- Opinion: Education policy best guided by parents and teachers — not politicians
- > Jan 28, 8:16 AM: Elected policy decision makers who lack relevant experience are often placed in important decision-making positions. Next time someone in Hartford gets a big idea on how schools should be run, they should ask the experts,
- Opinion: School choice offers a chance for everyone
- > Jan 15, 6:29 AM: By exercising school choice, my family has been able to select a school that fits my daughters’ interests, talents and learning styles. We have seen the impact is has made to find a school where Ariana and Michaela are
- Opinion: Stop blaming schools for chronic absenteeism
- > Dec 10, 7:13 AM: Thus, although under Connecticut’s accountability system, chronic absenteeism is an indicator of school quality, and can contribute to a school or school district being subjected to increasingly draconian sanctions, none
- Opinion: Partnering to improve student outcomes
- > Nov 27, 7:02 AM: While we might be cross-town rivals, our schools are working together to help all of our students succeed in and beyond high school. In fact, our partnership extends beyond Platt and Maloney High Schools and Meriden Public
- Opinion: CSCU’s transfer ticket to nowhere
- > Nov 14, 8:05 AM: A statewide transfer credit system would save the students and the state of Connecticut millions of dollars each year and make higher education more affordable and accessible for all students, especially our low income,
- Study: Many CT colleges not delivering for students
- > Nov 13, 6:10 AM: Many of Connecticut’s four-year colleges have low graduation rates and some also charge low-income students considerably more than they would have to pay elsewhere, according to a report from the non-profit organization
- Charter schools say state is ‘starving’ them by providing less funding than traditional public schools
- Nov 11, 7:36 AM: The funding problem, says the head of the state’s charter school association, is threatening the existence of Connecticut’s 22 charter schools.
- Charter schools ‘literally starving’ for state funds says school leader
- > Nov 7, 7:33 AM: Over the past few years, Dacia Toll, co-CEO of the charter organization Achievement First, has been forced to economize by cutting teaching positions, curriculum budgets, field trips, after-school programs, and teacher
- Teachers report mold, rodents, and excessive heat in schools are making them, their students sick
- Nov 6, 8:43 AM: Black mold growing behind ceiling at Westover Magnet Elementary School in Stamford. The school was closed because of mold last year.
- Leader of parents union calls on state board of education to ‘weigh in’ on Dalio partnership transparency
- > Oct 4, 6:51 AM: The leader of the Connecticut Parents Union made an impassioned plea Wednesday for members of the state Board of Education to review the provision that exempts the new partnership between the state and Dalio Philanthropies
- Lawmakers balk at being excluded from decision making in education partnership
- > Sep 12, 6:56 AM: A proposal that would dramatically weaken oversight of — and public access to — an initiative that will pump hundreds of millions of public and private funds into Connecticut schools has run afoul of state legislative
- Small gains on state test, but troubling achievement gap persists
- > Sep 9, 6:18 AM: A slightly greater percentage of Connecticut students performed at grade level on this year’s state standardized test, with the state’s black and Hispanic students outpacing the statewide rate of improvement.
- Connecticut’s new education commissioner focuses on students
- Aug 19, 7:32 AM: On charter schools, Cardona said it is important for parents to have choices.
- Achievement gaps, shortcomings in math persist in latest SAT scores
- > Aug 6, 7:08 AM: The state Department of Education on Monday released the fourth year of results from its Connecticut SAT School Day, showing average scores for 2018-19 that were down just slightly from last year in English language arts
- Connecticut SAT numbers barely move
- Aug 5, 6:49 AM: For all the instructional changes and efforts made, the needle has barely moved on the number of high school juniors making the grade since the state started administering the SAT in school four years ago.
- Goldson Targets Magnet “Hustle”
- > Jul 25, 4:55 AM: Now Goldson is helping lead a charge to press — and maybe even sue — the state to allow New Haven to fill more of its magnet school slots with city rather than suburban children. He is looking as well at whether to charge
- In switch, state board of education withdraws support for Bloomfield superintendent and Meriden educator is expected to be tapped as next commissioner of education
- > Jul 17, 6:31 AM: Miguel Cardona, an assistant superintendent in Meriden, is expected to be chosen as Connecticut’s next state education commissioner, rather than Bloomfield Superintendent James Thompson, sources close to the search
- New Haven schools’ decision-makers at odds over who is in charge
- > Jul 10, 6:09 AM: The school district lost on what had been called a “win-win” when a charter school seeking to lease a building for $100,000 backed out. The ensuing discussion at Monday’s Board of Education meeting about several
- Commentary: Charter schools bypass racial imbalance laws
- > Jul 8, 7:21 AM: At its June meeting, the State Board of Education accepted the State Department of Education’s (“SDE”) report on racial imbalance in Connecticut’s public schools, as required by the racial imbalance law.
- Letter: Fight for students is far from over
- Jun 12, 6:19 AM: Our students need resources to reach for their dreams. A better future for Bridgeport will never come if our students are denied the opportunities for a better future.
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