Mark Waxenberg

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Charter school advocates playing in General Assembly primaries

Change Course CT, a political action committee associated with Democrats for Education Reform, a national group Gov. Dannel P. Malloy addressed during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last week, has polled voters on two primaries in Bridgeport and one in New London. A second charter group is paying for promotional literature and T-shirts. 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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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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Teachers’ union calls Common Core rollout ‘botched,’ ‘mishandled’

“These goals which we want to achieve are falling out of reach and out of reality due to the implementation,” said Sheila Cohen, an elementary school teacher in Orange and the president of the 43,000-teacher Connecticut Education Association. Continue Reading →

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