By Rick Green

Published by The Hartford Courant, February 14, 2012

When a coalition of education and business advocacy groups stood up Tuesday to endorse Gov. Dannel Malloy’s education reform proposals, the real question was how far they would go to push for change they say is needed.

Compromise makes the world go round at the capitol, but finding  common ground may not lead to eliminating the country’s worst-in-the-nation achievement gap.

Tuesday’s press conference was notable in that it brought business and school reform groups together. No teacher union groups attended
the announcement.

“Real change us going to upset people,” noted the Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now’s Patrick Riccards. The real issues crippling public education — poverty, school  district boundaries, parenting  — will never be addressed this session. The new push for reform will reveal whether even modest changes can be made.

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