With the educational achievement gap in Connecticut the largest in the nation and nearly one in five students failing to graduate high school in four years, education reform in the state is front and center as far as public policy is concerned. A new website and blog is being launch as an informational, sometimes alternative voice on the subject. CTEducation180.com, which is being introduced Monday, is the latest production of Scully Communications, also the home of The Hanging Shad political blog.
“The achievement gap in Connecticut is appalling. The drop-out rate is disgraceful,” says Patrick Scully, chief author and editor of CTEducation180.com. “So what have we done about as far as a public policy approach? Bluntly, not much. We saw some reform efforts pass the legislature last session but they fell far short of what is needed,” he said.
“Unfortunately, the naysayers and protectors of the status quo seem to be the only ones being heard. There needs to be an informational voice to even the playing field, to hold the obstructionists accountable and most of all, put the kids first,” Scully added. The “180” in the website title represents both the number of days in the school year and the degree to which we need a turnaround.
Readers and education advocates are invited to contribute to CTEducation180.com as the new session of the General Assembly approaches.