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Posted inHealth, Politics

Malloy skeptical on assisted-suicide bill

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy expressed his strongest doubts to date about pending legislation that would allow physicians under certain circumstances to prescribe, but not administer, lethal drugs to the terminally ill. “I don’t think in society we should be viewed as encouraging suicide,” Malloy told reporters Friday. “I would have to understand what the safeguards […]

Posted inMoney

Report: Unemployment, jobs in CT dipped in January

The Connecticut Department of Labor issued a mixed labor analysis Friday, revising upwards the number of jobs created in 2013, while reporting that employment declined in January, even as the unemployment rate fell for a sixth consecutive month to 7.2 percent. Non-farm employment dropped 10,400 positions in January after hitting a post-recession high of 1,663,500 jobs in December, a fall partly blamed on the recent cold and snowy weather.

Posted inNews

CT educators: Student group packages available for “Small State, Big Debate”

As part of The Connecticut Mirror’s first signature event, “Small State, Big Debate: Inequality,” we have put together two student group packages for the day at the University of Hartford on April 29. If you are an educator, administrator or just a generous individual, please find the early bird packages here. The day includes a continental breakfast, lunch, admission and a number of panels and speakers that will dissect equity issues in the state, region and country.

Posted inCT Viewpoints

Op-ed: Common Core — an unproven ‘reform’ movement

I would strongly recommend that the legislators eliminate the Common Core State Standards and rescind any laws that promote “one-size-fits-all” curricula, high stakes testing, unprotected data storage and a regressive teacher evaluation process. In my opinion, the current “reform” initiative threatens all that is good in educational practice these days while only offering unfounded promises that its “reforms” will make any real difference in solving the politically untenable problem of poverty and inequitable educational opportunity in our society.