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Introducing ConnCAN’s 2024 Policy Priorities

This week marks the beginning of Connecticut’s 2024 Legislative Session. As a state, we’re at a key juncture: Do we make bold, equitable decisions that support our rapidly diversifying student population, or do we stay our current course where too many students are denied opportunity? ConnCAN’s goal will always connect kids to their potential through thoughtful advocacy, building community bridges and a persistent can-do belief.

This year, we have five policy goals that focus on educator certification, preserving education funding reform commitments made during the 2023 Legislative Session, supporting Multilingual Learners, choice in schooling experience, and sharing school performance with families. Together, these priorities address key systemic issues facing Connecticut kids, families, and educators.

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ConnCAN, Committed To Connecticut’s Future

Nearly five years ago, I began working at ConnCAN alongside Subira Gordon, M.P.P. From that moment, I knew her leadership, thoughtfulness and drive would bring the organization to the next level. I have learned so much about advocacy, policy and purpose from her, lessons I’ll take with me throughout my career.

As Subira embarks on new opportunities, where she is sure to thrive, I am humbled to carry the work forward as ConnCAN’s Interim Executive Director. As we continue the important work in the Nutmeg State, we’re also opening up the application for ConnCAN’s next Executive Director. We invite you to view the application and forward it to any potential candidates.

ConnCAN’s mission has never felt so urgent. Connecticut’s students deserve access to great schools so they can achieve their limitless potential. We are committed to better funding systems for all public schools, a more diverse educator workforce, greater opportunity for underserved populations–including  multilingual learners and students of color–and constantly improving school experiences and outcomes.