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Big crowd tells school board: bench sports budget cuts
May 20, 9:26 AM:

CT parents, students turn out in force to oppose cuts to athletics in one district. Community engagement is encouraging, and the Fairfield Citizen dutifully records sentiments. Are there solutions that don’t have an >

More Applicants Sought For Top Education Post
May 18, 6:54 AM:

Few candidates want top ed job in CT. Modest salary, budget turmoil and "skeleton" staff could becontributing factors. Finding the right person is a start, but other problems need fixes too. Gov is supposedly committed >

Private Company to Run Public School
May 17, 12:07 PM:

For-profit company will take over failing New Haven, CT, school. Good to see union supports planned changes. But no reasons given why this company was chosen. Look at school's problems, and Renaissance's results >

Manual-In New London, English becomes a student's ticket to graduation
May 16, 11:19 AM:

New London Board approves requirement starting in 2015, all high schoolers know American English in order to graduate. Focus here is on testing to prove proficiency. Unclear is what teachers have to do in class to make >

Conn. encouraging 'culturally responsive' schools
May 10, 10:51 AM:

CT policy encourages school districts to use "culturally responsive" materials to engage kids from different backgrounds. With 1 in 3 kids from non-white minorities, this seems a no-brainer. Some examples would >

Windham school intervention plans raise questions
Apr 18, 11:51 AM:

CT Ed Depart. will appoint 'special master'  to develop plan for turnaround in failing Windham district. Interviews with state DOE officials lacking -- what are their plans for the outsider and how these will differ from >

Fairfield Board of Education considers lawsuit against bus company
Apr 13, 3:33 PM:

VA super may sue uninsured, unregistered ABC bus company. Students on them had to deboard for other buses when system realized, in route, they were not registered or insured. Board chair says glad system acted so >

BUS-ted: Tomlinson kids rode to DC on unregistered, uninsured buses
Apr 8, 12:10 PM:

Fairfield students change buses on field trip after transportation supervisor learns coaches were unregistered and uninsured. Why did he check in so late? Look into relationship of tour provider to school system and >

CT: A former mayor plans to tackle state's education aid formula
Apr 5, 4:42 PM:

CT Gov Malloy wants to change how his state divvies up dollars to school districts, saying it doesn't equalize ed spending the way it should. Problem is political football. Analysis here offers no solution, just >

Budget cut concerns dominate Latino Advocacy Day
Mar 31, 4:37 PM:

CT's Latino Advocacy Day brings up ed funding as top priority. Closing achievement gap isn't all about money -- accountability and ability to remove ineffective teachers are essential. So what's being done about it?

CT: As teacher layoff notices go out, no change in seniority rules
Mar 30, 4:27 PM:

CT Ed Committee rejects proposal to base layoffs on more than seniority alone, which is what the majority of state districts do. Critics want to wait for "model evaluation method." Something's not right when other states >

Advocates Of 'Money Follows The Child' School Funding Press Case At Capitol
Mar 25, 10:04 AM:

CT families rally in support of funding bill that would bring more money to charter and magnet schools. Now receive fixed amount from state, and charters receive less than other public schools. Too complex, need bill >

Two Schools Become Turnarounds
Mar 22, 10:37 AM:

Two New Haven schools in New Haven may get a whole new slate of teachers as they go into a turnaround phase. Mightn't going charter serve their purposes better? Show data that suggests effectiveness of various new >

Conn. lawmakers discuss teacher evaluation overhaul
Mar 18, 12:29 PM:

Paints image that CT bill to create model teacher evaluation system will help districts challenge seniority rules when it comes to layoffs. Do your homework. Suggesting how to do an evaluation still leaves unions in >

Lawmakers Consider Speeding Up Dismissals For Poorly Performing Teachers
Mar 18, 6:59 AM:

CT union proposes performance evaluation that would shorten teacher dismissal timeline "that would last no longer than 100 days." How does student benefit if it takes over 3 months to get rid of a poorly performing >

Education Committee To Consider Teacher Performance Evaluations and Dropout Age
Mar 16, 1:58 PM:

Hearing tomorrow in CT on bill proposing teacher evaluations. A union actually put forth the standards, but reporting fails to determine if there's any bite to them (hint: there isn't). Readers are falsely lured into >

It's wrong to retreat on education reform
Mar 11, 8:07 AM:

Editorial chides state lawmakers for considering delaying reforms passed to win federal Race to the Top (RTT) money. Rebukes argument that there's no money (since they didn't win RTT funds), saying there's time to figure >

CT: Legislators considering pushing back education reforms
Mar 8, 2:03 PM:

District leaders claim that reforms passed last year to win Race To Top money are unfunded mandates since CT wasn't awarded funds.  Claim they need new money or can't make changes.  Never seem to acknowledge that maybe >

Teacher Layoffs Schools Should Have The Power To Retain Their Best Teachers
Mar 7, 11:53 AM:

Hartford paper calls for legislative action to change existing "last in, first out" policy; calls tenure "outmoded," and policies not in the best interest of students. Recognizes New Haven's attempts to try, but suggests >

Conn. discussing 'culturally responsive' schools
Mar 2, 12:41 PM:

CT aims for "culturally responsive education" to engage diverse students and narrow minority student achievement gap. Where's any evidence this would do the trick? And how 'bout a look at other factors -- say, effective >



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