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Rally planned after Parents’ Union forum on ‘High Quality Education’

By Claire Bessette, The Day

A statewide education advocacy group will host a public forum and rally at the state Capitol Wednesday to discuss issues ranging from early childhood education to college graduation systems, parental involvement and teacher evaluations.

The Connecticut Parents’ Union has organized the “Day of Action for High Quality Education.” The program will begin with a panel discussion from noon to 2 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 46 Woodland St., Hartford, followed by a rally with parents and education advocates at the state Capitol at 3 p.m.

The Parents’ Union is offering free transportation to the rally, including two buses from southeastern Connecticut. One bus will leave the commuter lot on Route 82 in Norwich near Interstate 395 Exit 80 at 1:45 p.m. The second bus will leave the commuter lot on Route 85 in Waterford near I-395 Exit 77. Riders are asked to gather for the buses no later than 1:30 p.m.

The buses will leave the Capitol at 5:30 p.m. and are expected to return to the commuter lots by 6:30 p.m.

Registration for the buses is required by noon on Tuesday. Contact Ron Ward at (860) 861-9100 or to register.

Special guests at the rally include Michelle Bernard of the Bernard Center for Women, Politics and Public Policy, a co-sponsor of the rally, Kelly Williams Bolar of the Ohio Parents Union, and Michelle Rhee, founder of Students First.

The Connecticut Parents’ Union was created in January 2011 to organize parents and education advocates on issues such as the student achievement gap between high and low income students, public education policy issues and reforms.

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