Molgano and Republicans force Common Core hearing


District 144 state Rep. Michael Molgano

STAMFORD — District 144 state Rep. Michael Molgano joined with his Republican colleagues in the state General Assembly to force a public hearing on legislation related to the Common Core curriculum and teacher evaluations.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has called for a moratorium on certain elements of teacher evaluations, and Republicans are seeking to delay implementation of Common Core standards.

Here’s the full news release issued by the state House Republicans Wednesday:

HARTFORD – State Representative Michael Molgano (R-144) joined his fellow House Republican lawmakers today and filed a petition to force the Education committee to hold a public hearing on bills related to the Common Core curriculum and teacher evaluations.

Rep. Molgano joined other House Republican legislators in utilizing a seldom used petitioning process, Joint Rule 11, to gather the 51 signatures needed. The petition will permit two bills relating to the Common Core curriculum and teacher evaluations to be raised that were previously denied by the Chairs of the Education committee.

Proposed Bill No. 5078, authored by Rep. Marilyn Giuliano (R-23), would freeze the implementation of the Common Core curriculum for further study until all stakeholders have time to examine its potential effects and reduce classroom evaluations for teachers.

Proposed Bill No. 5331, put forth by the House Republican caucus, calls for the creation of  subcommittee of classroom teachers to discuss and share their issues involving the teacher evaluation program, reduces the number of formal classroom evaluations to one per school year, reduces the amount of goals to be established by each teacher, streamlines data management, and perhaps most importantly, enables the exclusion of student scores on statewide mastery tests, including the Smarter Balanced assessment test, from being factored into a teacher’s evaluation.

“Something of such significance deserves input from the people it affects the most, teachers and educators,” said Rep. Molgano.

The initial informational forum offered by The Chairs of the Education committee would have had designated speakers with the time constraints. This forum is still scheduled to take place on Friday. A time and date for the petitioned public hearings has not yet been set.