Governor Malloy to Receive 2013 State of the Schools Award for his Staunch Commitment to Educational Excellence for All Students

Spotlight on Excellence     Issue 25     April 2013

Governor Malloy to Receive 2013 State of the Schools Award for his Staunch Commitment to Educational Excellence for All Students

Governor Dannel P. Malloy, who has made revitalizing Connecticut’s education system a hallmark of his administration, has been selected to receive the annual State of the Schools Award for his significant efforts on behalf of Hartford Public Schools students.

The award will be presented on Wednesday morning, April 24, at the district’s 2013 State of the Schools ceremony in the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, where Superintendent Christina M. Kishimoto will also deliver her annual address on the status of Hartford Public Schools.

“Our district’s success in the coming years is being shaped in great part by Gov. Malloy’s bold leadership on school reform and his commitment to deliver a quality education to every child in Connecticut,” Superintendent Kishimoto said. “The State of the Schools Award is a token of our appreciation.”

Previous winners of the award include: Dr. Paul T. Hill, founder of the Center for Reinventing Public Education at the University of Washington in Seattle, whose portfolio approach to learning contributed to Hartford’s achievement gains; Marlene Ibsen, President and CEO of the Travelers Foundation and Milly Arciniegas, former president of the Hartford Parent Organization Council.

Born in Stamford, Connecticut, on July 21, 1955, Gov. Malloy graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston College and continued on to Boston College Law School. He served four years as an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn, New York, before returning to Stamford, where he served on the Boards of Finance and Education. In 1995, he ran for Mayor of Stamford and won in a landslide victory.

Gov. Malloy was Stamford's longest serving Mayor, serving from 1995 to 2009, 14 years during which he implemented the first city-wide pre-kindergarten program.

In every year since his election as Connecticut’s 88th governor in 2010, he has made improved student achievement a top priority of his administration with increased funding and policy improvements.
In 2012, Gov. Malloy outlined a comprehensive plan for reforming the Connecticut Education system based on the five principles of enhancing access to high-quality early childhood programs; turning around Connecticut’s lowest performing schools and districts; expanding successful school models, such as magnets and charters; removing red tape and other barriers to success and delivering more resources to districts in the greatest need providing they embrace key reforms.

To those ends, Gov. Malloy proposed and won legislative approval for $100 million in new Education funding, $50 million of which went to increase the Education Cost Sharing fund and $39 million that was channeled to the 30 lowest performing districts. He also created a Commissioner’s Network with intensive supports and interventions to turn around the Connecticut’s lowest performing schools; increased per-pupil funding for charter schools; supported the expansion of district-charter partnerships and added 1,000 new early childhood slots

This year, Gov. Malloy’s proposed budget includes an additional $152 million increase in Education Cost Sharing funds and he has won support for the establishment of an Office of Early Childhood that will link all programs to school readiness.

The State of the Schools Award will be followed by Superintendent Kishimoto’s State of the Schools address and two important panel discussions in which recognized leaders in education, business and philanthropy will discuss the role of external partners in a portfolio school system and how the new Common Core State Standards will prepare Hartford students for college. A full schedule of events for State of the Schools will be released in the near future.

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