WASHINGTON – Gov. Dannel Malloy said he’d participate in President Obama’s plan to provide free tuition to community college students, but he’d find it tough to fund the program, given Connecticut's tight budget and spending cap.
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The panel searching for the state’s next education commissioner wants someone who has a long background and an advanced degree in education – qualifications the last commissioner did not have and which one of the state’s teachers’ unions called for during the campaign. Continue Reading →
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy unveiled more than $31.5 million in spending cuts Friday in his second round of emergency budget reductions, with social services, public colleges and universities and state court system again taking the heaviest hits. A shortfall of at least $89 million remains to be addressed. Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON – Not long ago he Anthony Mendez lived with his family in an homeless shelter, now he will sit with First Lady Michelle Obama her husband’s State of the Union speech to the nation Tuesday night, Mendez, a University of Hartford freshman, was invited by the First Lady because he overcame serious challenges to become the first high school graduate in his family.
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WASHINGTON – President Obama is expected to roll out an ambitious agenda in his State of the Union speech that could increase the distance between the White House and Republicans in Congress. Connecticut’s lawmakers, however, will use the occasion to show support for that agenda – and promote their own. Continue Reading →
Connecticut began the year with a drop in arrests and the lowest number of prison inmates since John G. Rowland celebrated his second New Year's Day as governor on Jan. 1, 1997. The encouraging statistics come at a time when Gov. Dannel Malloy signals he intends to spend time and political capital on new criminal-justice policy. Continue Reading →
First the good news: A higher rate of 3- and 4-year-olds in Connecticut were enrolled in preschool than in any other state between 2011 and 2013. Now the bad news: Connecticut has the largest achievement gap in math and nearly the worst gap in reading between students from low-income families and their peers. Continue Reading →
When state legislators placed a moratorium on building new magnet schools outside the capital region five years ago, they wanted to know if these schools were worth the large investment before boosting enrollment further. So they ordered the state education commissioner to assess magnet school performance and submit a plan for their future. That plan is now four years late, magnet schools approved before the moratorium will probably be full by the start of the next school year, research is incomplete on their impact and many legislators are reluctant to open new schools. Continue Reading →