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Panel calls for school reforms to end Connecticut's 'achievement gap'

from The News-Times

Create a secretary of education that reports directly to the governor. Pull early childhood education away from the state Department of Education and give it a commissioner of its own. Create a longer school day. Those are a sampling of 65 recommendations from the Connecticut Commission on Educational Achievement, a group set up by Gov. M. Jodi Rell in March to narrow what is considered the nation's largest "achievement gap" between students from low-income families and others. "If these recommendations are implemented ... we will significantly close the achievement gap," said Commission Chairman Steven J. Simmons, chairman and CEO of Simmons/Patriot Media in Greenwich. more

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