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June 15, 2018

OP-ED | Homeschooling In CT: As Usual, It Takes A Tragedy To Make Change

by Terry Cowgill | Jun 15, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Education | Opinion | Education Opinion

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It’s a phenomenon like few others I can think of. Let’s say you know someone who opened a school and staffed it with “teachers” who may or may not know much about their subjects and offer few opportunities for the students to interact with one another. And let’s say the teachers aren’t required to report student attendance and the place isn’t even evaluated regularly to make sure a proper learning environment is maintained.

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June 14, 2018

OP-ED | It’s Easy to be Numb to it All - Don’t Be

by Susan Bigelow | Jun 14, 2018 4:00pm
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Congress | Courts | DC News Junkie | Equality | Ethics | Immigration | Law Enforcement | Opinion | White House

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U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro joined Democratic legislators this week in condemning the Trump administration’s ghastly, cruel, and inhumane policy of separating children from their undocumented migrant families. She called it “child abuse.”

But for just about everyone I know, the reaction has been to sigh, shake their heads, and let it pass through them. After all, it’s only one of many soul-destroying, terrifying, and deeply unjust things to happen this week.

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June 13, 2018

Malloy Vetoes DCF Oversight Bill

by Christine Stuart | Jun 13, 2018 1:18pm
Posted to: Child Welfare | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — In the name of preserving executive branch authority, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy vetoed a fifth bill Wednesday that would would have expanded the oversight of a council that monitors the state Department of Children and Families.

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Advocates Dissect Malloy’s Veto of School Expulsion Bill

by Jack Kramer | Jun 13, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Child Welfare | Education | Equality | Legal | Poverty

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HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s decision to veto a bill that some felt would tackle classroom safety by allowing teachers to remove physically violent students prompted a spirited discussion Tuesday.

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June 8, 2018

DeLauro: Trump Policy is ‘Child Abuse’

by Peter Urban | Jun 8, 2018 3:59am
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Congress | Courts | DC News Junkie | Equality | Ethics | Immigration | Public Health | Poverty | Public Safety | White House

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Representative Rosa DeLauro this week slammed President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions over a “zero-tolerance” policy that is separating children from parents who cross the border unlawfully calling it “child abuse” and “immoral at its core.”

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June 6, 2018

Child Advocate’s Subpoenas Provoke Angry Response From Homeschoolers

by Christine Stuart | Jun 6, 2018 3:26pm
Posted to: Child Welfare | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — Some homeschool families rallied at the state Capitol Wednesday to complain that the Child Advocate’s office is scapegoating them by investigating how many homeschooled children have also had interactions with the Department of Children and Families.

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June 1, 2018

OP-ED | 4,645 American Citizens Died, And We Shrugged

by Susan Bigelow | Jun 1, 2018 5:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Consumer Protection | Equality | Opinion | Public Health | Poverty | Public Safety | Weather | White House

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Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico a year ago, but since then most of us here on the mainland have dreamed the disaster away. Here’s something to wake us up: instead of the government’s announced death toll of 64, a study published by the New England Journal of Medicine estimated a staggering 4,645 people were killed by the hurricane or its aftereffects.

Will you remember now?

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Survey Disputes Puerto Rico’s Official Death Toll for Hurricane Maria

by Peter Urban | Jun 1, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Child Welfare | Congress | Consumer Protection | DC News Junkie | Equality | Health Care | Public Health | Poverty | Public Safety | Weather | White House

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A study published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine claims officials in Puerto Rico dramatically downplayed the death toll from Hurricane Maria.

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May 22, 2018

ANALYSIS | Healthcare Questions for Connecticut’s Next Governor

by Ellen Andrews | May 22, 2018 10:15am
Posted to: Analysis | Business | Child Welfare | Consumer Protection | Corporate Watch | Election 2018 | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Insurance | Opinion | Health Care Opinion | Member Opinion | Public Health | Poverty

How will Connecticut’s next governor fix the state’s healthcare system?

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May 11, 2018

ANALYSIS | Legislative Triage: The Winners and Losers of the 2018 Session

by Christine Stuart and Jack Kramer | May 11, 2018 9:56am
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Consumer Protection | Corporate Watch | Election Policy | Equality | Gaming | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Immigration | Insurance | Law Enforcement | Labor | Public Health | Poverty | Public Safety | Sports | State Budget | Transportation | Tribes | Veterans Affairs

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HARTFORD, CT—As another session of the General Assembly comes to a close with a mad scramble against the clock, let’s take a look at some of the bills that passed and others that came up short and will be left up to some future legislature and governor to tackle.

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