In the wee hours of Tuesday morning, a compromise on education reform cleared the legislature and has the approval of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
As part of that compromise, Malloy's proposal to overhaul the teacher tenure system has been changed into a pilot program that will be implemented next year in eight to 10 school districts before it is rolled out to the rest of the state.
In a win for Malloy, the bill does reform the state's tenure statute by stating that "ineffectiveness — not merely incompetence — is the standard of dismissal."
Did Malloy bend too much to the wishes of the Connecticut Education Association, which fought hard to push back his proposals on teacher tenure reform? Or did the compromise show that the legislative process took teachers' legitimate concerns into account?
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