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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 […]

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Tuition break for illegal immigrants to begin in upcoming school year

Undocumented immigrants that attended high school in the state will begin paying significantly less to attend the state’s public colleges and universities this upcoming school year, as Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed a bill into law allowing them to pay in-state tuition rates. The impact of the law is uncertain. Backers estimate about 200 […]

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Senate sends bill to Malloy delaying education reforms

State legislators have sent a bill to the governor’s desk that delays the package of school reforms passed last year in the state’s bid to capture federal Race to the Top money. The legislature’s budget office estimates the increased graduation requirements alone would cost up to $29 million to hire the additional teachers needed for the additional required courses […]

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Legislature sends bills to governor aimed at landing RttT money

The House has voted to send two bills aimed at helping the state land new federal Race to the Top money for early childhood education to the governor’s desk. The bills provide funding for preschool teachers to earn degrees, begin testing kindergarten students on their reading and education development and require principals to report to the […]