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U.S. education bill may spell new clash between Malloy, teachers

Bridgeport High School, school bus

WASHINGTON — Since the new federal education bill would end many requirements of No Child Left Behind and give states broad authority to fashion their own education policy, Connecticut’s teachers unions are pressing Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to take advantage of the new freedoms. But Malloy has not indicated whether he would do so. Continue Reading →

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CSCU President: Savings needed from faculty

Mark Ojakian, president of Connecticut State Colleges and Universities, at his first first finance committee meeting.

CSCU President Mark Ojakian pushed back Monday against faculty allegations that the college system is "under assault" by his adminstration. "We are not looking to destroy public higher education," the governor's former chief of staff said during a lengthy interview on WNPR. "We are not looking to minimize the contribution of faculty on the campuses. We have to achieve some savings, and we will look to do that together." Facing a major budget shortfall, officials of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities angered faculty when they asked unionized staff for unprecedented concessions. Continue Reading →

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Ojakian hopes to calm the storm at CSCU, yet make merger work

Mark Ojakian, president of Connecticut State Colleges and Universities, at his first first finance committee meeting.

The career public employee with a reputation for lowering the temperature in heated situations hopes that quality will help him resolve the underlying fiscal, labor and educational issues that plagued his predecessors. Continue Reading →

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Malloy pitches $350M in cuts; GOP wants mix of cuts, labor savings

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy presented legislators Thursday with almost $350 million in budget-cutting options that would fall heavily on social services, education and municipal aid, according to documents obtained by The Mirror. Meanwhile, leaders of the legislature's Republican minority offered an array of spending cuts and new restrictions on state employees' wages and benefits, all of which presumably would require negotiations with labor unions. Continue Reading →

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Malloy: Raise the age for juvenile justice system to 20

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy speaking at the UConn law school Friday.

In a major policy speech Friday at a criminal-justice symposium, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy proposed overhauling Connecticut's bail system and making the state the first in the U.S. to treat defendants as juveniles up to age 20. Both proposals could significantly lower incarceration rates. Continue Reading →

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John Esty, education reformer and father-in-law of congresswoman, dies at 87

John C. Esty Jr.

John Esty, the father of Daniel Esty and father-in-law of Congresswoman Elizabeth S. Esty, played significant roles in prying open the door to the exclusive club of elite prep schools and colleges in New England by pushing for the admission of women and minorities in the 1960s and 70s. Continue Reading →

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CSCU seeks funding to offer college degrees to inmates

A college course at York Correctional Institute.

The state's largest public college system is asking the federal government to fund degree-granting programs in nine of the state's prisons. The programs would help inmates successfully return to society and boost falling enrollment at the state's community colleges. Continue Reading →

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