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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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March 25, 2015

OP-ED | It is Time to Place the Public Good Ahead of the Privileged Few

by Timothy Herbst | March 25, 2015 3:00pm

Connecticut residents have weathered their fair share of corruption in government, and as a result hold a certain amount of healthy skepticism for those who hold public office. This is why I am deeply troubled by efforts being undertaken by some elected officials in Bridgeport and Hartford to obfuscate legislation that would prevent a privileged few from financially benefiting from their elected office.

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March 21, 2015

Malloy Says He Won’t Support Charter School Moratorium

by Christine Stuart | March 21, 2015 1:50pm

Evan Lips / New Haven Register photo A day after a public hearing on a bill that would place a two-year moratorium on new charter schools, Democratic Gov. Dannel P Malloy said he wouldn’t support it.

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March 17, 2015

Bill to Keep Sex Offenders Away From Schools Could Cause ‘Chaos,’ Critics Say

by Jordan Fenster | March 17, 2015 10:28am

A bill intended to keep convicted sex offenders away from kids would throw the Connecticut’s sex offender registry into “chaos,” according to the state’s Department of Correction.

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March 12, 2015

Senate Republicans Pitch Urban Agenda; Embrace Parts of Malloy Budget

by Christine Stuart | March 12, 2015 5:24pm

Christine Stuart photo Senate Republicans, who hail from mostly suburban and rural communities, said they have a plan to foster economic growth and development in Connecticut’s urban areas.

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February 4, 2015

Lawmakers To Hear Slot Proposal For Off-Track Betting Facilities

by Hugh McQuaid | February 4, 2015 1:00pm

Shutterstock The Public Safety and Security Committee will hear public testimony Thursday on a proposal to allow slot machines at existing off-track betting facilities located within five miles of I-91 and I-95.

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