Are Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s plans for education reform legal? When the head of the state’s largest teachers union informed the members of the Education Committee today that the General Assembly’s nonpartisan research office is questioning the legality, the co-chairs of the committee were surprised by the news.

They have yet to see this report, as does Malloy’s legislative liaison for education.

“Thankfully, the OLR analysis also points out several potential legal challenges this bill creates,” Mary Loftus Levine of the Connecticut Education Association testified.

When Sen. Andrea Stillman, the co-chairwoman of the Education Committee, asked where she got this report that has not even been released to her, Levine said she found it was on her desk.

Officials at the Office of Legislative Research said they plan on releasing the report by 11 a.m. tomorrow.

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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