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$20M agreement will expand school choice to desegregate Hartford schools

State officials agreed Monday to offer 1,325 more children living in Hartford seats in existing magnet or suburban public schools next school year. The agreement is the latest result of an 18-year-old Connecticut Supreme Court decision that ordered the state to eliminate the educational inequities caused by the capital city’s segregated schools. Continue Reading →

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State teachers’ union: Eliminate statewide standardized tests

The state's largest teachers' union is calling on Connecticut lawmakers to end the requirement that students take a statewide standardized test each spring. Students take a common-core-aligned test — the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, or SBAC test — so the state can measure student progress in selected subject areas and grades. "A child is more than a test score, and the time is now for the Connecticut General Assembly to act by phasing out SBAC," Connecticut Education Association President Sheila Cohen said in a press release. The CEA points to a poll they commissioned in January as proof that voters want students tested less. That poll of 500 likely voters from around the state reported they trusted using test scores to evaluate student learning much less than using student performance on projects and grades they receive from teachers. Continue Reading →

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Behind The Numbers podcast – Episode 2: Deep cuts, tax hikes and an end to deficits?

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Connecticut Mirror Budget Reporter Keith M. Phaneuf and state Controller Kevin P. Lembo discuss Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's $40 billion biennial budget proposal and whether it would put state finances on a sustainable path into he future. Continue Reading →

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UConn asserts contracting watchdog has only limited power over it

UConn's Storrs campus

The University of Connecticut has told the watchdog agency that oversees state contracting that it has only limited authority to investigate allegations made against the school. “The constituent units [of higher education] are not ‘state contracting agencies’” under the law, UConn's Office of the General Counsel wrote to the state Contracting Standards Board in an email earlier this month. Continue Reading →

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CT colleges: Proposed cuts would probably reduce staff and raise tuition

Manchester Community College

Potentially facing painful cuts in funding from the state, leaders of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system on Thursday projected what it would take to close their deficits purely with tuition hikes or staff reductions. Most likely, some combination of both would be necessary, they said. Continue Reading →

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Higher education cut, local school aid flat in Malloy budget

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy presenting his budget.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget proposal cuts support for the state's public colleges and universities, provides level funding for state aid to school districts, offers financial aid to undocumented students, and would fund four new charter schools. Continue Reading →

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Challenges for Katz at confirmation, then an endorsement

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The sweeping changes made over the last four years by Joette Katz, the leader of the Department of Children and Families, drew mixed reviews Wednesday at a hearing that nonetheless ended with a unanimous vote in favor of her confirmation. Continue Reading →

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Panel: Empower towns to raise revenue, control special ed costs

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Expanding municipal taxation options, encouraging communities to share costs regionally and reforming special education topped House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey’s new plan Thursday to bolster local and state budgets. Continue Reading →

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Applause, and skepticism, for Malloy’s ‘second-chance society’

From left, Iran Nazario, Dennis Murphy, Mayor Pedro Segarra and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

James Rovella was a Hartford homicide cop in the early 1990s, when Iran Nazario ran with Los Solidos, a gang quick to defend its drug turf with drive-by shootings. Rovella left the streets for management, eventually becoming chief. Nazario went to prison. On Wednesday, they shared the same table, listening to a governor talk about second chances. Continue Reading →

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