Malloy: School Reform Needed for Economic Growth

Governor keys in on teacher tenure during his 'State of the State' speech.

Asking for boldness and big ideas, Gov. Dannel Malloy urged lawmakers and business owners Wednesday to come together and commit to “nothing less than a full-scale economic revival.”

One of the main elements of Malloy’s plan involves reforming schools to allow incentives for the best teachers, to restructure tenure so that it has to be continually earned and to provide more money to troubled schools

“Today tenure is too easy to get and too hard to take away,” Malloy said in his State of the State address. “I propose we do it a different way. I propose we hold every teacher to a standard of excellence.”

Under his proposed $128 million education agenda, most would go to the lowest-performing districts. For the schools to get the money, districts would have to “embrace key reforms,” with tenure changes being one of them.

"I propose we hold every teacher to a standard of excellence," Malloy said. "Under my proposal, tenure will have to be earned and re-earned. Not earned simply by showing up for work – earned by meeting certain objective performance standards, including student performance, school performance, and parent and peer reviews.

“We cannot and will not fix what’s broken in our schools by scapegoating teachers. But nor can we fix it if we do not have the ability to remove teachers who don’t perform well in the classroom in a timely fashion,” he said. “In this new system, tenure will be a privilege, not a right. It will be earned and retained through effective teaching, not by counting years of service.”

Malloy has also proposed that students seeking to enter a teaching program have a minimum GPA of B-plus, instead of the present GPA requirement of a B-minus.

In ten years, Malloy said, he sees Connecticut as a leader in biosciences, precision manufacturing and a “Mecca for digital and sports entertainment.”

He acknowledged detractors in his closing comments, saying that cooperation is necessary.

“Some people will surely say an economic revival is beyond our grasp, that I’m asking too much, that I’m setting an expectation that is too high. They’ll say we should be content to just make progress,” Malloy said. “I say those people are dead wrong.”

Tricia G. February 13, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Malloy, Maria and Jim have a basic flaw in their arguments (and not only here). They look to government for the solutions to most all problems, when it is often the interference of government that created, or exacerbated, the problems! Governments state and federal have been over-fed by career politicians who have added employees, departments, commissions, agencies, laws and more and more burdensome "regulations" and TAXES to pay for their insatiable appetites for control and influence! These un-Constitutional usurpations of power have turned Hartford and Washington into hungry, greedy and bloated bureaucracies that are feckless to do much beyond gorging themselves upon more and more of the dollars earned by the HALF of Americans who still pay income taxes--to support the other half who don't! We common sense folks like John and Michael recognize that proposing to SPEND MORE $$$ that aren't being earned, let alone coming in to the CT Dept of Revenue, on new "programs" is an exercise in futility. Instead, more of the productive people who work hard, create businesses and jobs, or whose jobs have been destroyed, will continue to LEAVE CT.
Merrill Kidd April 19, 2012 at 05:15 AM
How do you have a private meeting and say your for the public? I may be missing something? Like my brain!
Merrill Kidd April 19, 2012 at 05:16 AM
NOT! I know I won't be voting for anyone at this point.
meowkats4 April 19, 2012 at 06:48 PM
It's like what Palosi says: You got to pass the bill in order to find out what in it!!!! Yet, the people think this is okay! They continue to support these idiots each election. The Clueless live among us.
Sami Mehmed Jr April 19, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Ha, Its not the clueless among us, its people benefiting from the elected officials you and I call idiots. Not clueless! Willing to drink the $ and benefits until the well dries out. Why not if your on the gravy side of the equation supported by "D". Don't forget to look at towns with ordinances, rules, regulations, and red tape that are not friendly towards specific businesses. Who said water doesn't run up hill! Maria you postings are right on target and succinct.


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