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Connecticut Fails To Meet Public School Goals In 2020

Eric E. Castro

Connecticut fell short of some key goals for public pre-K standards in the year leading into the pandemic, according to a yearly national report.

The state met half the quality benchmarks set by the National Institute for Early Education Research — including small class sizes and teachers with specialized training.

The institute looked at numbers from the 2019-2020 school year — which covers the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The institute said the pandemic made the state’s existing problem worse.

Connecticut spent less per child in 2020 than any year since 2002 — despite being in the top 10 for per-student spending nationally. Connecticut is also in the top 10 for access to pre-K for 3-year-olds.

Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.