In February, we launched our 2020 policy goals. For the first time in 15 years, we’re revising our policy goals to account for the rapidly changing needs of students and families. Throughout this crisis, our team has been working closely with students, parents and teachers to understand how best to support them in this difficult time.
These new goals address essential policy questions for the summer and fall including: how to best use COVID-19 federal stimulus funds for CT schools, how to ensure families have accurate information on student progress, how to close digital divides and how to stay focused on students’ needs when they return.
- Ensure that federal and state stimulus funding is distributed equitably based on student enrollment to all types of Connecticut schools– traditional public, magnet, and public charter.
- Create a universal screening to assess student learning at the start of the 2020-2021 academic year, and provide the information to parents so they can decide on the next academic step for their children (promotion or retention).
- Require the State Department of Education to approve district learning plans to ensure students will continue learning if schools are either closed or school environments look differently due to social distancing policies.
- Provide all students access to digital learning devices and internet connectivity to aid digital instruction.
- Create equitable funding for public schools of choice.
- Form a cross-sector Achievement Gap Task Force.