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Letter: Boucher Says Education Reform is Important

WILTON, Conn. — The following is a statement from Sen. Toni Boucher, R-Wilton, on education reform after the release of the Connecticut Education Association report.

We now look to a New Year. There is no question that there were deep divides in the legislature on 2011 budget and tax policies that continue to disturb many of us today. 

However, it is with some measure of optimism that I look forward to the 2012 legislative session. It should be the year of agreement and teamwork on one of the themes that drives my public service - education.

I would like to see the General Assembly and the administration set aside their differences for the sake of our children and focus intensely on education reform — free from the constraints of special interests.

Connecticut Education Association’s plan is a good first step in accurately evaluating teachers and making the dismissal process more efficient.

We should all resolve to dedicate ourselves in doing everything possible to seriously address the widest in the nation achievement gap and work relentlessly to have every one of our children reach their full potential. 

We need to send a strong message that we care about our children's intellectual, mental and physical well being. Our youth are our best resource and represent the future of our state. Only through literacy can one truly participate in our system of government and contribute to our economy. 

When we look back on 2012, I would like Connecticut to be proud of a General Assembly and administration that had the courage to make the meaningful changes necessary to raise our educational system back up to No. 1 in the nation.

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