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Malloy: Increase charter school, cut neighborhood school funding

Jumoke Academy charter school students work on an assignment while Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman watch in the back.

Charter schools have escaped Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget axe and are slated for a $9.3 million boost in his proposed state budget. But the Democratic governor wants a $52.9 million cut on funding for special education, after-school programs, reading tutors and other services in low-performing public schools across the state. Continue Reading →

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Could Malloy’s push to fund charter schools jeopardize budget approval?

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s insistence on increasing funding for charter schools has more than a dozen Democratic legislators questioning whether they can support the next state budget if it means their neighborhood public schools are flat-funded or cut. Continue Reading →

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The charter debate: More schools, transparency and oversight?

Parents hoping to get their children into a charter school traveled to Hartford last week. Pictured are parents from Stamford Nefretiria Gross (Left) and Dorothy St-Louis with her son.

Legislators are grappling with whether to fund new charter schools in Bridgeport and Stamford, put a moratorium on new charters while existing schools are assessed, or demand more transparency and oversight in the wake of financial and management failures at a charter school in Hartford. Continue Reading →

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Applause, and skepticism, for Malloy’s ‘second-chance society’

From left, Iran Nazario, Dennis Murphy, Mayor Pedro Segarra and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

James Rovella was a Hartford homicide cop in the early 1990s, when Iran Nazario ran with Los Solidos, a gang quick to defend its drug turf with drive-by shootings. Rovella left the streets for management, eventually becoming chief. Nazario went to prison. On Wednesday, they shared the same table, listening to a governor talk about second chances. Continue Reading →

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