by Barth Keck | Feb 1, 2018 6:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Courts | Education | Opinion | Education Opinion | Poverty | Hartford
William Shakespeare wrote in The Tempest, “Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows” — a quote that has morphed into the modern adage, “Politics makes strange bedfellows.”
The Jan. 17 Connecticut Supreme Court decision overturning Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukhawser’s ruling on public education is a case in point.
Continue reading "OP-ED | Communities, Not Court Decisions, Will Improve Connecticut’s Schools" »
by Christine Stuart | Jan 25, 2018 5:00pm
Posted to: Courts | Education | State Budget | State Capitol | Bridgeport | Hartford | New Haven
HARTFORD, CT — More than a week after Connecticut’s Supreme Court decided that Connecticut’s education system was flawed, but not unconstitutional, one Wall Street firm is says it’s “credit positive” for the state, but not necessarily it’s three biggest cities.
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by Christine Stuart | Jan 18, 2018 12:00am
Posted to: Courts | Education | Equality | Legal
HARTFORD, CT — The state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Connecticut’s education system is imperfect, but not unconstitutional.
The decision may signal the end of 12 years of litigation over whether the state has been providing enough funding for its poorest school districts.
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by Jack Kramer | Jan 12, 2018 6:30am
Posted to: Consumer Protection | Courts | New Haven
NEW HAVEN, CT — Three pharmaceutical opioid distributors asked the Superior Court earlier this month to dismiss the City of New Haven’s lawsuit accusing the companies of indirectly shipping “suspicious” quantities of opioids to the city.
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by Christine Stuart | Jan 9, 2018 6:30am
Posted to: Courts | Election 2018 | Legal | State Capitol | Bloomfield | West Hartford
HARTFORD, CT — Clare Kindall, an assistant attorney general for the past two decades, wants the opportunity to run the Attorney General’s office.
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by Christine Stuart | Jan 8, 2018 2:42pm
Posted to: Courts | Legal
HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced his intention Monday to make Justice Andrew McDonald the first openly gay chief justice of any state in the country.
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by Jack Kramer | Jan 3, 2018 6:29am
Posted to: Child Welfare | Courts | Legal
HARTFORD — During a recent legislative hearing the Department of Children and Families and other entities defended their actions concerning the starvation death of an autistic, non-verbal Hartford teenager, stating it was up to the legislature to change laws to help prevent future tragedies.
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by Jack Kramer | Dec 15, 2017 6:30am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Courts | Equality | Immigration | Legal
HARTFORD, CT — A proposal that would allow some on the sex offender registry to petition to shorten their registration period or apply for removal from the registry was unanimously approved Thursday by the Sentencing Commission.
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by Susan Bigelow | Dec 14, 2017 11:30pm
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Courts | Education | Opinion | Public Health | Poverty | Public Safety
Of all the failures of our systems that led to the death from malnutrition of Matthew Tirado, a nonverbal autistic boy from Hartford, the judicial hearing held in December 2016 is what sticks with me. The Department of Children and Families argued to close Matthew’s case, without providing any evidence for why, and the judge agreed. The hearing took less than a minute. Two months later, Matthew was dead.
This week the Office of the Child Advocate, an essential watchdog agency that reviews cases like this, released its report on Matthew. It’s a hard read; Matthew and his younger sister suffered years of abuse. It culminated in their mother locking cabinets so Matthew couldn’t eat — she claimed he would eat until he made himself sick. He was forced to eat oil and ketchup and what he could find in the garbage, getting worse and worse until his reluctant mother, who knew he was starving, finally called for medical help. It was too late. Matthew died two hours later.
Continue reading "OP-ED | Matthew Tirado’s Lesson: Disabled Children Need a Voice & DCF Must Change" »
by Christine Stuart | Dec 12, 2017 2:18pm
Posted to: Child Welfare | Courts | Education | Juvenile Justice | Hartford
HARTFORD, CT — A teenage boy with autism and intellectual disabilities who died from starvation, dehydration and child abuse was absent from school for years and known to the Department of Children and Families and the Juvenile Court System, which closed his case weeks before his death.
Continue reading "Child Advocate Seeks To Strengthen Safety Net For Children With Disabilities" »