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.
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.
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.
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 →
EAST HARTFORD – Despite recent arguments that his new state budget proposal is out of balance and over the constitutional spending cap, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Wednesday he wouldn’t propose more spending cuts or otherwise adjust his plan. Continue Reading →
A countdown began Wednesday toward a debate over scrapping Connecticut’s unique system of relying on locally elected registrars of voters, one for each major party, to carry out elections in all 169 cities and towns. Continue Reading →
Managing the water that flows into the thousands upon thousands of storm drains around the state — an otherwise standard municipal function — has become something close to a standoff between the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and a battalion of those municipalities. Continue Reading →
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium test is part a profit-motivated scheme to undermine public education and advance unregulated for-profit schools. The state should not make it so difficult for parents to opt out of this testing program. Continue Reading →
Once again Gov. Dannel Malloy's budget is targeting Connecticut's nursing home residents -- this time squeezing their personal needs allowance down to $50 a month, some $19 lower than it was in 2011. How can any nursing home resident maintain a decent quality of life on $50 a month? Continue Reading →
On the eve of his 79th birthday, former state Sen. Edwin A. Gomes, D-Bridgeport, regained his seat as a minor-party candidate in a special election Tuesday night, scoring a national first for the Working Families Party. Continue Reading →
A new push to ban variable electric rates is a tacit admission by key legislators that a 2014 consumer protection law was insufficient to protect customers against bait-and-switch marketing by some of the electric retailers who compete with United Illuminating and Connecticut Light & Power, now known as Eversource Energy. Continue Reading →
Unless Gov. Dannel P. Malloy softens his position on the constitutional spending cap, legislators already reeling from deep proposed cuts could be scrambling to make at least $100 million more per year. Continue Reading →
University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst told state legislators Tuesday that she could be forced to lay off staff, seek concessions from her unionized workforce and make drastic cuts in programs if state funding is cut by $10.6 million, as the governor recommends. Continue Reading →
Washington – Back from a nearly week-long congressional trip to Cuba and other Caribbean points, U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro said she was optimistic about President Obama’s opening to the island, but realizes the thaw in relations is limited. Continue Reading →
Critics say Malloy's proposal to cut Medicaid is financially short-sighted and threatens to undermine recent progress in a program that has added thousands of new members as part of the federal health law, expanded the network of providers willing to treat them, and reduced its per-client costs. Continue Reading →
In order for our region to take full advantage of CTfastrak, the New Britain to Hartford busway, the needs of the residents living in the vicinity of the new transit lines must be taken into consideration. This should include children and families, who are not traditionally the primary part of transit studies. Continue Reading →