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CT Vo-tech school cuts were not the first

Just an addition to Jacqueline Rabe Thomas’ Dec. 2 piece about cuts to programs in the Connecticut Technical High School System: More than our sports programs have been threatened in recent years. Let’s not forget that in 2011, the CTHSS laid off all music teachers, art teachers, and deans of students. Our positions were reinstated shortly before the 2011 school year started, and thankfully most of us returned to teach that year.

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Will Connecticut follow Massachusetts on Common Core?

Massachusetts, one of the leading states on education reform in the nation, in a monumental decision has abandoned Common Core testing. The Massachusetts Commissioner of Education, Michael Chester, in a stunning reversal, has walked away from the very test he helped to create. Now it remains to be seen if other states in the nation, including Connecticut, will follow Massachusetts, a state that is considered to be “the gold standard” in successful education reform.