The state’s largest teachers unions may be encouraging their members to no longer attend the governor’s town hall meetings, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be able to get a live recount of what’s happending.

The Connecticut Education Association for the first time began live tweeting during Wednesday’s forum in Berlin.

And it seems the Malloy administration couldn’t just let the tweets of their biggest adversary stand alone.

Tweet-by-CEA-tweet, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy began to respond in cyberworld to the conversations that resulted.

“The very least you can do is not distort things the Governor says” Malloy responded to a remark from a newspaper columnist that followed one of the CEA’s tweets.

Chances are Malloy was not tweeting from the lectern, rather it was one of his nearby staff using Malloy’s official Twitter account.

Meanwhile, Andrew Doba, the governor’s spokeman, was refuting on his own page the CEA’s take on what the state’s teacher of the year just told Malloy.

“That’s not what he said,” Doba quipped to the CEA tweet.

This wasn’t the only splash in the Twitter world the Malloy administration attempted to make Wednesday. Earlier in the day they announced their very own hash tag for online conversations about his proposed reforms with a political slant #WeCantwaitCT. Meanwhile, some are still trying to figure out what exactly a hash tag is.

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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