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House votes to strip Gray of power to close campus

Rep. Roberta Willis, co-chair of the higher education committee.

In a clear show of displeasure with the leader of the state's system of community colleges and regional state universities, the state House of Representatives voted 86 to 56 Tuesday to block the system from closing a campus without legislative approval. Continue Reading →

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Senate moves to rebuke Gray, stop Meriden campus closure

Sen. Danté Bartolomeo and   Rep. Emil Altobello talk with  community college students in Meriden on Monday.

The Senate moved swiftly Wednesday to stop a surprise plan to close a community college satellite campus in a district represented by the co-chair of the legislature’s committee on higher education. On a unanimous vote, the Senate stripped administrators of the right to close any campus without legislative approval. Continue Reading →

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Closing a Meriden campus just the beginning of college cuts

Sen. Danté Bartolomeo

As public protests mount against the unexpected announcement that Middlesex Community College's Meriden campus will close this spring, students and the public can brace for many more sudden cuts at the state's community colleges and four regional universities. Continue Reading →

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For students with limited English, glaring gaps in achievement and state remedies

A classroom for students who understand limited English at DiLoreto Magnet Elementary School in New Britain

One of every 15 students in Connecticut’s public schools speaks and understands only limited English, and their academic achievement lags far behind that of their classmates. The achievement gap in Connecticut is among the highest in the nation, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Continue Reading →

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CSCU leader asks for contract concessions; faculty unions balk

Gregory w Gray  5-2-13

Updated at 3:39 p.m.
With plans to cut spending by $22 million, the president of the state's largest public college system is asking union leaders for concessions. But the presidents of the two largest unions representing employees at the community colleges and Central, Eastern, Southern and Western Connecticut state universities say they aren't interested. Continue Reading →

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Tuition increases approved to help cover CSCU system’s growing budget

Students at Capital Community College chant: 'What's it going to cost, Connecticut? More than we are willing to pay."

Enrolling in Connecticut's public community colleges and regional state universities will be getting more expensive, and students are concerned. The Board of Regents for Higher Education voted Thursday to increase tuition and fees next school year by 4.8 to 5.3 percent, and is also considering staff reductions and layoffs. Continue Reading →

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Op-Ed: One educator’s prescription for renewal of No Child Left Behind Act

The No Child Left Behind Act is up for renewal. Most famous was its promise of having all U.S. students proficient in reading and math by 2014. That was the year the U.S. would again be number one in education; that year has come and gone. Here is my wish list for the No Child Left Behind reauthorization. Continue Reading →

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UConn formally ends relationship with its alumni association

UConn President Susan Herbst

The University of Connecticut's governing board voted unanimously Thursday to sever its relationship with the school's 126-year old alumni association, saying membership dues the organization charges have led to low engagement with graduates. But records show the UConn Alumni Association's board had agreed in December to stop charging membership dues and was planning to have members vote on eliminating them. Continue Reading →

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