It is time for the state to start living up to the standards it has set for early childhood education. It must allocate enough money to pay better wages to attract and keep the best teachers.
The success for our schools rests in the governor’s hands
Gov. Dannel Malloy’s upcoming budget proposal, and the General Assembly’s actions that follow, will either move us forward toward continuing to improve public education or act as an impediment to building upon the progress we’ve made in recent years.
Trauma also has profound effect on childhood learning
All schools, but especially those serving high concentrations of children growing up in poverty, must lay a foundation for healthy brain development in order to produce significant academic improvement and an equitable public education system for all.
Evaluating Connecticut’s school choice program a critical step
One of the most important activities Connecticut could undertake to improve public education is to commission a third-party evaluation of its public school choice programs.
It is time to restore the innocence of childhood
Some say the measure of a civilization is how it treats its oldest, youngest, and most vulnerable citizens. In an era of overexposed, over-scheduled, overstimulated, overanxious, and ove-rstressed children, I’d say our civilization needs to take a long look in the mirror. It is time to restore childhood.
Smart money is on Connecticut’s children, not testing
Reducing the amount of testing on Connecticut’s students would save millions of dollars and potentially provide more resources for supporting public health, economic progress and community life.
Where’s the praise for Connecticut’s public education?
Critics like to point to poor test scores and student performance when lamenting their role in a weak economy, but where is their praise when the economy is thriving?
Magnet school helped Connecticut child perform her best
A magnet school helped my daughter perform at her best academically when public schools could not. My husband and I believe Connecticut’s magnet schools deserve the public’s support.
Hartford families need some Sheff course corrections
Connecticut and Hartford could be smarter about how we tackle our state’s biggest constitutional obligation – ending the effect of long-term segregation in its schools.
Is this the ‘mean season’ for educating our children?
New federal regulations that measure teacher performance simply in terms of student achievements in English and math are missing the broader mission of raising children to be socially aware, physically and emotionally healthy, and responsible citizens.
The Sandy Hook failure
Federal law requires public schools to seek out, evaluate, identify and provide services to children with disabilities, including children with serious emotional disturbances. In Adam Lanza’s case, apparently, Newtown’s schools did not.
We rally because our children cannot wait for better schools
Today, I will be standing on the New Haven Green to demand an excellent school for all 40,000 students who are trapped in failing ones, and for every child in Connecticut.
Let’s start childhood obesity prevention in the classroom
Offering healthy lunch options in Connecticut’s schools and elsewhere in the U.S. is important if the nation is to reverse its epidemic of childhood obesity.
Connecticut’s budget should not be balanced on backs of children
Connecticut must live within its financial constraints, but it is wrong to balance the state budget on the backs of young people who need our support to survive.
Bridgeport wants truly public schools, not more charters
Hired spokespeople advocating more charter schools do not represent the vast majority of Bridgeport parents and taxpayers, who are more interested in properly funding their public schools.