Pay for charter school leaders fuels funding debate

Achievement First charter school in Hartford

Compensation for leaders of the state’s largest network of charter schools, Achievement First, has increased by $100,000 since 2009 – and now rivals the pay of superintendents in the state’s wealthiest or largest districts. The Connecticut Education Association, the state’s largest teachers’ union and a fierce opponent of the growth of privately operated charter schools, made an issue of pay for top charter school officials Thursday. Continue Reading →

Murphy questions Tillerson on Russian dossier, says nomination in trouble

Secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson answers questions during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chris Murphy, who says the nomination is in trouble, on Wednesday questioned Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump’s pick to head the State Department, about a dossier of unverified allegations that Russian operatives have been helping the president-elect for years and have compromising information about him. “The report is as earth-shattering as it is thinly sourced,” Murphy said. “We all pray it is untrue.” Continue Reading →