State Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor on Thursday told state board members that the state will onlyintervene in “a small amount” of schools this upcoming school year.

The education bill that was signed into law earlier this week gives the commissioner the authority to intervene in up to 25 school over the next three years. However, Pryor told the board that it would be unrealistic to launch turnaround plans in too many schools this upcoming school year, as that would not leave enough planning time.

Asked by a board member if the $7.5 million allocated for the upcoming school year to turnaround all 25 schools, Pryor said, “It’s isn’t… We will need to seek new allocation in subsequent years.”

Which schools will be named “network” or “turnaround” schools has not yet been determined.

The state board on Thursday announced they have hired Diane Ullman, who will lead teacher development for the State Department of Education.

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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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