Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has been touring the state to discuss his six-point education reform proposal, and most of the reaction has centered on his proposed changes to the long-standing teacher tenure system in Connecticut.
Under Malloy's plan, teacher tenure would be tied to evaluations and student performance, and would have to be re-earned on a regular basis.
"This is the evaluation system that the teachers' unions negotiated through a two-year process," Malloy said earlier this month at a forum in West Hartford. Connecticut, according to the governor, will rely on standardized tests as a measure to a much lesser degree than many other states do. "Should we just maintain the status quo?" he asked.
Teachers have reacted strongly to the plan, saying their job security shouldn't be tied to student test performance, which can be affected by poverty or other factors outside their control.
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