May 28, 2015
by Leon Smith | May 28, 2015 5:30am
Juvenile court judges are passionate about education and frequently tell young people in their courtrooms how important it is to stay in school. Judges know that a high school diploma is a life-changing thing. Most people in state prisons have not completed high school. The average educational level in these facilities is 10th grade.
May 26, 2015
by Wendell Potter | May 26, 2015 9:57pm
Folks Are Happy With Health Coverage, But Still Confused By Choices
Here’s the good news: 74 percent of people nationwide who enrolled in health insurance plans through the Obamacare exchanges rate their coverage as excellent or good. That’s according to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey released last Thursday.
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May 22, 2015
by Brian Flaherty | May 22, 2015 2:51pm
Connecticut’s modern constitution and I both turn 50 this year. In all, it has been a pretty good run. And while I certainly can’t claim as storied a lineage as our founding document — which dates to the Fundamental Orders in 1638 — we’ve struck up a relationship over the years.
by Earl Baskerville | May 22, 2015 1:59pm
by Suzanne Bates | May 22, 2015 9:03am
While the battle about next year’s budget continues at the Capitol, there was a reminder this week that this year’s budget is still unresolved because of a lingering $165 million deficit.
by Terry Cowgill | May 22, 2015 5:30am
Two education initiatives caught my eye recently. The first, a bill that would require the state education commissioner to have significant classroom and school administrative experience, has cleared the House and is headed to the Senate. I’m trying hard to feel reassured but for some reason that’s not happening.
May 20, 2015
by Robert Cotto Jr. | May 20, 2015 7:59am
When traditional schools pay their bills to educate kids, they usually don’t have much money, if any, remaining. When charter schools pay their bills, they often have money left over to spend. How much? It depends on the school. For a number of charter schools, roughly 10 percent of all of public dollars meant for educating children in these schools go to pay fees for private companies called “charter management organizations.” That’s a problem.
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May 18, 2015
by Joe DeLong | May 18, 2015 6:45pm
While other factors have significance, quality of life issues are the most important factors residents and businesses weigh when determining whether to relocate to or remain in a state.
Factors such as quality schools, an educated workforce, safe neighborhoods, reasonable property taxes, and safe and reliable roads and bridges top the list of residents’ and employers’ “must haves.” In addition, all residents believe that laying the foundation for a world-class education, police and fire services, and safe roads are core government services. No government service is placed above them. These are the services towns and cities provide — which is why the state budget and aid to towns and cities is so critical for the future of our state.
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May 15, 2015
by Terry Cowgill | May 15, 2015 5:29am
It would be funny if it weren’t such a travesty. In order to appease taxpayers, lawmakers reluctantly agree to limits on revenue or spending. Then they while away the ensuing years trying to avoid the very limits they supported.
May 14, 2015
by Susan Bigelow | May 14, 2015 1:30pm
What’s worse than actual systemic racism? If you’re a Connecticut legislator, pointing out the racial implications of a law is a far worse crime — deserving of actually shutting down half of the legislature for a few hours.