Hartford, Connecticut (September 19, 2012)—The Connecticut Council for Education Reform (CCER) is pleased to announce the addition of Ned Lamont to their Board of Directors, effective immediately. Lamont has long been dedicated to reforming Connecticut public schools and has an extensive background in education, having taught high school in Bridgeport and at Central Connecticut State University as well as serving as a member on the board of Teach For America. “I look forward to working with CCER and our teachers to make a difference for our kids,” said Lamont, when asked about his new board position.

Steve Simmons, CEO of the Connecticut Council of Education Reform stated, “We are very pleased that Ned will be joining our board. He has longstanding interest and passion for improving our public school system in Connecticut. We welcome his business expertise, political acumen and the wide range of community and civic contacts he has throughout the state.”

Most recently, Ned has helped on legislative reforms in providing strategic advice to promote systemic changes and innovation in education across the state as well as a very visible op-ed supporting effective educational reform to raise academic outcomes and close the achievement gap. “Ned’s extensive knowledge and outpouring of support will greatly benefit educational reform initiatives across the state,” said Rae Ann Knopf, Executive Director of CCER. “We are excited to add him as an integral member of our board of directors.” Lamont is the founder and chairman of Lamont Digital Systems, which provides video and data services to college campuses as well as foreign language, distance learning and cable television programming to over one million college students nationwide.