CCER Executive Director to Present to MetroHartford Alliance

New Haven, Connecticut – Jeffrey Villar, executive director of the Connecticut Council for Education Reform (CCER), will be meeting with MetroHartford Alliance today.

“The MetroHartford Alliance is the Region’s leading business and economic development organization,” said Villar. “These are critically important stakeholders in the education reform movement because, in many ways, they are the clients of the public education system. It is the job of public education to produce graduates who are college- and career-ready. But I’m sure that the members of the MetroHartford Alliance will agree with me that the existing education system has not been succeeding in that goal. That’s why we need to talk honestly about the ways in which the infrastructure of public education needs to be reshaped.

“Today, I hope to review CCER’s legislative priorities for 2014, and also to talk about why Common Core is such a pivotal piece of the puzzle. I hope to find supporters of this initiative at the MetroHartford Alliance.”


About the Connecticut Council for Education Reform

The Connecticut Council for Education Reform (CCER) is a statewide, non-partisan, 501(c)(3) organization that works to close the achievement gap while raising academic outcomes for all students in Connecticut. The achievement gap is the disparity in academic achievement between minority and children and their peers. We support reforms that advance best practices and innovations in education to ensure that every child has an exceptional education. We do our work primarily by: (1) advocating for state policies and state and local practices that research shows have the best chance of raising achievement for high-need student populations; (2) working directly with districts to build strong systems that will support reform efforts; and (3) raising public awareness about the need to affect long-term, sweeping change in the public education system. Our Board of Directors is comprised of prominent business and civic leaders who are deeply committed to our mission.


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