Jacqueline Rabe Thomas


Jacqueline won two first prizes from the national Education Writers Association for her work in 2012 – one in beat reporting for her overall education coverage, and the other, with Keith Phaneuf, in investigative reporting on a series of stories revealing questionable monetary and personnel actions taken by the Board of Regents for Higher Education. Before coming to The Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.'s Maryland newspaper chains. She has also worked for Congressional Quarterly and the Toledo Free Press. A graduate of Bowling Green State University, Jacqueline is in the public policy master’s program at Trinity College. E-mail her at jrabe@ctmirror.org.

Recent Posts

New data: Majority of Hartford schools still segregated; some progress made

A classroom at Hartford High School, Law and Government Academy

Twenty years after the Connecticut Supreme Court ordered the state to eliminate the inequities caused by the isolation of black and Hispanic students in its capital city, data released Thursday show that the majority of Hartford’s children still attend segregated schools – though not as many as last year. Continue Reading →

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Feds: East Hartford schools violated rights of non-English speakers

Students are taught a lesson in a class for English Language Learners at East Hartford Middle School

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights has found that East Hartford’s public schools have been violating the rights of non-Enligsh speaking families “by unlawfully imposing barriers to enrollment and applying additional registration and enrollment criteria to students based on national origin.” Continue Reading →

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State agencies offer more painful possibilities for budget cuts


State agencies have offered the governor’s budget office options as it prepares a 2017-18 state budget proposal. Among those just made public: Some DMV offices could close. Housing subsidies for those with AIDS could be cut. And hundreds more state jobs could be eliminated by privatizing services for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Continue Reading →

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What cuts in the next state budget could look like…


State agencies have offered the governor’s budget office options as it prepares a 2017-18 state budget proposal. Among those made public so far: State residents could be charged a new $10 vehicle registration fee every two years to support state parks; prisons could incarcerate 1,100 fewer people; mosquito and tick management programs could be scaled back; and state funding of tax breaks for elderly property owners and renters could be reduced. Continue Reading →

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Teacher pension costs to surge, widen hole in next state budget

state capitol dome

State spending on retired teachers’ pensions is set to surge $282.7 million next fiscal year – a 28 percent increase the state is obligated to fund and is likely to worsen budget deficit projections for 2016-17 by $47 million. Continue Reading →

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