Monthly Archives: June 2014

Scandal called ‘important moment’ in charter movement

Commissioner Stefan Pryor.

An inquiry into the state’s oversight of charter schools, once celebrated as laboratories of urban educational achievement and innovation, comes as they increasingly face a backlash from teachers’ unions and political figures ranging from the mayor of New York City to a third-party candidate for governor of Connecticut. Continue Reading →

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Connecticut closely scrutinizing Supreme Court’s home care union ruling

In a decision that could have implications for two controversial Connecticut unions, a divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday in favor of Illinois home care workers who objected to paying fees to a union representing them. Continue Reading →

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CT Democrats mobilize over contraception ruling

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The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Monday involving contraception and religious freedom provided Connecticut Democrats with instant campaign fodder, while two Republican candidates for governor remained silent and one GOP congressional candidate praised the court. Continue Reading →

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Despite one big miss, most CT teachers’ pensions were delivered

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The state failed to deliver teacher pension funds over the past decade in just 15 of more than 7,800 cases involving deaths – a failure rate of less than one-fifth of 1 percent, according to an interim report filed Monday. Continue Reading →

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CT women’s groups, politicians, decry high court’s Hobby Lobby decision

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WASHINGTON – To opponents of the Affordable Care Act, it’s a political victory, but to Connecticut women’s rights groups and its Democratic politicians, the Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby will erode a woman’s right to contraception. Continue Reading →

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Washington Watch, Week of June 29-July 5

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The House and Senate will be out next week for Independence Day break. Connecticut’s lawmakers have therefore ramped up events in the state. The Supreme Court will issue two important rulings this week and Chilean President Michelle Bachelet will visit the White House.
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Anthem links rate hike proposal to Hepatitis C drugs, state law

Generations Family Health Center CEO Arvind Shaw asks the insurance department to reject Anthem's proposal.

Updated 1:50 p.m. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield officials said Friday that the company needs to raise rates on its individual-market policies by an average of 12.5 percent to account for rising pharmaceutical costs, particularly costly new Hepatitis C drugs. Customers, meanwhile, blasted the company for proposing to raise prices on coverage they say is already unaffordable. Continue Reading →

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Connecticut advocates lobby Congress to tackle sexual crimes on campus

UConn students  rallied around students last fall who alleged the university mishandled their complaints of being sexually assaulted.

WASHINGTON – Should the University of Connecticut and other colleges in the state and across the nation be forced to report all incidents of sexual assaults on their campuses to law enforcement authorities? That’s one of the questions under debate as Congress tackles the thorny issue of sexual violence in the nation’s schools. Continue Reading →

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Malloy offers ‘Connecticut Core’ as Common Core fix

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. At left are Mark Waxenberg and Melodie Peters, leaders of teachers' unions.

With cover from the state’s two largest teachers’ unions, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Thursday kicked off “Connecticut Core,” the administration’s latest effort to quell the political and policy clamor over how Common Core curriculum standards should be implemented. Continue Reading →

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