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Will the state seek a waiver to federal education requirements?

It is “likely, but not yet determined” that Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor will seek a waiver from federal No Child Left Behind requirements. That was the message Pryor relayed to State Board of Education members last week, despite the state having already informed the U.S. Department of Education they do intend to apply and Gov. […]

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“Right-sizing” nursing homes

State officials are developing a plan to dramatically reshape the state’s long-term care system, just as demand for it is expected to skyrocket. The effort — referred to as “right-sizing” the system — is aimed at allowing more seniors and people with disabilities to live in community settings rather than institutions. If it goes as […]

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Number of state employees suspected of Irene fraud reaches 34

Brushing off a lawyer’s complaints and media questions, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy pushed ahead Thursday with the pursuit of state employees suspected of fraudulently obtaining disaster aid, announcing that 10 more state workers have been referred for disciplinary hearings. The number of state employees now facing discipline that could include termination has risen to 34. […]

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Heat ‘Affordability Gap’ Leaves Thousands of Families in the Cold

While state officials struggle to fund winter heating assistance, the gap between what Connecticut’s poorest families need to heat their homes, and what they can actually afford, continues to grow, a new study reported Thursday. Operation Fuel, a private, nonprofit agency that expects to help more than 7,000 households keep warm this winter, reported that […]

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Third time is no charm in bid for Race to the Top money

Connecticut officials were informed Thursday that their third application for federal Race to the Top funds has been rejected. “We are bummed,” said Liz Donohue, the administration’s point person for the application. “We are not among the finalists.” The Malloy administration had hoped to land $50 million to implement a variety of initiatives to try […]