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Higher ed board gives Ojakian 3-year extension as president

Board of Regents Chairman Matt Fleury and President Mark Ojakian

Mark Ojakian, who took over as the leader of the state’s largest public college system amid turmoil last year, has won something his predecessors were unable to achieve – a contract extension from the system’s governing board. The extension brings no raise in his $335,000 salary. Continue Reading →

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Troubled schools on trial: A broken formula for state aid

Hartford residents at the state Capitol join some legislators and students to call for an overhaul to how schools are funded

To fix the formula, legislators would have to decide whether there is inequity in how state aid is distributed to towns, simply a lack of money, or both. Any major change would mean huge fiscal consequences and political battles. Second of seven stories. Continue Reading →

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Troubled schools on trial: When poverty permeates the classroom

A student walks by one of the many boarded up houses in an impoverished neighborhood in Hartford on the way to school.

“The state of education in some towns is alarming,” wrote the judge presiding over a recent five-month trial on state funding of failing schools. Whether the state is doing enough to educate children in poverty was at the core of the case, which explored the struggles of students in the state’s lowest-performing schools. First of seven stories. Continue Reading →

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New data: Majority of Hartford schools still segregated; some progress made

A classroom at Hartford High School, Law and Government Academy

Twenty years after the Connecticut Supreme Court ordered the state to eliminate the inequities caused by the isolation of black and Hispanic students in its capital city, data released Thursday show that the majority of Hartford’s children still attend segregated schools – though not as many as last year. Continue Reading →

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Walker: ‘Devastating’ cuts cannot solve CT’s budget woes

Office of Fiscal Analysis Director Neil Ayers (left) and Office of Policy and Management Secretary Ben Barnes (right)

As analysts outlined a grim picture Wednesday that could include further cuts to state social services and reversing recent enhancements in local aid and transportation, one key lawmaker insisted officials must discuss raising revenue in 2017. Continue Reading →

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Feds: East Hartford schools violated rights of non-English speakers

Students are taught a lesson in a class for English Language Learners at East Hartford Middle School

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights has found that East Hartford’s public schools have been violating the rights of non-Enligsh speaking families “by unlawfully imposing barriers to enrollment and applying additional registration and enrollment criteria to students based on national origin.” Continue Reading →

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State agencies offer more painful possibilities for budget cuts

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State agencies have offered the governor’s budget office options as it prepares a 2017-18 state budget proposal. Among those just made public: Some DMV offices could close. Housing subsidies for those with AIDS could be cut. And hundreds more state jobs could be eliminated by privatizing services for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Continue Reading →

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CT joins lobbying fray over new federal education rule

A classroom at DiLoreto Magnet Elementary School in New Britain

WASHINGTON – Connecticut has joined a lobbying effort to change how federal money for schools with large populations of poor or disadvantaged students is distributed. The new regulation would bar school districts from “supplanting” the money they give to schools with poor students with federal money aimed at “supplementing” local funding. Continue Reading →

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