Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

Jacqueline won two first prizes from the national Education Writers Association for her work in 2012 – one in beat reporting for her overall education coverage, and the other, with Keith Phaneuf, in investigative reporting on a series of stories revealing questionable monetary and personnel actions taken by the Board of Regents for Higher Education. Before coming to The Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.'s Maryland newspaper chains. She has also worked for Congressional Quarterly and the Toledo Free Press. A graduate of Bowling Green State University, Jacqueline is in the public policy master’s program at Trinity College. E-mail her at jrabe@ctmirror.org.

Recent Posts

26 nonprofits told to stop providing services as other cuts loom

The state spends about $1.4 billion each year paying private organizations to provide various services to vulnerable state residents. Many of those services are threatened as the state starts a new fiscal year without an approved budget. And several nonprofit providers have warned they will be able to withstand a budget stalemate only so long. Continue Reading →

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Irene Kish: She’s mother to 105 children

Already the parents of three adopted children, Irene Kish and her husband decided to become foster parents after reading a story in a local newspaper about homeless children living under a bridge near her home. Twenty-two years later, she has taken in 105 children in crisis to live with her family. Most have severe mental health or medical conditions. In this week’s Sunday conversation, she tells her story. Continue Reading →

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Education reform: Feds find Connecticut’s plans lacking

Reviewers at the federal education department found the way Connecticut measures the performance of its public schools lacking and its plans to begin tracking the achievement of English learners vague. State officials must now decide whether they want to revise or defend Connecticut’s plan for complying with federal law before U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos officially considers whether to approve or reject it. Continue Reading →

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Judge: Magnet schools cannot be made more segregated

Filling empty seats with more black and Hispanic students from Hartford, a Superior Court judge ruled Friday, would erode the Connecticut Supreme Court’s landmark Sheff v. O’Neill desegregation decision, issued nearly 21 years ago, which found Hartford students “suffer daily” from the inequities caused by severe racial isolation. Continue Reading →

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Education Commissioner Wentzell: ‘Our English learners need more support’

“The efforts around English learners are one of our most important priorities,” says state education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell said. “… Our English learners need more support than they are currently getting, and we know that because of our data.” The Mirror sat down recently with Wentzell to speak about the state’s approach to providing that support. Continue Reading →

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