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Posted inCT Viewpoints

Education funding equity must start at the early grades

As Connecticut awaits the decision by Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher on the educational equity funding lawsuit, let’s not forget that many of the children in Connecticut’s low-income school districts are starting school (that is, kindergarten) way behind in terms of the knowledge, skills and behaviors needed for elementary school and later academic success. Many are also behind in third grade reading and eighth grade math. And too many do not graduate. We have known that for years. If the goal is high school graduation and readiness for work and citizenship, trying to remediate students or the schools in our low-income districts at the end of this trajectory is way too late.

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Connecticut squandering decades of tourism investment

Long before Dannel P. Malloy became governor of Connecticut and invigorated statewide tourism efforts with $15 million in his first budget, the legislature established regional tourism districts. Through budget cut after budget cut and multiple consolidations, these districts have consistently and effectively promoted tourism in Connecticut in ways that the State Office of Tourism does not and cannot.

Posted inNews

Last hope for a shoreline landmark

Seaside in Waterford is one of the last great buildings designed by renowned architect Cass Gilbert, famous for the Woolworth Building, the U.S. Supreme Court and New Haven’s Union Station. Built by the sea as a tuberculosis sanitarium and later used as a facility for the intellectually disabled, the grand building is a deteriorating derelict after years of state indecision. Now the state is down to its last chance to save it.