Connecticut residents have heard it before: Education reform is the civil rights issue facing this country.

Earlier this year, this was the message Gov. Dannel P. Malloy routinely told audiences as he pushed major education reforms through the state’s General Assembly.

On Wednesday, Condoleezza Rice, the former U.S. Secretary of State, shared the same message with a national audience at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

“This is the civil rights struggle of our day,” she said of minority and poor students trapped in failing schools.

So what exactly is the Republican platform on education? The Huffington Post has a lengthy article on what exactly the party envisions for a national education policy — it includes a drastic expansion of school choice, English as the national language and abstinence-only sex 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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