CT’s repeat flood damage dilemma: move out or rebuild?

An elevated home on Milford's Cooper Avenue.

Thousands of Connecticut homes have been repeatedly damaged by flooding due to storms. costing the government millions in insurance claims. The losses are now causing some to question the wisdom of policies that encourage rebuilding. They say that with climate change, those properties will grow more vulnerable and money would be better spent moving people out. So far, however, few homeowners are interested Continue Reading →

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Small State, Big Debate: Race

The Connecticut Mirror, the state’s award-winning, nonprofit public policy news organization, is holding its second statewide public policy event, “Small State, Big Debate: Race,” today at Fairfield University. Follow the event here with the hashtag #ctrace. Continue Reading →

Defining education — Does it include preschool?

A preschool classroom in Bridgeport

There's agreement that too few children in Connecticut have access to quality preschool programs, but top state officials are butting heads with a coalition of parents and educators on how to put a near-universal system in place. Attorney General George Jepsen argues that whether the state pays for universal preschool is an issue that should remain with lawmakers. His office is defending the State Department of Education and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in a school-funding lawsuit brought by a coalition of parents, school boards, municipal leaders and teachers' unions. The coalition worries that lawmakers will continue to look at the budgets for early education programs as places to find money when times are tight. A Jan. Continue Reading →

Hospital for Special Care opening state’s first autism inpatient unit

The Hospital for Special Care announced plans to open an eight-bed inpatient unit next month for young people with autism spectrum disorders as well as aggression, self-injury or severely impaired functioning – something hospital officials and advocates say will be an alternative to children being sent to out-of-state facilities, treatment progams that don’t meet their needs, or getting stuck in an emergency room while waiting for services. Continue Reading →

Youth service officers: We are not abusing kids in jail

Staff from CJTS speak out against reports on conditions inside the state-run jails

A state investigation that uncovered improper use of restraint and seclusion at Connecticut's juvenile correction facilities left out one important element, front line staff members say: their voices. "We cannot and will not be portrayed as the enemy or the abuser of the young people we are dedicated to helping and healing," says Suzanne Borner, a teacher at the Connecticut Juvenile Training School for boys in Middletown. "We ask you to remember that every story has another side, and a whole lot more context. Please hear ours," said George Register, a youth service officer of eight years. For example, consider  the story of Jennie. Continue Reading →