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Mayor Pedro E. Segarra Statement Regarding Denial of Hartford Superintendent Contract Renewal

(June 18, 2013) – Mayor Segarra made the following statement regarding the denial of Dr. Christina Kishimoto’s contract extension by the Board of Education:

“Since joining city government in 2006, I have been a strong advocate of education reform. During my tenure in Council as Chair of the Operations, Management and Budget committee and now as Mayor, educational funding has increased by $30.4 million dollars. I am comfortable with the decision executed by the Board of Education. Superintendent Kishimoto is dedicated to educational reform on behalf of Hartford students; however, achievement levels remain unsatisfactory despite the significant amount of resources invested. In response, the Superintendent has stated that improvements in academic achievement will take 20 years. That is unacceptable. Hartford students deserve a leader who strengthens and accelerates the quality of their education at a faster pace. As Mayor I will work with Dr. Kishimoto, the Board of Education, parents and community stakeholders to ensure a smooth transition to sustain and accelerate existing education reform.”

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For Immediate Release: June 18, 2013
Contact: Maribel La Luz
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