State panel recommends big changes for Connecticut schools

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A statewide panel of experts put together by Gov.-elect Ned Lamont is recommending big changes for Connecticut schools.

They include requiring computer science in every classroom, a statewide STEM plan and expanded pre-K.

The panel has some potentially controversial ways to cut costs, including statewide curriculums and a minimum school district size – which could force smaller schools to merge with neighboring towns.

Officials say some districts are spending $36,000 a year on each student.

Lt. Gov.-elect Susan Bysiewicz was at Bridgeport's Fairchild Wheeler Magnet School Tuesday where she was interacting with teachers on how to fix Connecticut’s schools.

“Our focus is, how can we do as many things as we can with existing resources," she told News 12.

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