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Congress’ approval of education bill allows CT to overhaul K-12 system

Washington — The Senate voted overwhelmingly to repeal the controversial No Child Left Behind and sent President Obama a bill that will eliminate most federal mandates and give states like Connecticut broad authority to change their K-12 education systems. Continue Reading →

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U.S. education bill may spell new clash between Malloy, teachers

WASHINGTON — Since the new federal education bill would end many requirements of No Child Left Behind and give states broad authority to fashion their own education policy, Connecticut’s teachers unions are pressing Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to take advantage of the new freedoms. But Malloy has not indicated whether he would do so. Continue Reading →

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Paris attacks, Syrian refugee policy dominate Congress

House and Senate negotiators did manage to finish work on an education bill that will take the place of the “No Child Left Behind Act,” but the week in Washington was dominated by the Paris attacks and debate in Congress and across the country over Syrian refugee policy. Continue Reading →

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U.S. Senate votes to leave many education reforms to the states

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate Thursday approved a sweeping overhaul of federal education law that would leave up to Connecticut and other states whether to continue with education reforms including the controversial Common Core standards and linking teacher evaluations to student test scores. Continue Reading →

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Murphy hopes to amend education bill to address civil rights concerns

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chris Murphy hopes to amend a new federal education bill so that problem schools and under-performing students could be more clearly identified — and given the help they need. The new bill before the Senate would replace the controversial No Child Left Behind Act. Continue Reading →

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CT lawmakers join other Dems in opposing House education bill

WASHINGTON — A bill that would overhaul federal education law and replace the controversial No Child Left Behind Act was approved in the House of Representatives Thursday without a single Democratic vote. Rep Elizabeth Esty said the bill “guts education funding…and turns our back on our schools, our communities, and our children.” Continue Reading →

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Achievement gap an issue as Congress considers new ed bill

WASHINGTON – Connecticut elementary students have among the highest reading and math scores in the nation, but a stubborn achievement gap persists between the state’s highest- and lowest-performing schools, said a White House report issued Monday. Continue Reading →

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Evaluation — a dirty word to Connecticut teachers?

The state panel that developed Connecticut’s teacher evaluation system three years ago met Wednesday to find ways to instill confidence in its utility among the state’s teachers. The mission: ensure it is used to improve the profession and learning among students. Continue Reading →

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Op-Ed: One educator’s prescription for renewal of No Child Left Behind Act

The No Child Left Behind Act is up for renewal. Most famous was its promise of having all U.S. students proficient in reading and math by 2014. That was the year the U.S. would again be number one in education; that year has come and gone. Here is my wish list for the No Child Left Behind reauthorization. Continue Reading →

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Op-Ed: Parent explains why she can’t allow her children to take the SBAC test

After doing her own research for months, a Fairfield parent explains why she has no confidence in the state’s use of the SBAC test or that student privacy is adequately protected in the use of the test data. She has elected for her children not to take the test. Continue Reading →

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Op-Ed: Connecticut education needs clearer vision, better objectives

The opportunity for Connecticut to establish a dynamic vision for its 21st Century public schools is here. In this commentary, a dozen Connecticut superintendents of schools lay out their ideas on how to find a new and better direction for the advancement of the state’s public schools. Continue Reading →

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