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Malloy: Increase charter school, cut neighborhood school funding

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

Charter schools have escaped Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget axe and are slated for a $9.3 million boost in his proposed state budget. But the Democratic governor wants a $52.9 million cut on funding for special education, after-school programs, reading tutors and other services in low-performing public schools across the state. Continue Reading →

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Legislators press DCF on errors in child-risk assessment

DCF Commissioner Joette Katz (front) addresses members of the Committee on Children.

Updated Feb. 5 at 4:10 p.m.
The Department of Children and Families faced intense scrutiny from state legislators Thursday morning for not identifying a number of high-risk child abuse cases, and several top officials acknowledged the department's shortcomings and described steps that have been taken to improve. Continue Reading →

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Officials consider unlinking student test scores, teacher evaluations

A social studies class at East Hartford Middle School

When Gov. Dannel P. Malloy proclaimed 2012 as "The Year of Education Reform," superintendents, teachers union leaders and school board members joined forces to  tie teacher evaluations to test scores and student and parent surveys. But the results of the evaluations have been shrouded in secrecy ever since, and now key supporters say the system has some serious shortcomings. On Thursday, during a meeting at the State Department of Education, officials will consider scrapping parts of the system. Some of the evaluation program's shortcomings  surfaced recently  when the Attorney General's Office offered the results of evaluations from the last two years as evidence in the ongoing trial challenging the adequacy of the state's school funding. The evaluation data were introduced as proof that the state's chronically failing schools are overwhelmingly filled with great teachers. Continue Reading →

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Malloy: Shift health care, pension costs to universities

University of Connecticut campus in Storrs

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's proposed budget would transfer the responsibility for health care, retirement and other fringe benefit costs for thousands of employees to the state's public colleges and universities – a move college leaders have warned will probably result in a lot of red ink in their budgets. Continue Reading →

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Staffing problems hamper failing schools, educators testify

A teacher in a classroom at DiLoreto Magnet Elementary School in New Britain

Connecticut’s lowest-performing schools need great teachers and other support staff in order to improve, but education leaders from Bridgeport, East Hartford, New Britain and Windham have told a Superior Court judge that they lose waves of their best teachers each year, have trouble hiring replacements, and have too few teachers and other support staff to keep their students from falling further behind. Continue Reading →

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Manchester Community College president finalist for Long Island gig

Gena Glickman

Gena Glickman, the president of the state's largest community college, has been named one of four finalists to lead a community college on Long Island. Glickman, 64, has been the president of Manchester Community College since 2008 and is seeking to lead Nassau Community College, Newsday reported Thursday. It is unclear when a decision will be made, as Nassau has struggled to fill its vacant presidency for years amid a host of controversies, according to Inside Higher Ed. Continue Reading →

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Closing CT’s juvenile jail: Opportunities and obstacles ahead

The Connecticut Juvenile Training School in Middletown, a locked jail for young males that break the law.

With Connecticut's controversial jail for young offenders slated to close within two-and-a-half years, state leaders have begun to contemplate what an alternative juvenile justice system should encompass. Continue Reading →

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Malloy celebrates a school’s turnaround — and his record

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in Bloomfield.

BLOOMFIELD -- With a trial underway to determine if the state is meeting its obligations to poorer school districts, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy visited this racially diverse Hartford suburb Tuesday to celebrate the turnaround of Bloomfield High School, where test scores and graduation rates have climbed significantly over the past five years. Continue Reading →

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On trial: Is educational opportunity sufficient everywhere in CT?

Supertior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher

Opening arguments begin today in a trial five-month trial to ultimately determine whether the education being provided in Connecticut's lowest-achieving school districts fulfills the state's constitutional obligation. Continue Reading →

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