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State universities have mixed results with enrollment targets

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New academic initiatives yielded mixed enrollment results for Connecticut’s public colleges and universities, according to preliminary numbers. The University of Connecticut hit an enrollment benchmark for this fall, but the state's merged public college system did not grow as much as hoped. Continue Reading →

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Report: DCF must do better at tracking kids who ‘age out’

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The Connecticut Department of Children and Families needs to do a better job of tracking children who age out of its care. Until that happens, a state report says, it is hard to gauge the effectiveness of its programs for seeing children into a productive adulthood. Continue Reading →

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Malloy celebrates Pryor, but makes gesture to union critics

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor.

NEW BRITAIN – By turns wistful and upbeat, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor put a positive spin Thursday on Pryor’s announcement he will leave the Malloy administration, a departure sought by unions important to the governor’s re-election. He later named a leader of a teachers' union to the State Board of Education. Continue Reading →

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UConn welcomes 6,000 new students, including ‘most diverse’ freshmen class ever

The University of Connecticut's Storrs campus

The University of Connecticut announced Thursday that nearly 6,000 new students will attend the main campus in Storrs and the various branch campuses this fall, while officials hailed it as the most diverse in UConn history. Students can begin moving into residence halls on the Storrs campus beginning Friday while the fall semester classes start next week. Continue Reading →

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Tragedy prompts call to raise awareness of ‘Safe Haven’ for CT infants

Rep. Pam Sawyer (foreground) shows headline about infant death in EH. Reps. Tami Zawistowski and Gail Lavielle and Sen. Cathy Osten (L to R) in background.

A coalition of state legislators, officials and child advocates pledged Tuesday to develop a new promotional campaign for Connecticut’s “Safe Haven” law in response to last week’s tragic discovery of an abandoned, dead infant in an East Hartford trash can. Continue Reading →

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