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Economy Forces Delay of Conn. School Reform Plan

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Connecticut's education commissioner says financial constraints are delaying a plan to overhaul the state's high schools.

Mark McQuillan says the reforms, which were slated to start in fall 2009, likely will be pushed back another two years. He says the $16 million needed to launch the program is "simply out of reach."

The cost for the full eight-year program would be about $184 million.

The initiative would increase graduation requirements statewide and add programs to keep at-risk students from dropping out.

McQuillan says education leaders will explore low-cost changes until the economy improves.

They also still plan to ask the General Assembly this winter to approve the reform plan so it can start as soon as funds become available.

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