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Education Scandals Could Impede Reform Efforts

The leader of Connecticut’s largest teachers’ union sees the recent education scandals in Hartford and New London as evidence that nontraditional school-reform efforts are unraveling and could collapse under their own weight. He took issue with both charter school reform efforts and the state’s approach of sending in special masters to troubled districts such as New London and “offering their solution” with a “certain degree of abrogating the rights and responsibilities of local boards of educations.”

Even reform advocates who disagree, or see that as an overstatement, say they expect the scandals to slow the expansion of charter schools in the state and to produce a higher level of scrutiny for all efforts related to education reform, including the vetting of employees. Legislators say they expect to see proposals in the next session to strengthen oversight of charter schools.