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Committee Moves to Delay Changes to Teacher Tenure

Education plan will continue to evolve during legislative process, according to The Hartford Courant.

The General Assembly's Education Committee approved with a 28-5 vote Monday night, but with revisions and a delay of any changes to Connecticut's teacher tenure system, according to The Hartford Courant.

Under the amended bill, any would be delayed for at least a year. Malloy's proposal to link the state's new with tenure will also be delayed with the committee requesting that the commissioner of education further study the link and report on the system's overall progress in January 2013. The bill will also decrease the amount of time it takes schools to fire a tenured teacher from 155 to 115 days.

The revised bill also decreases the amount of by $500 and eliminates the requirement for public school districts to provide $1,000 to each charter school student. In addition, the bill will increase the amount of spots available for and decrease the amount of underperforming schools included in the commissioner of education's "turnaround plan" network from 25 to 10 schools. Additional changes to the bill are expected in the upcoming weeks as if moves through the General Assembly.

“The bill the Education Committee appears set to approve represents just one step in the legislative process," Roy Occhiogrosso, Malloy's senior advisor said in a statement released by the governor's office. "Governor Malloy has made it clear that he’s determined to begin fixing what’s broken in our public schools, no matter how long it takes.  In the coming weeks, members of this Administration will continue to work with legislators and other key stakeholders until there is a bill that represents meaningful education reform.”

Heisenberg April 05, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Paul, try reading the legislation first. You might be surprised by what you find. I don't care to engage in a battle of who can skew the other's comments the best to suit their own needs. You asked a somewhat straightforward question, although your summation of the concept of tenure was incorrect. My response was to provide you insight as to what the law actually says and try to help you understand the larger context. I can see you have no interest in seeing the issue in any other way but your own. Wait, what am I saying? My comments carry zero weight because I didn't provide my real name. Sorry I forgot. I guess the only options you have are to either get clarity on the matter by reading the law for yourself or ignore facts and continue with your editorializing about the groups you dislike supposedly being bent on destroying America.
Samantha Theriaque May 09, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Just curious but what does the fact of special ed kids in the class have anything to do with how the teacher teaches the other kids? My daughter has special ed due to a physical handicap and she has OT, PT, speech, and her own aide who are the ones providing her "extra" care. Not the "classroom" teacher. Please explain how this ties up other kids learning?
Samantha Theriaque May 09, 2012 at 01:06 PM
In reply to Bushy Hill. I have had the chance of speaking to many of the teachers and faculty of our school due to my child needing special care at school. Have you ever talked with your child's teacher? It doesn't sound like you are too involved,which I have seen too often.This creates problems. You don't want to do your part, then that will make it much harder for the teachers to do their part. The teachers, thanks to the "no child left behind" act, has an enormous amount of material to include within the days that children are in school. Especially affecting those kindergarten teachers as in Vernon. Kindergarten is either half day or extended day(which only came into effect this year) which is still not enough time to teach "the curriculum" that the state requires. And just to touch base with you on the salary of teachers, they don't get paid enough in my opinion. If the Board of ED really wants to make a difference, they should be making preschool mandatory starting at age 3 (the latest), & kindergarten all day instead of half/extended day.
Samantha Theriaque May 09, 2012 at 01:07 PM
(I ran out of characters in the last message) So to continue: If more people could afford preschool, more children would be better prepared once they hit kindergarten, therefore creating better test scores in 3rd grade for the CMT. So, a great start to education reform is: instead of making preschool available in public school through an outside source(which is extra $ for parents), make it part of the public school system so parents can send their kids to preschool without extra money coming out of their pockets.Regarding homework. As much as I don't agree with giving homework at such a young age, because they are just children & deserve the right to be children, this will better prepare them for middle school which gives you tons of homework. I am not sure which school or teacher you are referring to, but my children have never come home not knowing HOW to do their homework, they just don't always understand it because of the wording that is used on the homework. But not understanding is NORMAL. That is the fun part of learning. Matter of fact, I don't understand it sometimes. When both of my daughters had trouble finishing their homework within the time it was "suppose" to take. I figured out that one of them has trouble concentrating on doing it.
Samantha Theriaque May 09, 2012 at 01:08 PM
(I ran out of characters in the last message,again) So to continue:After she received the help she needed,she now comes home, does her homework(on her own,without having to be told)& finishes it in less time than it's supposed to take her. My other child has a physical handicap that limits how fast she can write. It took her an hour to write something that would normally take 10 minutes. I talked to the teacher about it and the solution: She gives us her homework on Friday's so she can have the extra 2 days of weekend to use to do it. BOTTOM LINE PROBLEM=NOT THE TEACHERS ITS THE CURRICULUM,THE TIME ALOTTED TO TEACH IT, & THE FUNDS NEEDED TO TEACH IT.

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