ConnCAN, a New-Haven based education reform group, has given the panel tasked with fixing how the state’s schools are financed a failing grade on its first round of recommendations.

“These consensus recommendations are a swing and a miss,” said Patrick Riccards, the group’s leader.

The Education Cost Sharing panel released a short list of recommendations Thursday, far short of what Riccards said is needed for bold reform.

ConnCAN advocates for vastly expanding school choice and having state funding follow students to whatever school they attend. That recommendation was not included, instead they opted for a one-sentence recommendation stating that nontraditional public schools deserve “fair and reasonable” funding.

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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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