Senate sends bill to Malloy delaying education reforms

State legislators have sent a bill to the governor’s desk that delays the package of school reforms passed last year in the state’s bid to capture federal Race to the Top money.

The legislature’s budget office estimates the increased graduation requirements alone would cost up to $29 million to hire the additional teachers needed for the additional required courses and to develop the end-of-course exams.

When legislators passed the reforms last year, they were counting on $175 million in federal funding to implement them.

It is unclear whether Malloy will sign the bill, and has deflected questions whether he supports the delay. His budget director has said the state could wait to make this decision until next year since many costs do not begin in the upcoming fiscal year.

The State Board of Education in February reiterated its support for the reforms and asked state legislators not delay the changes.