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Ojakian, saying CSCU needs stability, wants to stay at the helm

CSCU President Mark Ojakian, meets with students at Tunxis Community College earlier this year.

"You can't have a president every one or two years and expect that you're actually going to provide the best service to students and to our state," President Mark Ojakian said during a recent wide-ranging interview in his Hartford office. "You just can't do that." Continue Reading →

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Tests show gains but about half of students still below grade level

A Bridgeport student takes a Smarter Balanced practice test.

About half of the 234,000 elementary and middle school students tested during the last school year were not at grade level in reading or math, state education officials announced Thursday. But a higher proportion of students were at grade level than in the previous year. Continue Reading →

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Leaders struggle with next steps in desegregating schools

U.S. Education Secretary John King praises Elizabeth Horton Sheff, who won a school desegregation lawsuit against the state 20 years ago.

As pressure mounts on Connecticut to desegregate schools in ways other than opening expensive magnet schools, educators, political leaders and advocates – including U.S. Education Secretary John B. King – discussed how to break a stalemate on making further progress. Continue Reading →

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Early Childhood Commissioner Myra Jones-Taylor to step down

Myra Jones-Taylor testifies before the senate HELP Committee

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Friday that Myra Jones-Taylor, commissioner of the state Office of Early Childhood, will step down from her position effective Sept. 1. She is leaving to pursue "new professional opportunities," the governor's office said. Continue Reading →

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Eyeing revenue, UConn keeps separate Hartford business campus

100 Constitution Plaza, the location of UConn's Graduate Business Learning Center in Hartford

The University of Connecticut will keep its Hartford-based graduate business programs at Constitution Plaza, scrapping plans to consolidate at a single downtown campus next year. The decision allows the already profitable programs to continue expanding, the university said. Continue Reading →

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Judge presses state on approach to school funding as trial wraps

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The five-month trial examining whether the lowest-performing schools in Connecticut are providing students with the education the state constitution requires came to a close Wednesday with final arguments from the attorney defending the state and sharp questioning from the judge. The judge will now craft a complex decision almost certain to become the basis of an appeal to the state Supreme Court. Continue Reading →

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Federal monitor: Progress being ‘made and sustained’ at DCF

DCF court monitor Raymond Mancusso

The state Department of Children and Families has "made and sustained progress" toward improving the state's child welfare system, a federal court monitor reported Monday. The monitor released his "best findings ever" in two key areas – case planning and meeting children's basic needs. Continue Reading →

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