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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 […]

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State Education Board Chairman ‘hopeful’ nomination for next education commissioner not far off

After pushing back the application deadline because of a less-then-appealing pool of candidates for the state’s top education job, State Board of Education Chairman Allan Taylor said they have since received several more applications. “There are some encouraging signs,” he said Monday, declining to name individual applicants that have him so encouraged. “There is definitely more […]

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Malloy signs into law bill scrapping college requirement for substitute teachers

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed a bill that requires substitute teachers to just have a high school diploma to be hired, scrapping the requirement that every teacher have a bachelor’s degree. “We’ve heard from a lot of districts [the requirement is] causing a burden on them,” Rep. Andy Fleischmann, D-West Hartford and co-chairman of […]

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Community colleges should help students keep hope alive

The Connecticut Mirror last week reported Higher Education Commissioner Michael Meotti’s belief, seconded by Gov. Dannel Malloy, that Connecticut’s community colleges might need to turn away people who, as Meotti put it, “have no ability to be successful in a college classroom.”  Our campuses are crowded, Commissioner Meotti said, and there is little funding expansion. […]

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Bill waiving charter school teacher certification heads for governor’s desk

Legislators in both chambers have approved a bill waiving the certification requirements for many of the teachers and administrators in the state’s charter schools. Charter schools, like regular public schools, are allowed to hire teachers who lack state certification, but the teachers must get certified within two years. Meeting the certification requirement has been a problem at […]

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Education changes headed for Malloy’s signature

The Senate has sent a bill to the governor’s desk that allows some towns to cut education funding when enrollment declines, reduces the state’s share of the cost of building new schools, merges several of the state’s public colleges and universities into one system and increases funding for urban students to attend surburban schools. The measure reflects most of […]

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Teacher evaluation policies must reflect student needs

While most of the sound and fury during this legislative session has centered on the state’s budget deficit, there are crucial education issues that cry out for attention. For example, Connecticut’s current statutes related to teacher employment and evaluation policies are out of date. They are unfair to students and our best teachers and give […]

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Is testing the answer to education system’s shortcomings?

As the academic standing of American students among their international peers has declined, one reaction has been to expand testing to the point where many students take state and federal exams at every grade level. But many countries whose education systems consistently outperform the United States’ test far less frequently, Stephen Sawchuk reports at Education […]

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Senate approves bill waiving charter school teacher certification

The state Senate has approved a bill that waives the certification requirements for many of the teachers and administrators in the state’s charter schools. “This is a new age,” said Sen. Andrea Stillman, co-chairwoman of the Education Committee, adding that just because a teacher isn’t certified, “It doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t know how to […]

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Adamowski isn’t seeking state education post

Outgoing Hartford School Superintendent Steven Adamowski says he’s not a candidate to become the state’s next education commissioner. “I am not an applicant,” he said Wednesday at the State Capitol. The state’s top education job has been vacant since former Commissioner Mark McQuillan unexpectedly resigned in January. Adamowski has been one of the people talked […]