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Boucher receives the endorsement of Connecticut State University- American Association of University Professors

Senator Toni Boucher receives the endorsement of Connecticut State University- American Association of University Professors

In a letter dated September 26, 2012

“The CSU-AAUP is pleased to endorse your candidacy for election to the state legislature. This endorsement is a result of careful consideration of your positions and our perception that you recognize the needs of higher education in Connecticut. Your interest in maintain a viable and quality program of higher education for Connecticut in the future will be most appreciated.

Our membership faculty at the four State Universities, Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, Southern Connecticut State University in new haven and Western State University in Danbury, will be informed of our endorsement and urged to support your election.

Sincerely, Julian Madison, Chair

Senator Toni Boucher (R-Wilton) worked this se ssion on the bipartisan passage of SB 40, AN ACT CONCERNING COLLEGE READINESS AND COMPLETION this session. Senator Boucher thanks the co-chairs of the committee for their openness to the many ideas and suggestions in crafting this landmark legislation in college readiness.

Senator Boucher was also awarded “Children’s Champion for 2012” for her bi-partisan work to improve education quality for public education

State Senator Toni Boucher was commended on April 30, 2012 for her continual work making Connecticut a better place for children to live and grow. The Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance recognized Boucher as a “Children’s Champion” for ushering legislation aimed at improving outcomes for young children, taking special interest in the issues facing young children, and engaging with advocates on early childhood legislation centering on health, nutrition and safety. “Sen. Boucher was chosen as a 2012 Children’s Champion for demonstrating a strong level of commitment to early childhood through leadership on policy issues during the 2012 legislative session, and active involvement on local early childhood initiatives,” said Maggie Adair, Executive Director of the CT Early Childhood Alliance.

State Senator Boucher on 2012’s landmark education legislation “The beginning of this legislative year was filled with hope and prospects for meaningful change in our educational system. There are two aspects that for me are the most significant and may do the most to address our widest in the nation achievement gap. These two issues have been moved forward in cooperation with the Black and Latino Caucus and include: new school readiness spaces and early reading readiness “

Sen. Boucher joins Gov. Malloy and U.S. Secretary of Education Duncan at the announcement granting NCLB Waiver to Connecticut on May 29, 2012. Senator Toni Boucher was asked to join this important announcement in recognition of her strong bipartisan leadership role as an education advocate in Connecticut for many years. Governor Dannel Malloy and United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan made the declaration that Connecticut has received a waiver from the mandates of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) at the State Capitol on Tuesday, May 29.

State Senator Sen. Boucher is a Ranking Member of both the Education Committee and Higher Education Committee and dedicates much of her time to issues involving youth programs, children’s issues and education. She had helped to enact CT’s College Trust Fund 529 legislation and preschool education for economically disadvantaged children, reformed bi-lingual education and child literacy programs.

She has also been a leading advocate for arts and music programs in our public schools and has been the recipient of “Outstanding Contributions in Arts Advocacy Award”- Connecticut Association of Arts Administrators, “Connecticut Arts Advocate Award” from the Connecticut Arts Educators Association,” Music Education Advocate Award” from CMEA and a UNCONN Advocate Award. She has also been chairman of Wilton Board of Education, State Board of Education Commissioner and Deputy Minority Leader of the Senate and Assistant Minority Leader in the House. Sen. Boucher currently serves the communities of Wilton, Ridgefield, Redding, Westport, New Canaan, Weston and Bethel and is running for re-election in the State Senate #26 district on November 6.