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GOP: We’re shut out of education negotiations by co-chairs, not Malloy

The Republican minority leaders complained Friday their party is shut out of the education-reform negotiations being conducted by the legislature’s Education Committee, which is hoping to report the bill out of committee Monday. Rep. Lawrence F. Cafero Jr. of Norwalk and Sen. John McKinney of Fairfield put the blame on the Democratic co-chairs, Rep. Andrew […]

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State labor board dismisses teachers’ union complaint

Do school boards have to ask their teachers’ unions for permission before switching over to computer-based reporting? The Connecticut Education Association filed a complaint with the state’s Board of Labor Relations alleging that the Milford Board of Education violated its contract with the union when it began requiring their special education teachers to use the […]

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Are charter schools cherry-picking their students?

Hartford — As students from the highly regarded Jumoke Academy Charter School filed into the gymnasium for a mid-afternoon assembly last week, onlooker Gov. Dannel P. Malloy pointed out that at first glance these students seem to mirror those attending the neighborhood public schools. “Look around,” he said, fielding questions about whether this school is […]

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State Leaders: Our Most Vulnerable Students Need Your Help!

Edwin Colon and Kathryn Scheinberg-Meyer are attorneys with the Center for Children’s Advocacy Inc., a private, nonprofit legal organization affiliated with the University of Connecticut School of Law. The Center provides holistic legal services for poor children in Connecticut’s communities through individual representation and systemic advocacy. On a cold day last year, 17-year-old Manuel made […]

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Fail: standardized tests landing too many students in college remedial courses

Questions are being raised about the validity of the standardized tests that land 70 percent of the state’s community college students in non-credit remedial courses before they can start taking courses that will count toward their degree. “There has been relatively little research whether such exams are valid,” researchers from Columbia University’s Teachers College wrote […]

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Physician, cancer biologist to lead UConn Health Center

A physician who leads Wake Forest University’s Comprehensive Cancer Center will become the next dean of the UConn School of Medicine, the university announced Friday. Dr. Frank M. Torti will also serve as UConn’s vice president for health affairs and will hold a professorship in the Department of Medicine when he joins the health center […]