According to FBI crime statistics, each year in Connecticut there are more murder victims than fired teachers. There is a murder every three days. A certified teacher is fired every nine.
Malloy wants to change policies that keep teachers in place
The average American is 17 times more likely to get laid off or fired than a Connecticut teacher, according to an analysis of state and federal data.
The average local and state government employee in the U.S. was six times more likely to get fired or laid off than Connecticut teachers, according to the analysis of state Department of Education and federal Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
Connecticut public schools fired 251 certified teachers over a six-year period, according to state Department of Education data, for an average of 42 per year.
School districts fired another 222 teachers for failing to be certified over the same period.
The state does not identify how many of the fired teachers had tenure.
The Connecticut Post recently reported about 40 tenured teachers had been fired over the past two years.
School districts employ more than 42,000 teachers. On average over the past six years, one out of every 1,000 certified teachers was fired each year.
Part 2 of this series will show how many school districts never fired a certified teacher between 2004 and 2010.
“Given the process for terminating a teacher, people sort of throw up their hands and say it’s not worth the time or money,” said David Calchera, director of public policy for the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents.
Meanwhile, Governor Dannel P. Malloy today testified before the General Assembly’s Education Committee in support of legislation he proposed to restore Connecticut’s education system into a national model of excellence for all and help advance an economic revival for the state.
“There has never been a moment when jobs and education have been more connected and dependent on one another,” Governor Malloy stated in his testimony submitted to lawmakers. “For the sake of our state’s economic competitiveness – if we are to continue to make strides and create jobs in this state, as we have over the last 14 months – it is imperative that we transform the public system in which our students learn and prepare for college and a career.”
Legislation proposed by the Governor earlier this month calls for comprehensive reform of the state’s education system, including increasing the access to and quality of early childhood education slots; allocating new funding and implementing new approaches that will improve low performing schools; expanding slots for public schools of choice including charter schools; removing red tape and other barriers that stand in the way of local school districts; repositioning the state’s vo-tech schools to promote job readiness and job linkages; and improving teacher preparation so professionals have the skills they need to excel when they enter the classroom.
“Our public schools once led the nation, and now Connecticut leads in achievement gaps,” Governor Malloy testified. “Education is the civil rights issue of our time. This is our opportunity. The time is now to transform the status quo. We must provide our children with the opportunities they so richly deserve if we are to revive our state’s economy and lead the country once more.”
Governor Malloy’s written testimony to the Education Committee is attached.
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