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Student suspensions can add to a downward spiral, data suggest

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Students need to be at school to learn, but new state data show that many children expelled or suspended because they act out are among those likely to miss the most school and perform less well academically. “”Suspensions and expulsions may exacerbate academic deterioration,” reads a presentation prepared for the State Board of Education. Continue Reading →

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Schools redirecting money intended for reforms, officials say

A public high school in Bridgeport

A considerable amount of the $132.9 million the state provided the lowest-performing districts to pay for improvements like extending the school day or offering free preschool was  “inappropriately” used last year to close budget deficits districts were facing, state education leaders said Wednesday. Continue Reading →

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Defining education — Does it include preschool?

A preschool classroom in Bridgeport

There’s agreement that too few children in Connecticut have access to quality preschool programs, but top state officials are butting heads with a coalition of parents and educators on how to put a near-universal system in place. Attorney General George Jepsen argues that whether the state pays for universal preschool is an issue that should remain with lawmakers. His office is defending the State Department of Education and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in a school-funding lawsuit brought by a coalition of parents, school boards, municipal leaders and teachers’ unions. The coalition worries that lawmakers will continue to look at the budgets for early education programs as places to find money when times are tight. A Jan. Continue Reading →

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Help wanted: CT commissioner with education background

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 →

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