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Court opens inquiry into Bysiewicz’s qualifications for AG

A Hartford Superior Court judge opened proceedings today in a case that could determine if Susan Bysiewicz, the Democratic front-runner in the race for attorney general, is legally qualified to hold the office. Without objection from attorneys for Bysiewicz, Judge Michael R. Sheldon accepted the Connecticut Republican Party as an intervenor in the case, meaning […]

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Lawmakers want warning on college tuition hikes

State legislators want to know about tuition changes at public colleges and universities before they are approved, but higher education officials warned Thursday that could create a political and procedural nightmare. “Be very careful, because you’re walking on ground that could become quicksand,” Chancellor David G. Carter of the Connecticut State University system said. Officials […]

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Connecticut won’t get federal stimulus dollars this round for school reform

Connecticut education officials will rewrite a massive school reform plan in a second attempt to win federal stimulus funds after failing to make a list of finalists Thursday in a state-by-state competition for the money. The U.S. Department of Education listed 15 other states and the District of Columbia as finalists for their reform proposals […]

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Ethics chair resigns

G. Kenneth Bernhard of Westport resigned today from the Citizen’s Ethics Advisory Board over campaign contributions he made in violation of state law. “I have had a few days to consider recent events…It is apparent that my service will be a distraction to the important work that the Board does for the people of our […]

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Hospitals leery of Rell tax proposal

Connecticut’s hospitals are wary of Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s plan to reinstate a 10-year-old tax on revenues, rejecting the administration’s claim that overall payments to the industry would remain constant, although individual hospitals would experience gains or losses. An official with the Connecticut Hospital Association also said that numerous spending cuts also proposed in the […]

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Education commissioner pushes for reform of school choice funding

Magnet schools, charter schools and technical schools all have become popular options for many Connecticut families, but those schools rely on a financial structure that is “broken, unfair, and inadequately funded,” says the state’s top education official. State Education Commissioner Mark McQuillan will ask the State Board of Education today to find ways to fix […]

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After weeks of verbal jabs, an hour of GOP amiability

The lineup promised fireworks: Linda McMahon, a WWE executive who has acted in wrestling melodramas; Peter Schiff, a CNBC pundit with a rabid following; and Rob Simmons, a former congressman, soldier and spy. But for 60 minutes Tuesday, constrained by a televised debate format that discouraged confrontation, the three Republican U.S. Senate candidates found agreement […]