Zupkus calls for hearing on Common Core, teacher evaluations


Lezlye Zupkus
Lezlye Zupkus

HARTFORD — State Rep. Lezlye Zupkus this week called for an Education Committee hearing on the Common Core curriculum and teacher evaluation standards.

House Republicans Friday wrote to Democrats who lead the committee, contending a full inquiry into the federally-driven program must take place to allow educators, parents and anyone who wants to weigh in to share their opinions and offer suggestions on either subject, according to a release issued by Zupkus’ office.

“I’ve heard from many parents, teachers and school administrators who have heartfelt concerns about how this will affect children,” Zupkus said in the release. “These are stakeholders who simply want, and deserve, to offer their comments and ideas in a setting that features decision-makers.”

House Republicans first called for a hearing in late January.

Education Committee leadership on Feb. 10 called 23 bills for public hearings, and none had to do with Common Core or teacher evaluations, the release stated. Zupkus criticized the panel’s Democrat leaders plan to hold an “informal hearing” where only invited speakers will be allowed to speak.