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On Feb. 5, the Bridgeport Board of Education held a Special Meeting to discuss, and possibly act on a series of Community Conversations related to Bridgeport Public Schoolsâ€™ projected 2019-2020 budgetary shortfall, currently anticipated to be in the order of magnitude of $21 million.Â In the end, a vote was taken to cancel the remaining […]
Nurse practitioners are part of the solution to the primary care shortage in Connecticut and across the nation, working within, and leading healthcare teams to keep Americans healthy.
Connecticut is preparing to go big on offshore wind â€“ or maybe not-so-big. Recently, the Energy and Technology Committee agreed to hear testimony on a bill that would require Connecticut to procure at least 2,000 megawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030. At a Chamber of Commerce breakfast in New London this week, a room full of regional business leaders applauded when State Sen. Paul Formica, the committeeâ€™s ranking Republican, announced the move.
The state legislature in Hartford has begun a new session with yet more gun control legislation at the top of their "to-do" list. Never mind that Connecticut is near the top of the list with 89 gun-related laws already on the books. Every time something bad happens, the knee-jerk reaction from certain legislators is to pass yet one more law so that "this will never happen again." This is a totally unrealistic approach to anything, as a perfect world filled with rainbows, lollipops and unicorns cannot be achieved through legislation.
State Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell will stay in her post on an interim basis until her replacement is selected under a decision made this week by the ConnecticutÂ Board of Education.
Staffing shortages have been cited repeatedly by the state DepartmentÂ of Education when asked by legislators, oversight board, or advocates to address problems or provide assistance. It's a problem shared by other state agencies -- or soon will be as budgetary forces place increasing strain on the state's workforce.
While the University of Connecticut's oft-touted U.S. News & World Report rankings have improved in recent years â€“ its ratings that focus onÂ research have slipped. This month, they slipped further.
First the good news: hundreds more minorities have become teachers over the last 10 years following severalÂ changes that made it easier to become an educator in Connecticut. Now the bad news. The growth hasn't kept pace with the influx of Hispanic and Latino students entering public schools and those students are now less likely to have a teacher that looks like them, a review of state data by CT Mirror has found.