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New Conn. education commissioner starts job

October 7, 2011

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HARTFORD, Conn.—Connecticut's new education commissioner expects that addressing the achievement gap between wealthy and poor students will be among his biggest challenges.

Stefan Pryor's first official day as commissioner was Friday, though he has attended numerous meetings, forums and other events since being selected in September.

Pryor is a Yale graduate and co-founder of New Haven's acclaimed Amistad Academy charter school. He has also worked on New York City school reform issues and revitalization of Lower Manhattan after the 2001 terrorist attacks.

He comes to Connecticut from New Jersey, where he was deputy mayor of Newark, N.J., in the administration of Yale classmate Mayor Cory Booker.

Pryor will hold the $185,000-per-year education commissioner job on an interim basis until legislators vote on his nomination.