On this month's Conversation, Editor RiShawn Biddle chats with Connecticut Parents Union President Gwen Samuel and mothers running the Hartford Parents Organization about their efforts to champion school choice and teacher quality reforms in one of Dropout Nation's States to Watch (http://dropoutnation.net/2011/12/28/reforming-american-public-education-in-2012-the-states-to-watch/). They discuss their recent protest efforts in the districts of state legislators who, at the behest of National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers affiliates, have all but eviscerated Gov. Dan Malloy's school reform plans (http://dropoutnation.net/2012/03/27/dan-malloys-moment-of-truth/).
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Disclosure: Dropout Nation Editor RiShawn Biddle is a member of the Connecticut Parents Union’s advisory board.