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As social media grow, so does First Amendment appreciation

Each year, on Constitution Day, students and teachers celebrate the most fundamental laws of our republic. This year, they should celebrate Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and all other social media children of the digital age. Why? Because, it turns out, social media are good for the Constitution. Specifically, social media are good for the First Amendment, […]

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Days after community college chairwoman dismissal, notice of meeting shows up

The public notice for a meeting that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy dismissed the community college chairwoman over has turned up. “Notice is herewith given of a special meeting,” the July 25th letter to the Office of the Secretary of the State reads. Malloy cited two incidents that led to him removing longtime board chairwoman Louise […]

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Big-name colleges venturing into online high school programs

Online high schools have been around for a while, but some well-known universities are starting to get into the field, Jason Koebler reports at U.S. News. Stanford University, George Washington University, Indiana University, and the University of Missouri are among the institutions that have started diploma-granting online high school programs in recent years. Graduating from […]

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States taking steps to discourage extended college careers

Texas is the latest state to discourage students from extending their stays at public colleges and universities, Ben Wieder reports at Stateline.org, with a new law requiring students to prepare plans detailing how they will achieve their degrees—and then obtain permission any time they want to deviate from the plan. “We want students to think […]

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Report: most student teaching programs are weak, including at SCSU

The student teaching programs at two state schools received mixed reviews in a national report card Thursday. Southern Connecticut State University’s program was rated “weak”, while Eastern Connecticut State University’s program was rated “good.” Only a small amount of the colleges that were analyzed (18 percent) received a passing grade from the National Council on […]

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As researchers fret about gender equity, girls sweep science competition

As researchers continue to worry about the scarcity of women in science-related academic programs and professional fields, three teenage girls wiped out the competition in their respective age classes in the first Google Science Fair, Kenneth Chang reports at The New York Times. The three bested some 10,000 entrants from 91 countries. “It just starts […]

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To mixed reviews, DCF curtailing out-of-state placements

Frank Gregory, the director of treatment at CCP: 'We are getting it ready now for more children.' For years, the Department of Children and Families has left beds unfilled at its two psychiatric facilities while sending hundreds of children out-of-state, an expensive and criticized practice. This summer, DCF is bringing some of those children home […]

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State education officials intervene in Bridgeport, then name new leader in Windham

Thirty minutes after deciding to takeover the Bridgeport school board, state education leaders announced who they intend to lead the other district they intervened in earlier this year. The controversial former superintendent of Hartford Public Schools Steven Adamowski has been named the new leader of Windham Public Schools. “He can make some positive differences. We […]

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National report finds achievement gap persists for Hispanic students

Although reading and math test scores have improved for Hispanic students and their white, non-Hispanic peers over the last two decades, the achievement gap between them remains substantially unchanged, a new national report says. The study, based on National Assessment of Educational Progress test results from 1990 to 2009, looked at scores of 4th and […]