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Commissioner Stefan Pryor to Step Down

It’s a sad day for Connecticut Public Schools.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced today that Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor will not serve beyond Malloy’s first term as Governor.

“Having served for nearly three fulfilling years as Commissioner, I have decided to conclude my tenure by the end of this Administration’s current term and to pursue new professional opportunities,” Pryor said in a statement released by Fox Connecticut.

This is bad news for those who know the impact Pryor had on the state’s educational system.

In the past three years, Connecticut has made significant progress toward making sure every child in Connecticut receives a quality education.

To name just a few achievements: Graduation rates in Connecticut have steadily gone up; there has been an increase in funding for low-performing schools through programs like the Commissioner’s Networks; there’s been a much needed expansion of the number of public school options; and, for the first time ever, a narrowing of the state’s staggeringly large achieve gap.

Yes, he was controversial to some, but in the words of Gov. Malloy, “We needed someone who could act as a change agent, and Stefan fulfilled that role admirably.”

 

 

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