By Michelle Puffer

Published in Waterbury Republican-American, February 14, 2012

HARTFORD — Six of the most important groups involved in shaping Connecticut education policy will come together Tuesday to announce joint priorities for reform.

The meeting at the state Capitol comes as Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has put an ambitious array of education proposals before lawmakers. Paired with $128 million in new spending, Malloy is advocating more direct state involvement troubled schools, and politically difficult teacher tenure reforms.

The groups meeting today, representing business, superintendents, school boards, administrators and reform advocates, have sometimes found themselves at odds, especially over school funding priorities and charter schools. But this year a united front on the issues that do matter is critical, leaders say.

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