Troubled schools on trial: When poverty permeates the classroom

A student walks by one of the many boarded up houses in an impoverished neighborhood in Hartford on the way to school.

“The state of education in some towns is alarming,” wrote the judge presiding over a recent five-month trial on state funding of failing schools. Whether the state is doing enough to educate children in poverty was at the core of the case, which explored the struggles of students in the state’s lowest-performing schools. First of seven stories. Continue Reading →

With an eye on legislature, Bronin makes pitch to suburbs

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin in West Hartford.

It wasn’t necessarily the way Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin wanted to start a conversation with the suburbs about what it would mean to the region if the capital city goes broke. But the Metropolitan District Commission’s unexpected levy on its member communities for a reserve fund in case Hartford cannot pay its bills is getting Bronin invitations to the suburbs to talk about the city’s challenges. Continue Reading →