Expanding slots for public schools of choice, including charter schools
Removing red tape and other barriers that impede local school districts
"Repositioning" the state's vocational-technical schools to promote job readiness and job linkages
Improving teacher preparation "so professionals have the skills they need to excel when they enter the classroom"
The forum will include state Sen. Toni Boucher, R-26, who represents Westport in the state Senate; state Sen. John McKinney, R-28, who is the minority leader in the state Senate; state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, D-136, who represents Westport in the state House of Representatives; and state Rep. John Shaban, whose assembly district includes Weston.
The forum is scheduled is to start on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall auditorium at 110 Myrtle Ave.