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Suit Challenges Sheff Magnet-School Lottery Process
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Feb 19, 9:38 AM: The lawsuit, filed in federal court on behalf of eight Hartford families, also charges that a policy of leaving magnet-school seats empty rather than admit minority students on wait lists runs afoul of constitutional limits on the >
Board rejects legislature’s budget for more charter school funding
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Feb 15, 6:45 AM: Adding insult to injury for the public school advocates, the legislature’s two-year budget next year will send charter schools another $7.1 million. It will increase charter school enrollment and pay for an additional $250 (on top >
Democratic Lawmakers: Fight To Close Achievement Gap Must Go On
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Jan 19, 7:31 AM: Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy says the State Supreme Court decision on the state’s landmark education funding case should not stop policymakers from continuing to look for ways to close the achievement gap.
Charter school parents sound off
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Jan 19, 7:29 AM: State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff and several other panelists came under fire from charter school advocates during a forum Thursday evening on changes Connecticut’s Education Cost Sharing formula.
Proposed legislation targets charter school board conflicts
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Jan 19, 6:00 AM: Currently, nothing prohibits a charter school employee from sitting on the school’s board of trustees. That’s in stark contrast to what’s allowed at traditional public schools, where state law has strict prohibitions against someone >
Pressing question for CT: A state tax break for private school tuition?
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Jan 16, 6:43 AM: The federal tax overhaul may have triggered an automatic state tax break that would allow parents to avoid paying state taxes on some of the money they put aside to send their children to private K-12 schools.
$1.7M state grant puts charter school construction back on schedule
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Jan 12, 6:28 AM: Construction of a new middle school building for Side By Side Charter School will be completed on schedule thanks to a new state grant. In the recently approved budget, the state set aside an additional $1.7 million to complete the >
Enrollment at charter, magnet schools on the rise in New Haven
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Jan 8, 5:59 AM: Education officials in the city have long agreed that school choice — which allows families to select from schools in their neighborhoods, magnet schools with specialized curricular themes and charter schools, often through a >
Charter schools working to curb suspensions and hire certified staff
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Jan 4, 6:10 AM: Three charter schools called on the carpet last spring over student suspensions and for hiring non-certified teachers are improving — but still have work to do, the state Board of Education was told Wednesday.
Connecticut school ditches online program after parents revolt
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Dec 21, 6:53 AM: Cheshire school administrators and some parents praised the program, but it faced criticism from others who said their children were spending too much time online, some content was inappropriate, and students were not getting enough >
Number Of Hartford Students In Integrated Schools Drops By Hundreds
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Dec 21, 6:30 AM: The number of Hartford minority students counted as attending integrated schools under the Sheff v. O’Neill ruling dropped by more than 800 this year, with hundreds more counted only because their segregated schools were granted >
Norwich charter school bucks national racial mix trend
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Dec 11, 7:10 AM: The Northeast Charter School Network reports 24 active charter schools in the state that enroll more than 9,600 students, and another 5,800 on waiting lists. Charter schools in Bridgeport, Hartford, Manchester, New Haven, New >
Divided Ed Board Selects Birks
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Nov 21, 7:10 AM: By a 4-3 vote, New Haven’s Board of Education named Carol Birks the next superintendent of schools — at the end of a raucous meeting that signaled that she will begin the job with the challenge of winning over a sizable sector of >
Achievement First To Merge Its Two Hartford Middle Schools, Citing Lack of State Funding
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Nov 21, 7:08 AM: Achievement First leaders say they plan to merge their two Hartford middle schools — Hartford Academy Middle School and Summit Middle School — mainly due to inadequate state funding.
No longer a simple question: Where are you going to high school?
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Nov 20, 7:45 AM: It’s November, so school guidance counselors are busy compiling student transcripts with grades, attendance and standardized test scores, as well as proofreading their application essays, so they can enter the schools of their >
CREC Magnet Schools To Charge Tuition For New Pre-K Students
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Nov 7, 8:07 AM: In a big shift that could affect school desegregation efforts, the Capitol Region Education Council says it will begin charging tuition to wealthier families who enroll new prekindergarten students in the agency’s coveted magnet >
Charter schools beg for more funding in new budget
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Oct 19, 5:33 AM: The state budget crisis is leaving a lot of people feeling uncertain. Nowhere is there more uncertainty than in the state’s charter school system.
Westerly School Committee votes to oppose expansion of West Greenwich charter school
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Oct 12, 4:55 AM: Citing the superior performance record of Washington County’s public schools, the Westerly School Committee approved a resolution Wednesday opposing the expansion of The Greene School, a charter high school located in West >
Bridgeport magnet school rules still debated
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Sep 27, 7:08 AM: An effort to change a long-standing magnet school policy that gave principals the option to kick chronically disruptive children out of magnet schools has met with strong resistance from some parents.
Bridgeport parents to state education board: ‘Help! We are in crisis!’
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Sep 7, 6:47 AM: A lengthy agenda was awaiting action by the State Board of Education Wednesday. But first came the pleas of two Bridgeport parents beseeching it to do something about the plight of their children’s schools.

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