“We all know there are teachers in the classroom who don’t belong there.”

That was the message Gov. Dannel P. Malloy brought to legislators this week to sell his education reform package to them.

A survey released Friday by the New Haven education reform group ConnCAN indicates teachers and other educators agree. Fifty percent of the 400 surveyed responded that they agree there are ineffective teachers in their school who should not be teaching.

Other findings include:

– 41 percent responded that teachers and principals are not evaluated in a meaningful way.

– 43 percent responded that the teaching colleges in the state are not adequately preparing future teachers.

– The biggest challenge in education reported is the lack of funding followed by support from parents at home.

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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