Dan Malloy on Education


Had learning disability when there were no support programs

Growing up, I had learning disabilities that might have left me on the fringes. Back then, there were not programs to identify and support children with disabilities. But luckily for me, there was the inspiring dedication and skill of the school teachers who touched my life, and there was the sheer willpower of a mother of 8 children.
Source: 2011 Connecticut State of the State Address , Jan 5, 2011

Engage parents in local school governance councils

I refuse to accept the false choice that you're either "pro-reform," or "pro-teacher." I'm both. I'm pro-reform, as long as it doesn't mean just bashing teachers, and I'm pro-teacher as long as that doesn't just mean maintaining the status quo.

In the state's recently-passed legislation designed to compete for Race to the Top money, one of the goals is to do just that: engage parents in a meaningful way. The bill establishes local school governance councils that include parents and help create a sense of community that can make schooling more relevant to kids, and kids more connected to their community. However, these councils are only required for low-achieving schools. We should not stop there.

While governance councils are one tool for improving achievement, they are still a top-down approach to decision-making that limit involvement to only a few engaged parents. My administration will create opportunities for all parents to be involved.

Source: 2010 gubernatorial campaign website, DanMalloy.com, "Policy" , Nov 1, 2010

Make public schools money follow children

I'd like to examine the feasibility of transitioning toward a new, smarter system of funding for all of our public schools where money follows children based on their needs. I'd also look to refocus state school funding by indexing foundation aid to rising costs, adding measures of essential classroom resource equalization, and weighting more for pre-school and elementary grades where the greatest educational gains can be made.
Source: 2010 gubernatorial campaign website, DanMalloy.com, "Policy" , Nov 1, 2010

Charter schools provide options within the public system

I'm a supporter of charter public schools, because they serve a different, very important function: they provide families with options within the public school system. During my time as Mayor, Stamford created two charter public schools. Their mission wa to provide an option for students who have had trouble achieving success in other schools - and the results have been overwhelmingly positive. We should seek to expand charter schools that are fully funded by the districts in which they're located.
Source: 2010 gubernatorial campaign website, DanMalloy.com, "Policy" , Nov 1, 2010

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