By Eileen Fitzgerald

The Connecticut Council for Education Reform today released its policy priorities for the 2014 legislative session.
Jeffrey Villar, CCER’s executive director, said the organization’s primary priority is to protect the education reforms passed through legislation in 2012 and 2013.

“The key to a more prosperous future for our state is providing every single child with a world-class education,” Villar said. “That’s why we need to sustain the reform efforts that began in 2012, and we need to support their successful implementation. That means no de-funding. No delays.”

CCER’s four other priorities for this coming legislative session are to:
• Provide the preschool experience to all Connecticut children from low-income families so that they get the starts they deserve–regardless of their family’s income;
• Remove unnecessary barriers that discourage talented district leaders from working in Connecticut;
• Ensure that education dollars are invested where they will be most effective, like funding extended learning opportunities; and
• Jumpstart the development of a quality statewide longitudinal data system in Connecticut that allows us to track the achievement of every student from pre-K through college.

The Connecticut Council for Education Reform is a statewide, not-for-profit organization that works to close the achievement gap and raise academic outcomes for all students in Connecticut.

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