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Posted inEducation

Excused absences defined (and Disneyland didn’t make the cut)

The State Board of Education Wednesday adopted a statewide standard of when a student’s absences from school can be considered “excused,” and when districts will be required to step in and do something about habitual absenteeism. Dozens of schools throughout the state have dismal attendance rates. Teachers at Bulkeley High School in Hartford can expect one […]

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Adamowski named special master for New London schools

Windham Special Master Steven Adamowski and New London Superintendent Nicholas Fischer await the education board's vote. Steven Adamowski was named the “special master” for New London Wednesday by the state’s education commissioner. “Steve has exhibited all of the qualities … that we need,” Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor told the State Board of Education Wednesday. “He […]

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Hartford Wins $10 Million for Smart Growth

A federal grant of $10 million is set to help Hartford become a city of bikers, walkers, and public transportation users instead of drivers. The grant, announced last week, is part of the TIGER program begun by the U.S. Department of Transportation in 2009. Several dozen cities and towns across the country, out of hundreds […]

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Nappier tempers public debate with Malloy over higher education financing

State Treasurer Denise L. Nappier Wednesday curbed her public debate with fellow Democrat Gov. Dannel P. Malloy over a controversial approach to financing projects at the University of Connecticut. But the treasurer also remains concerned that expanding a quasi-public entity’s power to finance projects at UConn could cost millions of extra dollars down the road. […]