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Auditors: UConn ‘burdened’ CT with $77M in ‘unnecessary interest costs’

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The University of Connecticut burdened the state with an estimated $77 million in “unnecessary interest costs” when it secured financing 19 months ago for a new ambulatory services center in at the UConn Health Center in Farmington, the state auditors of public accounts reported Wednesday. Continue Reading →

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Legislative hearings will probe conditions at state’s juvenile jails

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

Legislative hearings will be held to probe conditions and practices at the state's jails for juvenile offenders after reports that they placed youths "at risk of physical and emotional harm.” Continue Reading →

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The Mirror’s ‘Small State, Big Debate: Race’ event set for Oct. 6

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The Connecticut Mirror, the state’s award-winning, nonprofit public policy news organization, will hold its second statewide public policy event, “Small State, Big Debate: Race,” on Tuesday, October 6, at Fairfield University. Tickets go on sale today with an early bird special through Aug. 20. Find all the details here. Continue Reading →

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Expired contracts leave education advocates for foster kids in limbo

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Advocates called "surrogate parents" are typically assigned to help children in foster care or homeless children overcome barriers and get the education services they need. But the state's contracts with the 74 surrogates responsible for more than 1,000 foster and homeless children on any given day expired July 1 — which has left these advocates in limbo. Continue Reading →

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Sponsors vow to reintroduce ‘yes means yes’ legislation

Co-sponsors of a bill that would require all Connecticut colleges and universities to adopt an affirmative-consent policy for sexual assault investigations say they will reintroduce the legislation next year. The law would change the way schools investigate sexual assault complaints by shifting the burden of proof to the accused to show the sexual activity was consensual. Continue Reading →

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Expert: Progress made, more needed at jails for young offenders

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

An expert's review of DCF's locked facilities for juvenile offenders highlights the successes of a juvenile justice system that incarcerates fewer youth than 10 years ago, but also raises questions about the adequacy of mental health services provided for at-risk youths both in and outside of jail. Continue Reading →

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U.S. Senate votes to leave many education reforms to the states

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate Thursday approved a sweeping overhaul of federal education law that would leave up to Connecticut and other states whether to continue with education reforms including the controversial Common Core standards and linking teacher evaluations to student test scores. Continue Reading →

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Murphy fails in attempt to boost civil rights protections in ed bill

Sen. Chris Murphy speaking on the floor of the U.S. Senate about ISIL.

WASHINGTON – Opposed by powerful teachers unions but backed by civil rights groups, legislation sponsored by Sen. Chris Murphy aimed at boosting school accountability in a proposed education overhaul failed in the Senate Wednesday. Continue Reading →

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