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A last try: Lawyers ask Supreme Court to reconsider school ruling

Lawyers representing the coalition of parents, teachers and locally elected officials suing the state argue that the trial provided abundant examples of deficiencies in school districts. The coalition also asks the court to reconsider its conclusion that the state is not constitutionally responsible for paying to help students overcome societal deficiencies, such as poverty and other issues at home. Continue Reading →

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Wall Street firm: CT schools ruling helps state, hurts cities

A major Wall Street rating agency said the recent Connecticut Supreme Court ruling that the state provides at least a minimally adequate education in all school districts is a “credit positive” for state government, but a “negative” for its largest cities. Continue Reading →

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With no court mandate, what’s next for school funding?

When Connecticut legislators last fall voted to phase-in changes in how the state funds public schools so more aid gets to the neediest districts, many touted it as the right thing to do. In the wake of a state Supreme Court decision this week, however, that bipartisan dedication to a new education funding formula – which also promised to boost state aid by $380 million over the next 10 years – may soon start to fray. Continue Reading →

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Supreme Court rules education in poor communities meets constitutional standard

In a split decision that probably brings to a close a 12-year legal saga, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the state is providing students in the state’s most impoverished school districts with the minimally adequate education the constitution mandates. Continue Reading →

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Pressing question for CT: A state tax break for private school tuition?

The federal tax overhaul may have triggered an automatic state tax break that would allow parents to avoid paying state taxes on some of the money they put aside to send their children to private K-12 schools. Forces already are lining up to back or resist a change. Continue Reading →

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Expelled students can no longer be sent home with homework and no plan

State law requires local education officials to provide expelled students with an “alternative educational opportunity during the period of expulsion,” but has been silent on what the quality of that education must be. This week, school districts were given standards for the programs they must offer students. Continue Reading →

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Top state education officials say there is nowhere left to cut

Top state education officials said they have concluded that cuts would place the state in danger of violating federal laws, including those governing the education of students with disabilities. State aid to local districts already has been cut enough, they said. But the state is anticipating large budget deficits, and the administration would not commit to protecting education from reductions. Continue Reading →

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His Connecticut education improvement plan: ‘Look to Massachusetts’

Mark McQuillan says he knows what Connecticut needs to change if it is to improve the education provided to students from impoverished homes: Look to Massachusetts. The former state commissioner of education worked in Massachusetts before coming here, and during this Sunday conversation with The Mirror, he explains why he was unsuccessful in putting Connecticut on the same path that led to Massachusetts’ success. Continue Reading →

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