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Hundreds of students from charter schools across the state journeyed to the state Capitol to publicly thank Gov. Dannel P. Malloy for proposing boosting the amount of money the state will send their way.

“You stood up for us… and we will stand here with you,” said Dacia Toll, the leader of Achievement First, the state’s largest network of charter schools.

Students from Bridgeport, Hartford and New Haven wearing blue T-shirts with “Charter schools are public schools” written on them cheered loudly as Malloy approached the lectern.

“This is an investment worthy of being made,” he said. “This is our day. This is our opportunity.”

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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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