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Train safety, gun checks, Medicare premiums among issues affecting Connecticut

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Congress delayed for years the deadline for implementing a train safety system and passed a two-year budget that will help Connecticut defense contractors and Medicare recipients. Connecticut students received a mixed report card from the U.S. Department of Education, and whether Pratt & Whitney won a big engine contract remained a military secret. Continue Reading →

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Special Report: Education, Diversity and Change in Fairfield County

Hazel does her homework.

Fairfield County, a region marked by sharp disparities in income and in urban and suburban life, faces particular challenges in assuring all its residents a quality education. Today, a special report, “Education, Diversity and Change in Fairfield County,” explores the issue through in-­depth policy reporting, interactive maps and charts, photo galleries and opinion pieces written by teachers from the Connecticut Writing Project at Fairfield University. Continue Reading →

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State wants to rate schools on more than just test scores

State Department of Education officials said Wednesday they plan to seek federal approval to grade the state’s 1,150 public schools using more than just test scores. The state agency wants to use student attendance rates as a criteria in the required school ratings in its next application for a waiver from the punitive requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act. The department wants to take into account whether a school’s chronic absenteeism rates are declining or increasing from year to year. The state currently rates elementary and middle schools using only the scores on state standardized tests and whether they improve from year to year. High school ratings recently began using graduation rates. Continue Reading →

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Connecticut advocates lobby Congress to tackle sexual crimes on campus

UConn students  rallied around students last fall who alleged the university mishandled their complaints of being sexually assaulted.

WASHINGTON – Should the University of Connecticut and other colleges in the state and across the nation be forced to report all incidents of sexual assaults on their campuses to law enforcement authorities? That’s one of the questions under debate as Congress tackles the thorny issue of sexual violence in the nation’s schools. Continue Reading →

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