Gov. Dannel P. Malloy wrote Thursday that he is looking for “bold” changes to the way the state’s schools are funded, and members of the panel he has tasked with that responsibility have begun to compile a laundry list of changes some of them would like to see.

The proposals range from no longer counting prison or college students in population counts when dispersing state money, funding traditional public and charter schools equally, incentivizing districts with grants to make reforms and better track where districts are spending their money.

Within the next six weeks, the panel will decide which of these recommendations to formally make to Malloy, which he plans to consider pushing for during the upcoming legislative session.

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Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

Jacqueline was CT Mirror’s Education and Housing Reporter, and an original member of the CT Mirror staff, joining shortly before our January 2010 launch. Her awards include the best-of-show Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists in 2019 for reporting on inadequate inmate health care, first-place for investigative reporting from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in 2020 for reporting on housing segregation, and two first-place awards from the National Education Writers Association in 2012. She was selected for a prestigious, year-long Propublica Local Reporting Network grant in 2019, exploring a range of affordable and low-income housing issues. Before joining CT Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.’s Maryland newspaper chains. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College.

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