A poll of commissioned by one of the nation’s leading education reform groups reports that half of the Connecticut voters surveyed feel the new education law doesn’t go far enough, while 17 percent feel it’s a huge step forward.

Student’s First leader Michelle Rhee points to this poll as reason that her group will be sticking around Connecticut to lobby for the next several years.

The poll of 500 likely voters was done one week after the legislative session concluded by Normington Petts, a group that has done polling for several democrats, including the Rep. Joe Courtney and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Other finding include:

– 68 percent recall hearing or reading about the reforms. For those that have heard about the law, 55 percent support the reforms.

– 82 percent support allowing teachers to be fired based on their evaluations, which is included in the new law

– 79 percent support allowing teachers to only get tenure if rated effective on their evaluations, which is included in the new law.

– 66 percent support increasing funding for charter schools, which was included in the state budget.

– 83 percent support allowing parents to petition the state to intervene in their school, which was not included in the new law.

– 73 percent support informing parents when their child’s teacher is rated as ineffective and give them the opportunity to change teachers, which was not included in the new law.

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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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