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Will Connecticut follow Massachusetts on Common Core?

Massachusetts, one of the leading states on education reform in the nation, in a monumental decision has abandoned Common Core testing. The Massachusetts Commissioner of Education, Michael Chester, in a stunning reversal, has walked away from the very test he helped to create. Now it remains to be seen if other states in the nation, including Connecticut, will follow Massachusetts, a state that is considered to be “the gold standard” in successful education reform.

Posted inMoney, Politics

Malloy: CT budget and economy both poised to take off

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy doesn’t dispute there’s a sizeable hole in the next state budget – as nonpartisan analysts see things. He just thinks their perspective doesn’t reflect political reality. The Stamford Democrat says the situation is much rosier than the numbers show. And while there is more to do, his administration has positioned Connecticut’s finances and its economy for a prosperous future.

Posted inEducation, Money, Politics

Pelto: State budget deficit reveals a broken fiscal system

Former state Rep. Jonathan Pelto doesn’t have any trouble standing out from the rest of the 2014 gubernatorial candidates. For Pelto, a $1.4 billion shortfall – more than four years after the last recession ended – typifies a broken fiscal system that threatens Connecticut’s schools, state workers’ pensions, and middle class families.