Should CT give terminally ill patients the ‘right to try’ unapproved treatments?

This is a photo of Debra Gove, who has ALS, and Richard Bunting, who has cancer.

Since being diagnosed with ALS, Debra Gove has participated in eight studies, hoping to give researchers insights that could lead to a cure. She's participating in a clinical trial, but knows there's a chance she got a placebo, and that she'll be dead before the treatment can be widely available. Should state lawmakers make it easier for patients like her to try unapproved treatments? Continue Reading →

State teachers’ union: Eliminate statewide standardized tests

The state's largest teachers' union is calling on Connecticut lawmakers to end the requirement that students take a statewide standardized test each spring. Students take a common-core-aligned test — the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, or SBAC test — so the state can measure student progress in selected subject areas and grades. "A child is more than a test score, and the time is now for the Connecticut General Assembly to act by phasing out SBAC," Connecticut Education Association President Sheila Cohen said in a press release. The CEA points to a poll they commissioned in January as proof that voters want students tested less. That poll of 500 likely voters from around the state reported they trusted using test scores to evaluate student learning much less than using student performance on projects and grades they receive from teachers. Continue Reading →