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ERIC Number: ED535275
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 23
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
The 2011 ConnCAN Annual Report: Until It's Done
Greenberg-Ellis, Rebecca, Ed.; Coleman, Brittany, Ed.
This paper presents Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now's (ConnCAN's) annual report for 2011. For those who believe that Connecticut's public education system is in need of major repair, 2011 was a tough year. Despite the best efforts and bold intentions of ConnCAN and other like-minded individuals and organizations, the status quo ultimately prevailed. Connecticut has maintained its worst-in-the-nation achievement gap for years. And while the state has seen major increases in both education spending and the number of full-time public school employees since 2003, student enrollment and achievement have remained flat. An estimated 9,000 students in Connecticut's Class of 2011 did not graduate--nearly enough to fill UConn's Gampel Pavilion, home of the Huskies basketball teams. Connecticut has a serious problem on its hands, and it did not come close to fixing it in 2011. During its 2011 campaign, "Get Smart Connecticut," ConnCAN produced and distributed valuable original research to Connecticut citizens, shored up legislative allies, and compelled the media to put a spotlight on Connecticut's broken public education system. Its goals were ambitious, and it pushed relentlessly for a breakthrough until the very last day of the legislative session. But in the end, as ConnCAN said to advocates in their final campaign report, "we got bupkis." ConnCAN's only major win on behalf of Connecticut's students in 2011 was stopping a bill that would have severely jeopardized any chance of ever having rigorous teacher evaluations in Connecticut. (Contains 12 sources.) [For "Good Does Not Equal Good Enough: 2010 ConnCAN Annual Report," see ED535276.]
ConnCAN. 85 Willow Street, New Haven, CT 06511. Tel: 203-772-4017; Fax: 203-404-7781; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now (ConnCAN)
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut