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Midterm propels CT Dems into power, key roles in House ‘stop Trump’ efforts

WASHINGTON – The Democratic takeover of the U.S. House of Representatives has propelled Connecticut’s lawmakers into positions of power that may help them further their agendas and give them new roles in the effort to block President Donald Trump’s initiatives. Continue Reading →

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Murphy tries to block DeVos from using federal funds to arm teachers

WASHINGTON – The possibility the Trump administration would allow the use of federal funds to arm teachers prompted Sen. Chris Murphy on Thursday to try to block the move through legislation. It may be a long-shot effort, but it’s leading Democratic opposition to the plan. Continue Reading →

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DeVos tells Murphy she doesn’t think schools can call ICE on students

WASHINGTON – Under questioning by Sen. Chris Murphy on Tuesday, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos reversed herself on whether a school can call Immigration and Customs Enforcement on students believed to be undocumented. “I don’t think they can,” she said. Continue Reading →

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Connecticut advocates blast DeVos for saying schools can welcome ICE

WASHINGTON – Immigration advocates in the state and the Connecticut office of the ACLU blasted Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for saying that a school can chose to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement on students believed to be undocumented. Continue Reading →

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Courtney slams DeVos for failing to respond to East Hartford high letters

WASHINGTON – Rep. Joe Courtney on Tuesday lashed out at Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for her failure to respond to letters from Connecticut officials and students who were offended by her disparaging remarks about East Hartford High School a year ago. Continue Reading →

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U.S. Ed Dept. comes to aid of CT students of shuttered for-profit school

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Education has come to the aid of hundreds of Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute students whose education came to an abrupt end last week when the school shut down without warning. The help includes allowing students file claims to have their student loans discharged. Continue Reading →

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CT schools chief takes aim at Trump safety proposals

WASHINGTON — Connecticut Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell on Tuesday helped congressional Democrats push back against President Donald Trump’s school safety initiatives, including proposals to arm teachers and review  Obama-era policies that encouraged educators to consider alternatives to detention and expulsion. Continue Reading →

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Sandy Hook parents tell Trump there’s no need to arm teachers

WASHINGTON — The parents of two children who lost their lives in the Sandy Hook school shooting told President Donald Trump the nation does not need to arm teachers, but should prevent mass shootings by training teachers to respond when a child displays certain signs of trouble. “Sandy Hook Promise has created something that works,” said Mark Barden, holding up a photo of his slain 6-year-old son Daniel. Continue Reading →

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CT joins suit against DeVos’ delay of rule protecting student borrowers

WASHINGTON — Connecticut joined 17 other states and the District of Columbia Thursday to sue the U.S. Department of Education and Secretary Betsy DeVos for delaying implementation of a new regulation aimed at protecting student borrowers. It was to become effective on July 1. Continue Reading →

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East Hartford responds to DeVos’s criticism: ‘She’s wrong’

Updated at 4:16 p.m.
With one voice Tuesday morning, about 200 East Hartford teachers, students and parents repudiated U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ grim appraisal of their public school system. As school buses dropped off students behind them, the protesters chanted in unison: “DeVos is wrong! East Hartford strong!” Continue Reading →

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Senate kills school accountability rule

WASHINGTON – The Senate on Thursday voted to overturn a key regulation that places tougher accountability measures on schools — measures backed by civil rights groups and those who advocate for disabled children. Sen. Chris Murphy said the move to kill the regulation was a GOP rejection “of a bipartisan rule that assured that civil rights are protected.” Continue Reading →

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Malloy rebukes Trump on rollback of transgender protections

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed an executive order Thursday reassuring transgender students of the protections afforded them under state law, his second action in as many days to limit the reach in Connecticut of policies enacted by the administration of President Trump. The action comes as Malloy departs for meetings in Washington, including a social for governors with the president and first lady. Continue Reading →

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Worried Betsy DeVos could ‘destroy’ public education? Here’s what you should know

Betsy DeVos earned more opposition than any of President Trump’s cabinet picks — and any nominee for education secretary in history. Now that DeVos has been confirmed, here’s what you should read to start getting a handle on the possibilities. Continue Reading →

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With Pence casting historic vote, DeVos is confirmed by Senate

Updated at 4:45 p.m.
WASHINGTON — With the help of Vice President Mike Pence, the Senate on Tuesday confirmed charter school advocate Betsy DeVos to head the U.S. Department of Education. As a lightning rod candidate, DeVos’s confirmation provoked mixed reactions from school groups in Connecticut. . Continue Reading →

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Malloy: ‘Serious concerns’ about DeVos

WASHINGTON — Gov. Dannel Malloy on Wednesday joined the group of Democrats panning Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trumps’s choice to head the U.S. Department of Education. He said her testimony at a confirmation hearing “causes me to have serious concerns.” Continue Reading →

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