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Advocates for teachers, towns say voters oppose pension cost shift

The survey, commissioned by the Connecticut Education Association and the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, found 64 percent of voters would cast ballots against legislators who back such a plan. Continue Reading →

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Union steps up lobbying despite movement on teacher evaluation

Despite indications the state will delay linking student test scores to teacher evaluations for another year and will scale back how heavily those scores must be weighed, the state’s largest teachers’ union is stepping up its lobbying efforts. Continue Reading →

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Fact check: Who really protected teacher pension funding?

Since their endorsement of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, leaders of the largest teachers’ union in Connecticut have portrayed the governor as defender of what teachers worry about most: the future of their pensions. But while touting Malloy as the first governor to “fully fund” the long-neglected pension system, the leadership message of the Connecticut Education Association doesn’t mention that Malloy had little choice but to do so. Continue Reading →

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After internal campaign, CEA endorses Malloy

The endorsement Monday of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy by the Connecticut Education Association, the state’s largest teachers’ union, came after an unprecedented effort by the union’s leadership to defuse dissatisfaction with the first-term Democrat and raise aware of what it considers hostile positions by Republican Tom Foley. Continue Reading →

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Malloy celebrates Pryor, but makes gesture to union critics

NEW BRITAIN – By turns wistful and upbeat, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor put a positive spin Thursday on Pryor’s announcement he will leave the Malloy administration, a departure sought by unions important to the governor’s re-election. He later named a leader of a teachers’ union to the State Board of Education. Continue Reading →

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Teacher evaluations: Too much science, not enough art?

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FAIRFIELD — As teacher Alison Taylor conducts a poetry lesson for her third-graders, veteran principal Jason Bluestein watches and listens closely, scratching notes into a spiral notebook – a process he will repeat again and again this year, more often than ever before. Continue Reading →

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Teacher evaluations: State asks court to ‘compel’ districts to turn over assessments

The top lawyers for the state are asking a Superior Court judge to “compel” nine of the state’s lowest-performing school districts to turn over individual teacher evaluations so they can prepare for a trial set to begin this fall over whether the state is properly funding education. Continue Reading →

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Common Core: By the numbers

As school districts move ahead with implementing Common Core, here are some numbers provided to legislators Thursday on what the state is spending this year to help districts implement the new standards:

$800,000 for 2,000 teacher “coaches” to be trained on the standards through workshops, online webinars and preparation for the new standardized tests aligned with Common Core that every student will begin taking next school year. These teachers will return to their districts to help their colleagues understand the standards;
$1 million for faculty and future teachers at teaching colleges in Connecticut to receive training on the new standards. The funding will cover training for 600 faculty and future teachers;
$250,000 for local school boards to receive training;
$1.5 million to help preschool through Grade 3 teachers teach early literacy skills;
$500,000 to provide tools to support students with special education needs and English language learners;
Two new positions at the State Department of Education to help districts with questions they may have with implementing Common Core;
$24 million for districts to upgrade their technology capacity so students can take the new assessments based on the Common Core by next school year. In total, the state will spend $38 million over this fiscal year and next to help districts implement Common Core. This is the first time money was specifically earmarked for Common Core implementation in the state budget since the standards were adopted in July 2010. But the state’s largest teachers’ union isn’t convinced it’s enough. Continue Reading →

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