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Op-Ed: Yes, you CAN opt your kids out of Connecticut SBAC testing this spring!

This post is not specially written to address Common Core itself, but rather to remind all parents concerned about the data and privacy issues and content of standardized testing, that they have the right to opt their kids out of the SBAC testing --regardless of what they are told by their child’s school. Continue Reading →

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Op-Ed: Preserve the citizen’s voice in Connecticut mental health policy

Cutting state funding to Connecticut's five regional mental health boards is a little like deciding to drive without dashboard warning lights and gauges. Things will go fine for a while, then, when trouble goes unnoticed, serious harm can result. Continue Reading →

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Op-Ed: Building relationships, community, reduces Bridgeport crime

The City of Bridgeport is in the midst of a dramatic reduction in violent crime – the largest drop over the past decade for a city our size in all of New England. And the Police Department is preparing to announce 2014 crime statistics that will reflect yet another significant decrease in crime in our city. Yet the fact that Bridgeport is now safer than it has been in 40 years is only the beginning of the conversation. This reduction in violence – and in crime in general – speaks to the continual hard work of the men and women of this police department and our city as a whole. In Bridgeport, we’re taking a multi-pronged approach to cracking down on crime – and it’s working. There are several reasons for this, but I’ll name a few. Continue Reading →

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Op-Ed: SBAC test is part of corporate plan to discredit Connecticut public schools

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium test is part a profit-motivated scheme to undermine public education and advance unregulated for-profit schools. The state should not make it so difficult for parents to opt out of this testing program. Continue Reading →

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Op-Ed: Use of data can help families benefit from public transit expansion

In order for our region to take full advantage of CTfastrak, the New Britain to Hartford busway, the needs of the residents living in the vicinity of the new transit lines must be taken into consideration. This should include children and families, who are not traditionally the primary part of transit studies. Continue Reading →

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Op-Ed: Connecticut’s hybrid road salts are effective, but consider the long-term effects

While I applaud the efforts of the Connecticut DOT to eliminate ice on our roads, we should weigh the long term effects on our vehicles and the environmental impact of doing so. While "old fashion" sand and salt may not be as effective in melting ice as the hybrid mixes, they clearly aren't as destructive to our environment and vehicles. Continue Reading →

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