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June 29, 2015

Connecticut Tribes Denied Second Chance to Petition for Sovereignty

by Madeline Stocker | June 29, 2015 11:08pm

Christine Stuart photo Flanked by U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Monday that Indian tribes in Connecticut who had previously been denied federal recognition would not be given a second bite at the apple.

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June 22, 2015

CBIA Calls On Financial Expert and Nonprofit Leader to Promote Corporate Tax Cuts

by Elizabeth Regan | June 22, 2015 4:58pm

Elizabeth Regan photo Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has said it. Advocates for those with developmental and intellectual disabilities have said it. Labor union representatives have said it. 

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June 17, 2015

8 Years After New Haven, Hartford Adopts Municipal ID Card Program

by Madeline Stocker | June 17, 2015 5:15pm

City of New Haven In September undocumented immigrants living in Hartford will be able to apply for the city’s newly-approved municipal identification card program.

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May 31, 2015

OP-ED | Don’t Cut $5 Million From Underfunded Bridgeport Public Schools

by Jorge Cabrera | May 31, 2015 12:56am

On June 3 the Connecticut General Assembly will close the legislative session and hanging in the balance is $5 million in much-needed funding for the Bridgeport public schools.

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May 29, 2015

OP-ED | When Low-Wage Workers Are Paid More, Everyone Benefits

by Heather McGhee | May 29, 2015 12:00pm

Is Connecticut one of the richest states in the nation? It depends on who you ask.

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May 20, 2015

OP-ED | Show Me The (Charter Management Fee) Money!

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

Democrats Fire Back at Klarides

by Christine Stuart | May 18, 2015 5:30am

Hugh McQuaid file photo Connecticut Democrats called House Republican leader Themis Klarides a hypocrite Friday for making an appearance on a nationally syndicated radio show to criticize the governor shortly after she’d suggested he was spending too much time on the national stage.

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May 14, 2015

OP-ED | Racial Anxieties, Not Malloy, To Blame for Legislative Upset

by Susan Bigelow | May 14, 2015 1:30pm

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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.

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May 8, 2015

OP-ED | Forum Shows Connecticut Is Making Progress On Race, Justice & Law Enforcement

by Joette Katz | May 8, 2015 2:27pm

The nation has been shaken by the injustices witnessed in states and cities across our country of high-profile police custody deaths involving minorities — most often African American young men.

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April 10, 2015

OP-ED | Message Over Policy: An Insider’s Look at Education Reform in Connecticut

by Sarah Darer Littman | April 10, 2015 10:00am

Jorge Cabrera, a Bridgeport native, worked as a community organizer for Excel Bridgeport from April 2012 to January of 2015, when his position as community organizer was eliminated as the organization “realigned organizational priorities for improved impact and resource management.” Excel’s 990’s show declining income and increasing staff salaries in the years leading up to Cabrera’s termination.

Excel Bridgeport portrays itself as a community organization to create support for better education. According to its website: “Excel is building a grassroots movement so that all Bridgeport students receive the high quality education they deserve.”

On its 2010 Form 990 the story is slightly different: “Excel is an education reform organization established to accelerate Bridgeport’s progress toward improved student achievement.” Nowhere on the website or in any of its promotional or tax documents does Excel explain that the organization’s primary activity is the promotion of charter schools. After reading Mr. Cabrera’s op-ed in the CTPost, he agreed to an interview. Our Q&A follows. It has been edited for brevity.

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