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UConn Health Center: Professor falsified data

A three-year investigation has determined that a tenured professor at the University of Connecticut Health Center fabricated and falsified data, the university announced Wednesday. The health center has begun dismissal proceedings against Dipak K. Das, director of the Cardiovascular Research Center and a professor in the department of surgery. It has notified 11 scientific journals […]

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Malloy: ‘fantastically ridiculous’ for education chief to recuse himself on charter schools

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy gave his blessing Tuesday for his education commissioner to make decisions on Achievement First, despite Stefan Pryor’s long history of being involved in the state’s largest network of charter schools. Malloy said it would be “utterly and fantastically ridiculous” for him to recuse himself from decisions about the schools. Blogger and […]

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Is the state seeking a waiver to federal education requirements?

After wavering on whether the state would be applying for a waiver from No Child Left Behind requirements, Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor told a roomful of educators he’s made up his mind. “We are also seeking a waiver,” Pryor said during an education workshop convened by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy at Central Connecticut State University. […]

Posted inEducation, Energy & Environment, Money

Connecticut leads the way with green schools

The US Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools recently published a report for state legislators, providing them with a guide to best policy practices concerning green schools.  The report states that Connecticut is one of only 12 states that have policies in law encouraging green school construction. In 2006, Connecticut passed legislation mandating that […]

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After controversial executive order, child care workers vote to unionize

Child care workers paid through a state program voted by a wide margin to form a union, electing CSEA/SEIU Local 2001 to represent them in non-binding discussions with the state Department of Social Services. Family child care workers who provide services as part of the state’s Care 4 Kids program voted 1603 to 88 to […]

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UConn tuition increase set to be approved while students away on break

University of Connecticut officials pitched a 5.8 percent tuition increase this week during the middle of finals week. Next week, the Board of Trustees is set to approve the increase while students are away on winter break. A 5.8 percent increase in tuition and fees for undergraduates translates to a hike of $620 from the current […]

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Not for long. School financing changes available after request to keep secret

Sen. Andrea Stillman was hoping to keep the changes her panel is considering on how schools are financed a secret. “Let’s keep it just between us for now,” the task force co-chairwoman told the panel after a list was distributed to them during a public meeting at the Legislative Office Building Thursday. When asked for […]

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Will the state seek a waiver to federal education requirements?

It is “likely, but not yet determined” that Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor will seek a waiver from federal No Child Left Behind requirements. That was the message Pryor relayed to State Board of Education members last week, despite the state having already informed the U.S. Department of Education they do intend to apply and Gov. […]

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Early education participation in CT among the highest in the country

Connecticut has more of 3- and 4-year olds attending preschool than every state except New Jersey, according to the College Board’s annual progress report. While the state also ranks near the top in the percent of black and hispanic students having an early education, many more caucasian students have an early education. Almost 10 percent […]

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Income of private-college presidents

The Chronicle of Higher Education has a rundown of the compensation private college presidents receive, and three Connecticut colleges are on the top 100 list. Yale’s president Richard C. Levin is the 9th highest paid private-college president with compensation at $1.6 million. Quinnipiac University’s president John Lahey comes in 27th with $1.2 million and Sacred Heart’s […]