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Op-Ed: CT assembly should enact informed consent law for nursing home elders

We have a responsibility to protect our elders from harm and assure that they receive the best care possible. The Connecticut General Assembly should act swiftly to pass a law requiring informed consent before the administration of pharmacological dementia treatment to senior citizens in long-term care. Continue Reading →

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Op-Ed: Connecticut should try performance-based funding for colleges

Two weeks ago, statewide newspapers reported the governor’s proposed budget for public post-secondary education is nearly $50 to $80 million less than needed to support the operations at the University of Connecticut System and the Connecticut State College and University System. Continue Reading →

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Op-Ed: Civil liberty should include freedom to decide on dying as well as living

Protecting civil liberties requires us to defend certain choices and an individual’s right to make them. Most of the choices we defend involve how people live. However, American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut and Compassion & Choices-Connecticut are allied in believing that people have a right to make informed decisions about the end of their lives as well. Continue Reading →

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Op-Ed: Company president outraged at Connecticut’s ‘fiscal incontinence’

In his open letter to Gov. Dannel Malloy, the president of a Danbury manufacturing firm explains why he is outraged at state spending and tax policies that make Connecticut an expensive and unwelcoming place to do business; and why he is contemplating moving his company to a more friendly state. Continue Reading →

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Op-Ed: Connecticut education needs clearer vision, better objectives

The opportunity for Connecticut to establish a dynamic vision for its 21st Century public schools is here. In this commentary, a dozen Connecticut superintendents of schools lay out their ideas on how to find a new and better direction for the advancement of the state’s public schools. Continue Reading →

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Op-Ed: Schools’ alarmed cries for help should echo across Connecticut

With 40,000 students attending chronically low-performing schools, many thousands of families on wait lists for schools of choice, and the largest-in-the-nation achievement gap, Connecticut leaders must expand and sustain schools that are delivering results for students, especially children in poverty and children of color. Continue Reading →

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Op-Ed: Connecticut bilingual education programs need reform

Connecticut has the nation’s largest achievement gap between English Language Learners and their peers who are English fluent. it is the interest of everyone in the state that we fix this shameful situation by embracing educational models that have been proven to produce good results. Continue Reading →

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Op-Ed: Connecticut nonprofits are in an abusive relationship… with the state

For almost a quarter of a century the state has depended on private nonprofit organizations to provide services to people with disabilities in Connecticut. This includes services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and addictions. For over two decades, the average increase to the contracts with these providers has been less than one percent per year. Continue Reading →

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Op-Ed: Connecticut youth services bureaus provide high-value work, little cost

Connecticut’s 102 youth services bureaus annually serve thousands of children who are abused, abandoned, medicated and weary of lives chained to poverty. They use some $3.1 million dollars in state funds to leverage nearly ten times that amount from other sources. Cutting their funding would be costly in both money and lost services to some of the state’s most needy citizens. Continue Reading →

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Op-Ed: Connecticut can do more to address substance use disorder

Gov. Dannel Malloy has done a lot to prevent fatal overdoses, but more can be done. He has recently proposed a bill that will make Narcan more widely available by allowing pharmacists to prescribe it to Connecticut families, first responders and the treatment community directly from pharmacies. It should be adopted. Continue Reading →

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Op-Ed: When we suspend them, we fail our youngest students

Several bills before the legislature would ban out-of-school suspension for children younger than 8. These proposals recognize that young children with problem behavior are often in need of help, that being excluded from school sets them up for academic failure, and that a culture of exclusionary discipline harms every child in a school. Continue Reading →

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