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Your child’s school and the use of physical restraints and seclusion…

As legislators consider a bill that would require school officials to report and justify every time they physically restrain a student or place a child in seclusion, the U.S. Department of Education has some interesting data on the prevalence of these practices district-by-district and school-by-school. With 904 incidents in 2009, Waterbury puts more students into […]

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Fix Remedial Education System

In 100 years of fighting poverty, the Connecticut Association for Human Services (CAHS) has seen again and again that a good education throughout one’s life is critical to family economic success. CAHS produces research to drive advocacy and draws attention to the “developmental achievement gap,”  in which thousands of students now graduate from high school without […]

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Courtney, other Connecticut Democrats, slam GOP on student loan vote

Washington — Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, has for months been trying to win approval for a bill that would avoid a doubling of the interest rate on a popular, federally subsidized student loan. But when the House finally approved legislation Friday that would prevent interest rates on Stafford loans from doubling to 6.8 percent […]

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School-Based Mental Health and the Achievement Gap

According to a recent report issued by the General Assembly’s Legislative Program Review and Investigations Committee, “Students enrolled in a school-based health center gained three times as much classroom seat time as students not enrolled, and SBHCs significantly reduced the number of early dismissals from school in comparison with students who received school nursing services […]

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Talks continue on education reform overhaul

Legislative leaders spent the afternoon behind closed doors negotiating which education reforms will move forward, while state legislators and lobbyists outside continued to speculate that the session will draw to a close in three weeks with no agreement. “We are making progress,” Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney, D-New Haven, said as he headed into a […]

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Report: preschool faces a ‘crisis of quality’

First, the good news. Enrollment in the state’s publicly funded preschools has slightly increased since 2010 and funding has remained steady. Most other states weren’t as fortunate, as they gutted funding and shrank enrollment. Now, the bad news. Only 10 percent of the state’s 3- and 4-year-olds were enrolled in the state’s School Readiness or […]