As the adults, both regular and superstar, we have to show up for our kids so that, together, we can learn and practice simple ways to cope with our emotions.
Opinion pieces written by members of the Connecticut Scholars Strategy Network.
New legislation on the EITC will reduce poverty and promote self sufficiency
Those concerned about the cost of the earned income tax credit need to also weigh how reducing poverty offers real financial returns.
Providing school meals for all is a win for CT families
Students should not have to worry about being hungry at school.
Locked out: Barriers to affordable housing for survivors of domestic violence
It is time that Connecticut moves away from its history of segregation and provides access to safe and affordable housing for all families.
Before unity, Lamont must confront challenges facing CT
It is good for Lamont to chart a hopeful and unifying course for his second term. But, let’s not do so by avoiding the persistent and central challenges facing our state and nation.
A Sandy Hook reflection: Gun violence is preventable — if we want
Connecticut is an example of the preventable nature of gun violence. Our gun death rates are consistently the lowest in the nation – in large part due to Connecticut’s legal framework
Voting is power. Make it easier.
Connecticut citizens deserve what 46 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and other U.S. territories have: the opportunity to vote on more than one day.
Make it easier for health care providers to use CT’s new gun law
Health care professionals can now petition for firearms to be removed when a person is at risk, but many don’t know enough about the new law.
To end gun violence we need to address poverty
In cities like Hartford, the gun violence crisis is ongoing and will not be solved through gun laws alone. It will require us to address poverty and violence caused by systemic racism.
Psychological tips aren’t enough – policies need to address structural inequities so everyone can flourish
Modern public health research shows that the ability to achieve your potential depends heavily on the circumstances in which you are born, grow and live.
A better way to help CSCU students who need remedial instruction
Many of Connecticut’s community college students struggle to complete their studies, and remedial courses are substantial obstacles. Here’s a better way to help them.
The EITC is an investment in workers: Make the expansion last
Making the EITC expansion permanent rewards work, benefits children, and makes a long-term investment in the state.
In expanding school choice, let’s not lose sight of Asian American students
I urge elected leaders and education advocates to attend to how desegregation efforts are impacting Asian American students —a diverse and growing, but often overlooked, population.
Limiting hospital visitations during COVID not in patients’ best interests
The current trend of “no visitor” policies in health care settings is bad for the well-being of patients, health care workers, and patients’ family members.
No, generous unemployment benefits are not driving the labor shortage
Conventional wisdom blames the current labor shortage on overly generous federal unemployment benefits. Such benefits can pay nearly as much as an hourly worker’s salary but are taken away upon accepting a job, making it reasonable to believe they could discourage a return to work. However, recent research shows that the impact of these benefits is likely small.