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Connecticut has baby bust, slow growth and aging population

Baby being weighed

WASHINGTON — Connecticut women are having fewer children than those in most other states, its population continues to age and growth is lagging. The census bureau said that in 2015 Connecticut women ranked 49th among the states as far fertility. The census also determined that Connecticut is one of the slowest-growing states. Continue Reading →

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CCJEF attorneys ask high court to reject AG appeal, for now

Herbert C. Rosenthal, president of the coalition that brought the suit, called the decision  "a landmark victory."

The coalition of education reformers who won a suit striking down Connecticut’s school funding formula as unconstitutional on Monday asked the state Supreme Court to deny the attorney general’s request for an expedited appeal of the case. Continue Reading →

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Jepsen files appeal, says Moukawsher school ruling ‘legally unsupported’

Attorney General George Jepsen and his deputy, Perry Zinn-Rowthorn.

Attorney General George Jepsen’s office filed an appeal Thursday asking the Connecticut Supreme Court to conclude that a trial judge embarked on “an uncharted and legally unsupported path” last week in asserting authority over how the state distributes education aid and sets standards for graduating from high school, serving special-needs students and evaluating teachers. Continue Reading →

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Malloy, a plaintiff and then a defendant, hedges on school appeal

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says the CCJEF appeal decision belongs to the attorney general.

NEW HAVEN — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Tuesday he agreed with the “core” of Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher’s finding last week that Connecticut’s distribution of education aid was so irrational as to be unconstitutional, but the ruling raises so many legal and practical complexities that he will defer a decision on an appeal to Attorney General George Jepsen. Continue Reading →

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Municipalities say CT’s property tax system is unsustainable

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Just days after a landmark state court ruling found Connecticut’s education funding system to be “irrational and unconstitutional,” the chief lobbying group for cities and towns issued a new research paper calling the municipal property tax system “unsustainable.” Continue Reading →

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Judge strikes down state education aid choices as ‘irrational’

Herbert C. Rosenthal, president of the coalition that brought the suit, called the decision  "a landmark victory."

In a broad indictment of how Connecticut supports its poorest schools, Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher ruled Wednesday that the state’s method for distributing education aid is irrational and unconstitutional, while declining to second-guess the General Assembly on the ultimate level of state spending. Continue Reading →

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Malloy celebrates a DCF milestone, undeterred by other setbacks

DCF Commissioner Joette Katz and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

MIDDLETOWN — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy delivered a vote of confidence Tuesday to Joette Katz, his only commissioner of children and families. Five days after the suspension of two DCF workers, Malloy joined Katz to celebrate a record in placing at-risk children with family members, instead of foster homes. Continue Reading →

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