It seems like a reasonable standard: No town shall receive less state money to help run its schools than it did in the previous year. But in practice this means several Connecticut school districts in the wealthiest towns — towns that have fewer high-need students — are receiving more money from the state than they would otherwise be entitled to while needier districts get less.
WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives will vote on legislation Wednesday that would require Amtrak to determine the feasibility of a new high-speed service from New York City to Boston that would likely cross Connecticut but make no stops in the state.
Access Health CT, the state's insurance exchange, said Tuesday it will hold a special enrollment period during April to allow those who paid a penalty on their 2014 federal taxes for being uninsured to enroll for coverage for the balance of 2015 and limit penalties on their taxes next year.
WASHINGTON – One Connecticut lawmaker decided to skip his speech to a joint session of Congress and others had differing reactions to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu’s forceful condemnation of U.S. efforts to reach an agreement with Iran over nuclear weapons.
After a day of public-hearing testimony about free markets, innovation and regulation, the only consensus at the General Assembly about Uber was that the market-disrupting ride service is in Connecticut to stay. Exactly how or when to set rules for a business that’s upended the highly regulated taxicab industry was unclear Monday evening. Continue Reading →
On March 4, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in King v. Burwell, a case challenging the validity of tax subsidies helping millions of Americans buy health insurance. If the court rules against the Obama administration, those subsidies could be cut off for everyone in the three dozen states using healthcare.gov, the federal exchange website. Continue Reading →
The health care landscape is changing, and legislators are trying to figure out how to respond to an industry that is at once a top employer in many communities and a big driver of health care costs that are straining state, local and business budgets. Hospital officials say some of the proposals so far would take the state backwards. Continue Reading →
The apparent imbalance in media attention to funding Connecticut's 17 state colleges compared to UConn is fairly well representative of the inequality in state support. This is especially concerning, because it is the oft-forgotten CSCU schools which are truly in need at this moment. Continue Reading →
Connecticut has made remarkable strides in improving its array of services and evidence-based programs to ensure more kids can grow and thrive in families. Commissioner Joette Katz has not rejected group placement as an option; she has merely required the justification that taking kids away from families demands. Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON – With a last-minute vote, Congress averted a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, extending its funding by seven days and at least temporarily sparing 1,500 agency employees in Connecticut their paychecks. Continue Reading →
The General Assembly returned to full strength Friday as the winners of three special elections took their seats, giving Democrats majorities of 21-15 in the Senate and 87-64 in the House. Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON – Congressional Republicans this week began a comprehensive review of the food stamp program to determine what is working – and to eliminate what in their view is not – a move that could impact thousands of recipients in Connecticut. Even without changes in the program, thousands of unemployed food stamp recipients in Connecticut may find they are no longer eligible after the end of the year. Continue Reading →
As the legislature begins its review of Gov. Dannel Malloy’s proposed budget, investment in environmental sustainability should be a top concern, and should be reflected in funds allocated to the Department Energy and Environmental Protection. Continue Reading →
Grading schools based on test scores is all the rage these days. But today, with the release of Your School, The Connecticut Mirror is providing a broad collection of other measures parents can use to judge their child's school. Continue Reading →
Sen. Richard Blumenthal needs an education on the toxic effect that high-stakes testing has had on Connecticut's schools. He is sadly mistaken if he believes a test will change any of the poverty, family disfunction or other socioeconomic conditions that get in the way of educating children. Continue Reading →
Washington – Several Connecticut mayors have joined their counterparts in dozens of cities across the nation in writing to congressional leaders, urging them to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, a government agency that makes it easier for American companies to make overseas sales. Continue Reading →
Sean Connolly, a lawyer, Army reservist and decorated veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, is giving up a senior defense industry post to become Connecticut’s commissioner of veterans’ affairs. Continue Reading →
This post is not specially written to address Common Core itself, but rather to remind all parents concerned about the data and privacy issues and content of standardized testing, that they have the right to opt their kids out of the SBAC testing --regardless of what they are told by their child’s school. Continue Reading →