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Senate votes to drop Smarter Balanced test for high school students

A Bridgeport student takes a Smarter Balanced practice test

The Senate voted Thursday to do away with the requirement that every high school junior take the Smarter Balanced Assessments, the controversial exams aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Instead, every student would take either the SAT or ACT college-entrance exam. But not everyone is convinced it's a good idea. Continue Reading →

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What cuts loom at each CSCU campus?

CSCU cuts refer

The state's community colleges and regional Connecticut state universities plan to shed dozens of teachers, tutors and other staff to close the $34.5 million deficit they are anticipating for the next fiscal year. "We will not be the same institutions this September that we were last September," says Connecticut State Colleges and Universities President Gregory Gray said. Find the planned cuts for each school. Continue Reading →

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Legislators advance in-state tuition, financial aid for undocumented students

Shayla Rivera

The state House of Representatives on Tuesday voted to expand the number of undocumented immigrants who qualify for much lower in-state tuition rates at Connecticut public colleges. Meanwhile, another bill that would make these students eligible to compete for a $140 million pool of financial aid was approved by the state Senate. Continue Reading →

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Unexplained exit of CSCU provost prompts ban on non-disparagement agreements

Senate President Pro Tem Martin M. Looney

State senators have approved a bill forbidding state officials from demanding that employees sign non-disparagement agreements when leaving their state jobs — a move directed at the state's largest public college system. Continue Reading →

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Teachers rally against Smarter Balanced test at Capitol: ‘Put the test to rest’

Teachers rally in opposition to the SBAC tests outside the State Capitol.

Hundreds of teachers, parents, teachers union leaders and students descended on the state Capitol Tuesday, objecting to the Department of Education's use of the Smarter Balanced test associated with the Common Core Standards. Some key lawmakers, however, appear to be unmoved. Continue Reading →

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Aggressive charter school campaign descends on the Capitol

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy addresses a rally of charter school supporters at the state Capitol Thursday.

Legislators are being bombarded with emails informing them every time a student applies to a charter school that the state has yet to agree to fund. And when they turn on the television, they see advertisements warning that thousands of students will be trapped in failing schools unless state lawmakers spend millions more to expand enrollment in charter schools. Continue Reading →

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