Thousands rally for change in Connecticut’s school system

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NEW HAVEN  -- Thousands of parents, educators and elected officials rallied on the New Haven Green on Wednesday, calling for change in Connecticut's school system.

This comes on the heels of a report that came in last month from the Connecticut Coalition for Achievement. The report found that 40,000 Connecticut school children are trapped in failing schools. These tens of thousands of students are not learning to read, write or do math at grade level.

On top of that, 90 percent of those children are from low-income families and children of color who lack access to quality school options, like districts that perform better and/or charter and magnet schools.

That's why 4,000 parents, educators and community leaders are calling for urgent action for what they refer to as a school crisis.

They say change can happen and that this is the year to do something about it.

Mayor Toni Harp and state Rep. Dour McCrory will be in attendance.

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3 comments

  • Jay

    “Trapped” in failing schools? Give me a break! When family dynamics change with parental role modeling you’ll solve many of the present problems. Major problem is these adults can’t afford to have kids, never mind take care of them. This rally is just a p.r. show! Parents do your job and where are the dads???

  • Wayne Jebian

    Did you know that drug companies used to sell “A Cure for Crying Babies” that was liquid opium, and parents were their biggest customers? The companies would get away with it because the they were “private” and did not have to disclose their internal workings, or their ingredients. Did you know these companies used to spend a great deal of money on advertising and advertorial content in newspapers and other news sources?

    Yet did you know that legislation did indeed pass to force the companies to print on the labels what was inside the bottles? And you know who got it done? Writers and journalists. In spite of so many publications and outlets being jammed up by corporate money, the individual reporters and columnists shared their research with one another. Reporters who cared but could not publish would share information with those who could.

    Please share.