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Poll: Education Funding

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has proposed an education reform plan for Connecticut. Do you agree that the bulk of the funding for this plan should go to the schools that are under-performing?

Connecticut schools have the largest achievement gap in the United States. The "gap" is defined as the difference in educational performance between Connecticut’s low-income and non-low-income students.

In his State of the State address yesterday, Governor Malloy proposed a plan to reform education from pre-school through college and professional job training programs. The plan includes allocating an additional $40 million to newly established "Alliance Districts" that will be made up of 30 of the state’s lowest-performing school districts.

To receive funding, each alliance district must successfully implement a reform plan subject to approval by the State Department of Education.

In the proposed plan, no town in the state will receive less funding from 2011-2012 levels but the bulk of the money will go to the Alliance District schools.

Patch wants to know what you think of Governor Malloy’s "Alliance District" plan. Vote in today's poll and share your opinion in the comments section.

This poll is shared across 10 Patch sites in South Central CT.

Dr. Alfred C. Whitehead February 10, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Patrick... this will only happen when they take politics out of education.
Dr. Alfred C. Whitehead February 10, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Ronald.... when the State of CT allowed gambling... proceeds from gambling did go directly and exclusively into the education budget. That policy does not exist any longer.
Dr. Alfred C. Whitehead February 10, 2012 at 05:28 PM
The cost to educate a child has increased dramatically because of the top heavy administrative costs. How many administrators, "non teaching" staff members and "specialists" are there in any given school compared to the number of teachers who teach a full day schedule?
Betsy W. February 10, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Throwing money at education is the easy way to fix a problem... it just doesn't work. You can have the best teachers and equipment, but if the parents aren't on board to help, the child will not have the support they need. Problems with the inner city schools are not just having the supplies or teachers, the kids themselves have to want to learn. And to compound the problem, parents and their kids are very transient and move from school to school. This constant interruption is very detrimental to a child’s learning. Understanding that inner city and suburban schools have different problems is the first step.
Skip Thomas February 11, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Keep throwing money at all the problems and CT will be Detroit in no time.

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