Bulkeley High School Student Joins U.S. Secretary of Education at Connecticut Equity Lab

Bulkeley High School Student Joins U.S. Secretary of Education at Connecticut Equity Lab

On December 19th, 2016, U.S. Education Secretary John King, (pictured above with Bulkeley High School student, Klay Clarke, right) joined by U.S. Reps. Elizabeth Esty and Andy Fleishmann gave closing remarks for the Connecticut State Educator Equity Lab at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain. Other participants and speakers included Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy, Connecticut State Education Commissioner Dianna Roberge-Wentzell, Acting Hartford Superintendent Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, and educators from several small cities in Connecticut, including New Britain, Bridgeport, Meriden, and New London.

The U.S. Secretary of Education was introduced by Bulkeley High School teacher, Justin Taylor who was part of the Hartford contingent participating in the Equity Lab.  Mr Taylor, acknowledging the imminent turn-over of leadership at the Federal government, suggested Secretary King come to Hartford and work at Bulkeley.  The Hartford group was the only one that included student voice:  Bulkeley High School student, Klay Clarke.  Mr. Clarke reflected, “I learned so much about equity today, and the many factors that affect it.”

Klay Clarke (rt) shares Hartford’s findings, while his teacher, Justin Taylor listens.
Klay Clark with Governor Dannel Malloy.

Secretary King, after sharing his fascinating personal history, including his father’s struggles with dementia, discussed the importance of implementing state equity plans to ensure that low-income and minority children are not served at disproportionate rates by ineffective, out-of-field or inexperienced teachers.

The Connecticut State Department of Education issued the following release about the Equity Lab including links for more information about the plans and results of the work. Click here.

Student Klay Clark with Acting Superintendent Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez
Messrs. Taylor and Clarke flank CT State Commissioner of Education Diana Roberge-Wentzell.
Secretary John King (left) joined by Representatives Andy Fleischmann and Elizabeth Estey, who both spoke.