If Connecticut elects him to the U.S. Senate, William Tong wants to help teachers—by helping them leave the schools.

Tong, one of three Democrats seeking the 2012 nomination for Connecticut’s open Senate seat, discussed that help as he floated ideas for school reform in a visit to New Haven.

He said he wants government to offer public-school teachers “incentives” to leave their jobs rather than feel they have to stick it out until retirement, whether or not they want to.

“Thirty-seven years is just way too long to be in one profession,” Tong said. “They [teachers] want to see a pathway to another career. Many of us will go do two and three and four careers in our lifetime. We need to help teachers make that transition.”

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