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Health, labor, environment bills revived in special session

Sen, Beth Bye, Appropriations Committee co-chair, in the Senate  chamber during Monday's special session

A wide range of legislative priorities that failed to clear both chambers of the General Assembly before the June 3 end of the regular session won final approval early Tuesday as part of a massive budget implementation bill. The 686-page everything-but-the-kitchen-sink bill also includes several controversial new provisions. Here's what's in it. Continue Reading →

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The state of UConn in 15 charts

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The University of Connecticut has been undergoing tremendous growth recently — partly evidenced by the $1.3 billion budget officials adopted last week. Here, in graphical form, is a historical overview of where the public university gets and spends its money, who it enrolls, and how many it employs. Continue Reading →

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Giving young offenders 2nd chance means system-wide reform

Harding High School in Bridgeport

With a goal of reducing the number of young offenders incarcerated by 20 percent in three years, Connecticut will need to both prevent youths from entering the juvenile justice system and make sure they don't return when they leave. Second of two articles. Continue Reading →

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Behind The Numbers Podcast – Episode 6: Charter schools, state aid and UConn in a lean budget

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Connecticut Mirror budget reporter Keith M. Phaneuf and education reporter Jacqueline Rabe Thomas discuss the new $40.3 billion, two-year state budget legislators sent to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, and its impact on every level of education from preschool to colleges and universities. Continue Reading →

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Looming deficits already threaten transportation, town aid initiatives

Former Transportation Strategy Board member Karen Burnaska and other advocates challenge gubernatorial candidates to focus on state's transportation needs.

A new, two-year state budget would make unprecedented investments in communities and transportation. But while Gov. Dannel P. Malloy insists his transportation investment will be protected by a legal lockbox, and Democratic lawmakers profess their commitment to local aid, looming deficits that start arriving in 2017-18 have advocates for both constituencies admitting they’re worried. Continue Reading →

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Bye: Malloy should have scaled back transportation plan to ease tax hikes

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A key Democratic legislative leader pushed back Monday on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s last-minute effort to scale back business tax hikes in the new state budget. Sen. Beth Bye said the Democratic governor’s bid to remove about $224 million in tax hikes over two years might have been received better had he sacrificed some of the new transportation funding he requested. Continue Reading →

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Evaluation — a dirty word to Connecticut teachers?

A classroom at DiLoreto Magnet Elementary School in New Britain

The state panel that developed Connecticut's teacher evaluation system three years ago met Wednesday to find ways to instill confidence in its utility among the state's teachers. The mission: ensure it is used to improve the profession and learning among students. Continue Reading →

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At last minute, an attempt to undo charter school FOI action

Jumoke Academy students work on an assignment while Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman watch in the back.

An attempt was made in the final hours of the General Assembly session last week to negate adopted legislation making charter schools subject to the state’s Freedom of Information Act. It's unclear whether the attempt will be renewed in the upcoming special session since no one is taking responsibility for it. Continue Reading →

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Bloomfield schools stage a comeback

Ross Hanson teaches his Advanced Placement Calculus class at Bloomfield High School.

BLOOMFIELD — Only a few years ago, Bloomfield High School was one of the state’s lowest-performing schools, a symbol of the chronic achievement gap afflicting low-income and minority students. But much has changed. In a state with some of the largest achievement gaps in the nation, a promising turnaround – in all of Bloomfield's schools – has caught the attention of state officials and education reform organizations. Continue Reading →

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