Tom Foley’s back, and the public policy group he formed after losing a close gubernatorial race is focusing on jobs and education.

Foley’s Connecticut Policy Institute — which is described as a nonpartisan think tank — in the last two days has asserted it wants to be a part of the discussion as Gov. Dannel P. Malloy moves forward with his jobs and education agenda.

On Thursday the group put out a policy brief on jobs. The next day it announced it would be hosting a forum on how school choice fits into education reform. Malloy has said the legislative session that begins in three weeks will be dedicated to education reform.

The forum will be in New Haven at Yale University. Speakers include former Hartford Public Schools Superintendent Steven Adamowski, an official from the school choice advocacy group ConnCAN and Nate Snow, the executive director of Teach for America.

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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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