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SBAC: Failing most Connecticut children in more ways than one

The Connecticut SBAC scores will be released by the State Department of Education any day now. The scores will be low. You will be told that the low scores are because the SBAC tests are rigorous and our students don’t measure up. Don’t believe it. … It is our job as citizens and parents to tell students the truth about SBAC. It is our job as educators to keep teaching and assessing students in real and honest ways. Otherwise, we adults are the failures.

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Forget mileage taxes; claw back diverted transportation funds

Television and published reports have recently covered the talks going on in Hartford about ways to fund Gov. Dannel Malloy’s $100 billion, 30-year transportation infrastructure plan. These include discussion of a plan to tax motorists according to the number of miles they drive. Before this plan is even considered, I have a radical idea: tally up every nickel that has been diverted from the Transportation Fund over the past 20 years — by BOTH PARTIES — along with what social programs or agencies were the recipient of those diverted funds. Then, every nickel of those diverted funds should be clawed back from their budgets and re-deposited into the Transportation Fund and used for the intended purpose of transportation infrastructure maintenance.

Posted inHealth

The next big push: Getting people health care, not just insurance

Since the federal health law’s major provisions rolled out last year, much of the attention has been on getting people signed up for coverage. But increasingly, the focus is turning to what comes next: making sure those who gained coverage use it to improve their health, and ensuring that the health care system adapts to meet their needs. First story in an occasional series on major issues facing health care.