Thursday, March 21, 2013

A Conversation with Connecticut Department of Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor

For Immediate Release
March 21, 2013
Contact: Meaghan MacDonald


A Conversation with Connecticut Department of Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor

Tuesday, April 9 at Noon

Hartford, CT - On Tuesday, April 9, join the Connecticut Network’s Diane Smith for a special one-on-one conversation with Connecticut Department of Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor. The discussion will explore the state of education in Connecticut touching on the status of educational reforms passed last year, school security in the wake of Sandy Hook, Common Core State Standards, Education Cost Sharing funding, teacher evaluation and support, and a myriad of other topics.  The lunchtime program is FREE and begins at noon.
Governor Dannel Malloy dubbed 2012 the “year of education,” only a few short months after Stefan Pryor took the job as Department of Education Commissioner. Since his appointment, Commissioner Pryor has been leading the charge with an ambitious agenda while facing budget cuts.
Mr. Pryor has served as Commissioner of Education since September 2011. Previously, he co-founded and served as the first Board President of Amistad Academy in New Haven, a high-performing charter school that now serves as the flagship for the Achievement First network of schools. Commissioner Pryor has additional roots in Connecticut, having served as a policy advisor on housing, community development and education to the Mayor of New Haven, and as a student at Yale University, where he completed the Teacher Preparation Program and earned both his undergraduate and law degrees.
Bring your lunch and enjoy the FREE program! Registrations are encouraged but not required. Register at
At the Old State House in May: On May 22, Tom Nenortas from the Hartford Preservation Alliance will discuss the buildings that have been saved and lost in the last decade.  A panel discussion will follow with Frank A. Hagaman, Director of the Hartford Preservation Alliance and Helen Higgins from the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. CT-N’s Diane Smith will moderate.

Connecticut’s Old State House will validate parking tickets from the State Street South Parking Garage (formerly the Constitution Plaza garage) and State House Square Garage. The cost, after validating, is $5. The validation is good all day. 

Throughout 2013, the Old State House will have a variety of lunchtime lectures and other special events and programming. Visit the calendar on for more information.  

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