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July 22, 2014

OP-ED | ‘Solutions’ For Broken Schools Are Simple . . . Except In The Real World

by Barth Keck | July 22, 2014 11:00am

Schools are broken. We have to fix them. What can we possibly do?

Well, the fundamental job of schools is performed by teachers. So teachers must be the problem. Let’s fix the teachers.

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July 18, 2014

UConn Settles Title IX Complaint for $1.3M

by Christine Stuart | July 18, 2014 10:35am

Christine Stuart photo (Updated 2:55 p.m.)The University of Connecticut has agreed to pay $1.3 million to settle the federal Title IX lawsuit filed last year by five female students who claimed that the school ignored their rape and sexual harassment complaints, according to a joint statement Friday from the university and the students.

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OP-ED | Reformers Beware: Tenure Elimination No Panacea For Failing Schools

by Terry D. Cowgill | July 18, 2014 5:30am

Like a prairie fire in the middle of a drought, the movement to repeal or reform the nation’s teacher tenure laws is spreading rapidly. Emboldened by a court decision in California last month that ruled tenure a violation of the state constitution’s prohibition against discrimination, parent activists are mobilizing elsewhere to launch similar challenges, with one filed recently in New York and another in the works here in Connecticut.

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July 16, 2014

National Group Organizing Against Common Core Is Coming to Connecticut

by Madeline Stocker | July 16, 2014 5:30am

Screengrab Conservative media personality Glenn Beck will host a program next week to help communities across America organize against the Common Core State Standards.

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July 11, 2014

OP-ED | Charter Advocates Give New Meaning To ‘Chutzpah’

by Sarah Darer Littman | July 11, 2014 8:00am

Chutzpah: unbelievable gall; insolence; audacity

The traditional definition of chutzpah is someone who kills his mother and father and then claims being an orphan as a mitigating circumstance.

I’ve been reminded of this word constantly as the FUSE/Jumoke charter scandal unfolded over the last two weeks.

L’Affaire Sharpe has been quite astonishing, because as a mere mortal, not a Crony of Dan Malloy or part of of the Charter Chicanery Circus, I underwent more due diligence than Sharpe to become a creative writing instructor for an after-school program at one of the local elementary schools for the non-hefty fee of a few hundred bucks.

To teach this Afters program, run by the Cos Cob Elementary School PTA, I had to undergo a criminal background check.

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July 10, 2014

OP-ED | Latest News & Scandals Demonstrate Basic Fact: Perfect Schools Do Not Exist

by Barth Keck | July 10, 2014 11:19pm

School’s out for summer, but education is still making news:

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‘Hartford Kids Can’t Wait’

by Madeline Stocker | July 10, 2014 5:34pm

Madeline Stocker photo (Updated 10:32 a.m. Friday) Hartford parents, children, and education activists marched Thursday on the state Department of Education to rally against what they defined as the “egregiously inadequate” educational opportunities for Hartford’s minority students.

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July 9, 2014

Common Core Opponents Voice Their Opposition

by Jhansi Katechia | July 9, 2014 1:20pm

Hugh McQuaid photo A handful of parents — some of whom were wearing red T-shirts that read “Stop the Common Core in CT” — expressed their opposition to implementation of the Common Core State Standards at the state Board of Education meeting Wednesday.

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July 8, 2014

OP-ED | Sort Out the FUSE Problems, But Don’t Forget the Kids

by Owen Francis | July 8, 2014 3:53pm

We’ve seen a lot of news in the last few weeks about problems with Family Urban Schools of Excellence (FUSE) and their operation of schools in Hartford. But in all of the coverage, there has not been much talk about the students, like my own kids, whose school districts had failed them and whose lives have been changed for the better by attending a Connecticut charter school.

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Hillary Clinton Speaking Fee Raises Questions About UConn Foundation Transparency

by Christine Stuart | July 8, 2014 5:30am

Megan Merrigan file photo Last week, the Washington Post reported that former Secretary of the State Hillary Clinton was paid more than $251,250 to speak to 2,300 students at the University of Connecticut in April. The news has at least two gubernatorial candidates crying foul, while Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the foundation defended the decision.

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