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CCER Pleased to See Financial Support for Common Core Implementation

New Haven, Connecticut – Governor Malloy today announced that resources will be allocated to implement the recommendations of Connecticut’s Common Core Task Force. In response, Jeffrey Villar, executive director of the Connecticut Council for Education Reform (CCER) made this statement:

“We support the implementation of the Common Core State Standards as an important first step toward ensuring the global competitiveness of Connecticut’s children. And we’re very pleased to see resources being dedicated to helping districts with the difficult work of implementation.

“The funding will be committed to such endeavors as implementing the recommendations of the Task Force, technology upgrades, financing instructional workshops and professional development, and focusing on English language learners and special education students. In addition, there will be an ongoing Common Core advisory committee to ensure that parents and teachers have a voice as statewide implementation moves forward.

“The policies have been written.  What matters now is making sure that districts are equipped to meet the new standards with success. Making substantial changes within school districts is hard work, so we’re glad to see the state providing districts with resources and support.”


About the Connecticut Council for Education Reform

The Connecticut Council for Education Reform (CCER)–a statewide, non-partisan, 501(c)(3) not- for-profit organization–works to close the achievement gap and raise academic outcomes for all students in Connecticut. The achievement gap is the disparity in academic achievement between children from low-income families and children of color, and their peers. We advocate for state policies and local practices that research shows have the best chance of raising achievement for high-need student populations.

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