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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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Working Families, charter schools targeted Democrat primaries

The Working Families Party was the biggest outside spender on Democratic legislative primaries Tuesday, committing $70,000 for field staff in three winning races, while two charter-school groups provided late support to help Rep. Charlie Stallworth of Bridgeport defeat a prominent opponent of charters, Maria H. Pereira. Continue Reading →

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Behind The Numbers Podcast – Episode 6: Charter schools, state aid and UConn in a lean budget

Connecticut Mirror budget reporter Keith M. Phaneuf and education reporter Jacqueline Rabe Thomas discuss the new $40.3 billion, two-year state budget legislators sent to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, and its impact on every level of education from preschool to colleges and universities. Continue Reading →

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At last minute, an attempt to undo charter school FOI action

An attempt was made in the final hours of the General Assembly session last week to negate adopted legislation making charter schools subject to the state’s Freedom of Information Act. It’s unclear whether the attempt will be renewed in the upcoming special session since no one is taking responsibility for it. Continue Reading →

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Are students better off in charter schools? State says it’s unsure

Amid the ferocious debate about whether Connecticut students are better off in charter schools, the State Department of Education has released the results of its first-ever research on the subject. It provides little clarity, however. Continue Reading →

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