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Mark Ojakian, president of the financially-troubled Connecticut State Colleges and University system, said Thursday he is embarking on a deep analysis of various tuition scenarios, including some free college models, to be weighed by the Board of Regents for Higher Education.
Donald E. Williams Jr., the former Senate president pro tem and current executive director of the Connecticut Education Association, was hospitalized over the weekend after a serious car accident, the union announced Tuesday.
Vanessa Dorantes joined the Department of Children and Families nearly 27 years ago, one of the scores of social workers hired to bolster an understaffed DCF at the insistence of a federal court monitor. On Monday, she was nominated to lead that agency, which remains under the consent order that led to her hiring in 1992.
His first day on the job in January 2011, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy went before the General Assembly to declare that the state was facing an economic and employment crisis, created in part by "a lack of educational resources." He then spent the next eight years of his tenure in what he recently described as "pitched battles" with "weak-kneed" Democrats over various education reforms he believed were long overdue.
The leadership of the legislature's Education Committee will be almost completely new this session, but the many of the committee's perennial issues -- education funding and the state's achievement gap -- are likely to continue to be center stage.
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Over the last few years, our politics have become polarized in a way that I’ve never seen and never would have expected. Civility, kind gestures or words seem to be in short supply. Too many people in our country have developed an “us against them” mentality and believe that our government institutions no longer work for them.