A coalition of state legislators, officials and child advocates pledged Tuesday to develop a new promotional campaign for Connecticut’s “Safe Haven” law in response to last week’s tragic discovery of an abandoned, dead infant in an East Hartford trash can. Continue Reading →
Stefan Pryor announced Monday he will not seek another term as state education commissioner, a step that could diminish some of the teacher dissatisfaction with the administration of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Continue Reading →
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Four months after the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut lawmakers banned at least 115 types of semi-automatic firearms.
Four months after the shooting of a congresswoman and a federal judge in Tucson, lawmakers in Arizona declared the Colt Army Action Revolver the official state gun. The differences reflect the wide divide separating Americans from one end of the country to the other. Continue Reading →
In the wake of recent controversies, state education officials have announced plans to start requiring that charter schools operate more like other public schools—“transparently,” with clear standards to meet. Continue Reading →
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A fraternity and two sororities have been banned from the University of Connecticut for up to three years following a finding that they were guilty of hazing and other violations of the university’s student code. The Sigma Chi fraternity and Delta Gamma and Delta Zeta sororities will lose their recognition by the college and be banned from on-campus housing for three, two and one years, respectively. “UConn takes a zero-tolerance approach to hazing and harmful treatment of students by anyone, under any circumstances,” the university announced. “Our mission is to provide a first-rate learning environment, and we take this duty very seriously.”
The Greek organizations were suspended in April. Officials took the action against Sigma Chi and Delta Gamma following allegations that, in February, among other things, members paddled fellow students, made them strip, covered them with syrup and flour and force them to eat cat food. Continue Reading →
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University of Connecticut officials gave final approval Wednesday to nearly $300 million in capital projects crucial to a 10-year plan to dramatically expand its science and technology programs. They also endorsed plans for a new multi-story research building, a large housing complex for science, engineering and math students and a 3,400-foot road extension to link the Storrs campus’s technology park with Route 44.
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Despite receiving their initial funding for a major science and technology initiative just one month ago, University of Connecticut officials told legislators Tuesday they have hit the ground running on their ambitious 10-year, $1.5 billion expansion program called Next Generation Connecticut. Continue Reading →
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Student academic records to be used in a landmark education lawsuit will not be sealed in the upcoming trial, a Superior Court judge has ruled. “This will not be a trial decided by secret evidence,” Superior Court Judge Kevin Dubay said in a hearing earlier this month. He denied a request by the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding to seal the academic records of student plaintiffs challenging the adequacy and fairness of funding for Connecticut’s schools. CCJEF attorney Megan Bannigan argued that the personal nature of the records, which include information about doctor’s notes and special education, among other things, warranted their being sealed. Dubay disagreed. Continue Reading →