Nearly a quarter of New Haven students aren’t fully attending remote learning.
State officials will monitor districts on a weekly basis to gauge student attendance and address problems early.
The board’s endorsement of Miguel Cardona was somewhat overshadowed by the controversy surrounding the process, however.
Miguel Cardona, assistant superintendent in Meriden, is expected to be appointed soon as the state’s new education commissioner. Miguel Cardona, assistant superintendent in Meriden, is expected to be appointed soon as the state’s new education commissioner. The State Board of Education is scheduled to vote Thursday on the governor’s selection of Miguel Cardona, the assistant […]
In a dramatic reversal, Meriden’s Miguel Cardona is expected to be chosen rather than Bloomfield Superintendent James Thompson.
If he is appointed by Gov. Ned Lamont, Thompson would be the first African American to serve as state education commissioner.
State officials are preparing to name a second interim Department of Education commissioner Friday as the search for a permanent leader heads into its seventh month.
Gov. Ned Lamont hasn’t filled six vacancies, which has also slowed the selection of a new education commissioner.
State Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell will stay in her post on an interim basis until her replacement is selected under a decision made this week by the Connecticut Board of Education.
While suspensions and expulsions in Connecticut schools are on the decline, the incidence of such disciplinary action in connection with vaping is increasing.
Lamont needs the board’s recommendation before he can appoint a new leader
His first day on the job in January 2011, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy went before the General Assembly to declare that the state was facing an economic and employment crisis, created in part by “a lack of educational resources.” He then spent the next eight years of his tenure in what he recently described as “pitched battles” with “weak-kneed” Democrats over various education reforms he believed were long overdue.
State education board Chairman Allan B. Taylor and Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell both praised the action as an important clarification of the role state tests should play: a goal-setting tool for teachers, not part of a formula for rating an individual teacher’s effectiveness in the classroom. State teacher unions had fought using the state tests as part of teacher evaluations for years.
On April 6, I attended a public meeting by the Connecticut State Board of Education (SBE), in which members of the SBE vigorously debated the merit of further delays to implementation of real teacher evaluations in Connecticut. They were discussing the Performance Evaluation Advisory Council’s (PEAC) recommendation to permit school districts to go yet another year without incorporating the results of the state mastery test as one of multiple measures in a teacher’s evaluation. I applaud the SBE for pushing back on PEAC’s recommendation and drawing a real line in the sand.
Students need to be at school to learn, but new state data show that many children expelled or suspended because they act out are among those likely to miss the most school and perform less well academically. “”Suspensions and expulsions may exacerbate academic deterioration,” reads a presentation prepared for the State Board of Education.