By Caitlin Emma

A group of business and philanthropic leaders presented their education reform proposals to the state Board of Education Wednesday, pitching changes to teacher certification requirements, preparation programs and evaluations to help close Connecticut’s dramatic achievement gap…

‘We think next year could be the lynchpin,’ said Steve Simmons, vice chair of the council and CEO of Simmons/Patriot Media and Communications. ‘The governor has said that this first year was focused on the budget crisis and the second year was going to be education reform. I think we have a great chance here over this next nine or ten month period to really push for change.’

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