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Malloy names Donofrio next chairman for state’s largest college system

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Thursday named Nicholas M. Donofrio to lead the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities governing board, the state’s largest public college system.

The previous chairman of the 92,000-student system, Lewis J. Robinson, stepped down after being asked to do so in August by the governor’s office. The request was made after a of missteps that beset the system during Robinson’s tenure.

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More parents want their children to skip CT standardized tests

The State Department of Education reports that a “greater number of parents [are] desiring to remove their children from participation in the statewide testing program.” In previous years only a handful of parents statewide sought an exemption from the state and federal requirements that every student be tested in math, reading and writing in Grades […]

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Feds to investigate UConn’s handling of sexual assault reports

A federal agency will investigate whether the University of Connecticut responded appropriately when students reported they were sexually assaulted or harassed. A group of UConn students have said that university officials showed them “deliberate indifference” when they reported they’d been assaulted or harassed. The decision to investigate by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights follows the office’s finding that the complaint is appropriate for an investigation.

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New higher ed chairman wants to reduce public colleges’ autonomy

If the new chairman of the legislature’s Higher Education Committee gets his way, the independence that the state’s public colleges have enjoyed for years will be reined in more under lawmakers control. “I have a simple philosophy: over the years the legislature has ceded too much autonomy to the universities,” Sen. Steve Cassano, D-Manchester, said in a news release announcing his appointment this week.

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‘Reduced resources’ for UConn sports

The sports teams at the University of Connecticut are facing fiscal challenges, the president’s athletics advisory committee wrote in its annual report to school President Susan Herbst. “The fiscal impact that the University faces is also mirrored in the [athletics] Division. As with all areas of the university, there are required elements that need to be addressed even in difficult fiscal periods and the challenge is to meet them with reduced resources,” reads the report from the President’s Athletic Advisory Committee.

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Trial guaranteed on CT school funding and reforms

A Superior Court judge Thursday rejected the state’s request to throw out a lawsuit charging that Connecticut has failed to provide enough money to its poorest school districts. The decision comes eight years after a group of mayors and teachers’ unions across the state filed the lawsuit alleging chronic underfunding of education and nearly three […]

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College system chief to release officials’ raises

After denying The Mirror’s requests for a list of salaries of the top university officials slated for raises this month, the president of the Board of Regents for Higher Education said Wednesday he’d release the information. “My fear is it’s getting out of hand,” President Gregory Gray said Wednesday. Two leaders of the legislature’s Higher […]

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Federal audit: Background checks of foster families ‘inadequate’

A federal audit of the state’s child welfare agency has found that nearly 3,000 high needs children may have been put at risk, as the Connecticut Department of Children and Families couldn’t prove it conducted background checks on the majority of foster and adoptive families where children were sent to live. The audit — which […]

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Nearly half the students from Hartford now attend integrated schools

Nearly half of the students from Hartford now attend integrated schools, the state reports — 17 years after the Connecticut Supreme Court ordered the state to eliminate the educational inequities caused by the segregation of Hartford’s overwhelmingly black and Hispanic school population. “We are proud of the progress we’ve made to date,” said Kelly Donnelly, […]