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Pay for charter school leaders fuels funding debate

Achievement First charter school in Hartford

Compensation for leaders of the state’s largest network of charter schools, Achievement First, has increased by $100,000 since 2009 – and now rivals the pay of superintendents in the state’s wealthiest or largest districts. The Connecticut Education Association, the state’s largest teachers’ union and a fierce opponent of the growth of privately operated charter schools, made an issue of pay for top charter school officials Thursday. Continue Reading →

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Legislators question shielding DCF from budget squeeze

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Legislators are growing increasingly concerned with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s push to lock in an $800 million budget for the state agency responsible for the care of thousands of abused and neglected children – while he promises to slash spending elsewhere. Continue Reading →

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As the 2017 legislative session opens: What to know

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy delivers his sixth State of the State address.

The 2017 legislative session begins today, kicking off a five-month frenzy as lawmakers work to craft a budget in the face of bleak fiscal problems and debate topics ranging from school funding to legalizing pot. Here’s a look at what to expect. Continue Reading →

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Union concessions still key focal point in a time of hard tradeoffs

State budget director Benjamin Barnes answers questions from members of the state Spending Cap Commission.

With Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposal less than seven weeks away, his budget director warned that unless unions grant further concessions, avoiding major tax hikes likely would require significant cuts to municipal aid, social services, higher education — and more layoffs. Continue Reading →

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Another push to delay linking teacher evaluations with test scores

Teacher Ross Hanson working with students in his Advanced Placement Calculus class at Bloomfield High School.

More time is needed before requiring that teachers be evaluated based in part on student test scores, says the panel the State Board of Education relies on for advice in such matters. The state board has pushed back the deadline for doing so year after year, and the last time members said it would be the last. Continue Reading →

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Troubled schools on trial: Will a scathing court decision lead to action?

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While changing the way the state distributes school aid among towns may draw substantial support from legislators and the governor, they have shown little interest in, or have outright rejected, changing other polices a Superior Court judge found unconstitutional. Last of seven stories. Continue Reading →

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Troubled schools on trial: Special education driving costs and controversies

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The rate at which students are identified for special education varies drastically across school districts, and school officials differ on whether that’s because districts are over- or under-indentifying students. But they agree the rising cost to educate these students has outpaced inflation and crowds out other supports for students. The state judge presiding over a recent school funding trial blamed the state for not enforcing clear mandates on who is entitled to special education. Sixth of seven stories. Continue Reading →

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