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For dyslexia, politics takes the day off in Hartford

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy with Sen. Cathy Osten, back to camera, and Allison Quirion, the founder of the Connecticut chapter of the advocacy group, Decoding Dyslexia.

The softer side of Connecticut politics was on display Monday in Hartford as Sen. Cathy Osten, D-Sprague, called Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano, R-North Haven, an ally and friend, and Fasano praised Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy as a role model. Their common ground was bipartisan efforts to address learning dyslexia. Continue Reading →

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Closing CT’s juvenile jail: Alternatives in Hamden, Stratford floated

The Connecticut Juvenile Training School in Middletown

The Department of Children and Families plan to close its controversial jail in Middletown relies on shrinking the pipeline of youths who need to be locked up – and opening a smaller, more therapeutic program, potentially in Hamden or Stratford for youth who still require a secure placement. Continue Reading →

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Steep tuition hike pitched for many community college students

Norwalk Community College

Updated at 7:13 p.m.
Tuition and fees would increase next semester for community college students who take more than 12 credit hours, and the regional Connecticut state universities would stop offering students health insurance under two proposals to balance a difficult budget for the state college system. Continue Reading →

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House leader ‘outraged’ by proposal to close 2 vo-tech schools


Updated at 2:57 p.m.
Calling it “short-sighted and irresponsible” to close at least two of the state’s vocational-technical high schools if state funding is cut, the majority leader of the state House of Representatives is calling on the governor’s office to reject a proposal made by his State Board of Education. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said the proposal is very preliminary and challenged legislators to find alternatives. Continue Reading →

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State watchdog: Infant’s neglect suggests systemic failure at DCF


Doctors determined that an infant placed by the Department of Children and Families with relatives had been malnourished for months, had weeks-old breaks in bones in both arms, a brain bleed and numerous other injuries. A state watchdog report released Tuesday called the case an “utter collapse of all safeguards,” while DCF says it was an outlier.
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Average cost of child care in CT as much as in-state tuition

School for young child in West Hartford

WASHINGTON — Child care in Connecticut is of good quality and widely available, but it can easily cost more than in-state college tuition. A report released this week by Washington, D.C., think tank New America, determined the average cost of in-home, or “nanny care” in Connecticut was $31,162 a year and the average cost of a day care center was $11,456 per child per year. Continue Reading →

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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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