ConnCAN, the education reform group that often bumps heads with teachers’ unions, has created a data base of teachers’ contracts that it says will provide unprecedented ability for administrators, parents and others to see how local contracts stack up. “We know that many, many teachers work much longer days than what is required in their […]
The federal government’s investigative arm has found that charter schools in Connecticut and 27 other states enroll fewer students with disabilities than public schools. In Connecticut, the difference is 3 percent. In a letter released with the report, U.S. Department of Education officials said they will be issuing guidance to charter schools on their obligation […]
America’s largest business coalition has graded each state’s public college system, and Connecticut’s two-year colleges have been given a C and four-year colleges a B in meeting the labor market demand. “The state’s performance at the two-year level is particularly poor,” the report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce reads, pointing out low graduation rates […]
Department of Social Services Commissioner Roderick Bremby said eligible low-income people may be losing their Medicaid health benefits every month. The department is facing a huge backload of paperwork, the result in part of an antiquated computer system, fewer employees and an ever-higher caseload. “We are concerned,” he said during an interview at the state […]
Washington — Hartford-based Aetna insurance has come under scrutiny by an ethics watchdog in Washington for giving more than $7 million to groups that plan to blitz the airwaves this year with attack ads targeting Democrats. In a filing with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, Aetna unwittingly disclosed it gave more than $3.3 million […]
Washington — Hundreds of AARP leaders, including a group from Connecticut, hit Capitol Hill Wednesday to make sure lawmakers know how older Americans feel about proposed changes to Medicare and Social Security — and to remind them of the political clout of seniors. The AARP has recently surveyed its members to gauge support of a […]
With the U.S. Supreme Court to rule this week or next on national health care reform, Connecticut officials are holding their collective breath, waiting to see if they must choose between cutting health care benefits for the poor and spending more state money to replace the hundreds of millions in federal dollars that will vanish.