The General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to confirm the nominations by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy of two justices to the state Supreme Court and one judge to the Appellate Court.
The path to becoming a U.S. attorney or federal judge is found on no map. It is defined in no political text. It is determined by custom, political and professional networks, and, ultimately, a measure of luck. Such is the story of John H. Durham’s selection Wednesday by President Trump as the next U.S. attorney of Connecticut.
October was domestic violence awareness and prevention month across the country and here in Greenwich. Domestic violence occurs when one partner intimidates, manipulates or threatens the other in order to establish dominance. While most people think only of physical abuse when they consider domestic violence, financial abuse is largely overlooked in the dialogue about domestic violence. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, financial abuse is experienced by 94 to 99 percent of domestic violence survivors and occurs across all socio-economic, educational, racial and ethnic groups. Yet, according to the Allstate Foundation, 78 percent of Americans have not heard of financial abuse as a dimension of domestic violence.
I teach at Bulkeley High School in Hartford and so often I find students who lack even the most basic digital literacy skills. Asking students to log into an online platform will take 15 minutes. Organizing documents in Google Drive will take even longer. These are the basic skills which a governmental commission has frequently reiterated from the year 2005 to the present. If this objective has stood for 12 years –the standard measure of time for a student to be enrolled in K to 12 education –– why is it that my students are still coming to me without even the most basic skills in digital literacy?