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CCER Thanks Commissioner Pryor and Reflects on His Service

New Haven, Connecticut – Today, August 18, 2014, Connecticut Commissioner of Education, Stefan Pryor, has announced that he will step down as Commissioner in December 2014. In response, the Connecticut Council for Education Reform (CCER) released the following statement:

During the past three years under Pryor’s leadership, Connecticut has experienced the passage and implementation of sweeping education reform policies. The state has seen changes in how teachers are evaluated, the implementation of the Common Core, and the establishment of a framework for intervention that includes both the Alliance Districts and Commissioner’s Network. Throughout, Commissioner Pryor has supported innovations such as the expansion of charter schools and early childhood programming.

Reflecting on Pryor’s service, CCER Board Chair Steve Simmons said, “Stefan Pryor has been an outstanding Commissioner of Education and a real force for change. He has shepherded improvements in K-12 education that will have a meaningful and long-lasting, positive impact on our public schools. On behalf of CCER, I want to wish him well in his future endeavors and thank him for all he has done for the children in our state.”

CCER Executive Director Jeffrey Villar added, “When Stefan Pryor made decisions, he always put children first. CCER thanks him for his service to the children of Connecticut and wishes him well in his future endeavors.”


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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