State Representative Terrie Wood (R- Darien,Norwalk) joined her colleagues in the House of Representatives late last night voted in favor for the Governor’s proposed education reform bill.
S.B. 458 took a small step toward improving low-performing schools through increased funding, educator evaluations, and a new focus on both reading and early childhood programs.
Rep. Wood, who serves as the Ranking member on the Children’s Committee, voted in favor for the legislation but said she wished the reforms went further.
“The early education initiatives and literacy goals in the Governor’s Education Reform Bill is a great way begin addressing our state’s growing achievement gap – but it’s only a start,” said Wood. “We need make sure we thoroughly evaluate these programs so we can continue to build upon these initiatives and provide our children with the best education possible.”
Rep. Wood also appreciates the increased support for the Charter Schools in the state.
“They are effectively changing the school dynamic in the cities and the students are the beneficiaries,” said Wood. “This serves everyone in the state.”
Among the goals of the legislation passed Tuesday:
- Enhance families’ access to high-quality early childhood education opportunities, which include opening access to new preschool slots in low-income communities.
- Authorize State interventions and enable the supports necessary to turn aroundConnecticut’s lowest performing schools and districts via a newly created Commissioners Network.
- Expand the availability of high-quality school models by increasing funding to traditional schools, magnets, and charters.
- Ensure that schools employ the best teachers and principals by establishing a fair and equitable evaluation system that values and authentically measures teaching skill and effectiveness.
- Establish accountability programs to ensure that state funds are being best utilized and providing necessary and targeted improvements.
The legislation now awaits a signature from Gov. Dannel Malloy before becoming law.