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Connecticut ranks 7th in state funding cuts to higher education

Connecticut ranks seventh in cutting higher education funding from last year to this year, according to an annual report released by the Center for the Study of Education Policy at Illinois State University Monday. While the average cut was 4.1 percent in other states, Connecticut’s colleges and universities took a 12.2 percent hit for this […]

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School finance panel finishes interim report

The task force charged with providing a solution to the problems in the way the state funds education has approved an interim report. The “consensus recommendations” are two pages. The recommendations include providing greater access and enhancing early education programs, providing “fair and reasonable” funding for the state’s nontraditional school choice programs, using more accurate […]

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Parents Union calls for allowing students to select which school they attend, no matter what district

A coalition of parents wants to eliminate the school district borders and eliminate penalties for parents who send their child to whatever school they chose. “I am an everyday parent, and I just want my children to have access to a great education,” said Gwen Samuel, the leader of the state’s Parents’ Union and a […]

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Help Wanted: Education chief creates seven new positions

Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor announced Wednesday that he has created seven new positions at the State Department of Education responsible for implementing elements of the education reforms sought by him and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. The new positions include a teacher talent officer for teacher preparedness, a school turnaround officer to lead interventions in low-achieving […]

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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. […]

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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 […]