Malloy promises $15 million more for “Common Core”

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– If you are a parent or a teacher you know all about the controversy surrounding the ‘Common Core’ reforms here in Connecticut.   Thursday Governor Malloy announced he will spend millions more to get more teachers and parents on board.

Making these education reforms work is rapidly becoming a major political issue for Malloy in his race for re-election.

The Governor explained that he will borrow another $15 million to do more out reach and help better prepare teachers, schools, and parents for the changes in testing in his education reforms called ‘Common Core.’

It’s no secret that many teachers and parents in the state are not very happy with the changes and he has quickly moved to address changes just recommended by a special task force.

“We will provide additional resources to public schools and we are committed to an on going dialog with parents, teachers, students and administrators,” the Governor said at a news conference announcing what he’s calling the “Connecticut Core Initiative” Thursday.

He got strong support for the move from the leaders of the state’s two largest teacher unions.

“It’s incumbent upon us as educator family to teach our community what we know and to listen to what their concerns are,” said Melody Peters of the American Federation of Teachers.

But Malloy has another reason for paying extra special attention to this; third party candidate Jonathan Pelto appears to be running on this one issue and blogging almost daily on why the ‘Common Core’ education reforms should be abandoned. He’s appealing to school teachers and their families which are as critical voting block for a Democrat in a statewide election.

Malloy dismisses Pelto this way, “some people would rather concentrate on what divides us, I’d rather look at what divides us and then find ways to bring us together.”

The Governor will seek to get approval for this addition spending at Friday’s State Bonding Commission meeting.

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