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Teachers’ pension fund begins a recovery

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The teachers’ pension fund – which has been one of the state’s fastest growing expenses in recent years – will not cost the state quite as much next year. Independent financial experts informed the state this week that its required contribution for the upcoming fiscal year will decrease by $8.5 million. It’s the first time the state’s required contribution will decrease since Connecticut borrowed $2 billion in 2008 to help shore up the troubled fund and promised investors it would contribute annually the full amount recommended by analysts. State lawmakers in recent years have been forced to make large contributions to compensate for the hit the fund took during the recession. For example, last fiscal year the state was required to contribute $948.5 million, a 20 percent increase over the previous year. Continue Reading →

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UConn scholarship fundraising takes a leap

The University of Connecticut's chief fundraising arm is on a roll, and many more students will get help paying for college as a result.

"Hundreds of additional students will be supported," said Josh Newton, the president of the UConn Foundation. The foundation raised $81.1 million in donations in the 2013-2014 fiscal year, a $17.5 million boost, 0r 27.5 percent, over the previous fiscal year. It is "the highest level of giving to the University in the 50-year history of the UConn Foundation," says the organization's annual report. The momentum has continued into this school year. "It has been a strong first quarter," the foundation informed UConn's Board of Trustees Wednesday. The foundation has raised $8.4 million more so far this fiscal year than at the same time last year. Continue Reading →

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Foley advocates businesslike approach to improving ailing schools

Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley takes a businessman's approach to improving education.

Connecticut's governor for the next four years will face a wide range of challenges to improve the state's public schools. The Mirror spoke with both major party candidates about their approach to education. Today, Republican challenger Tom Foley talks about his plans. Continue Reading →

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Malloy’s educational record: bold plans and compromise

Gov. Malloy works with a student in a school in Norwalk earlier this year

Connecticut's governor for the next four years will face a wide range of challenges to improve the state's public schools. The Mirror spoke with both major party candidates about their approach to education. Today, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy talks about his track record and future plans. Wednesday, Republican challenger Tom Foley will lay out his vision for Connecticut schools. Continue Reading →

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Fact check: Who really protected teacher pension funding?

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Since their endorsement of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, leaders of the largest teachers' union in Connecticut have portrayed the governor as defender of what teachers worry about most: the future of their pensions. But while touting Malloy as the first governor to “fully fund” the long-neglected pension system, the leadership message of the Connecticut Education Association doesn’t mention that Malloy had little choice but to do so. Continue Reading →

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