July 25, 2014
by Sarah Darer Littman | July 25, 2014 10:00am
Another week, and another education scandal here in the Nutmeg State. The FBI served subpoenas on charter school operator FUSE last Friday morning, and shortly after their visit Hartford Courant reporters found the receptionist shredding documents. “Asked what was being shredded, she said the documents were associated with the state-subsidized Jumoke charter schools.” Obstruction of justice, anyone?
Meanwhile, after the notoriously opaque state Department of Education declined to issue reporters a copy of their own FBI-issued subpoena, the Courant received this statement Monday from Department of Education spokeswoman Kelly Donnelly: “We have been assured that the department is not a subject of this investigation.” Okay then. That’s clear.
July 23, 2014
by Christine Stuart | July 23, 2014 5:30am
A landmark education funding trial was supposed to start on Sept. 9, but according to the parties involved it will be moved to January 2015 — months after the November election.
July 22, 2014
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.
July 18, 2014
by Christine Stuart | July 18, 2014 10:35am
(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.
Tags: uconn, Title IX, Gloria Allred, lawsuit, susan herbst, dh
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.
July 16, 2014
by Madeline Stocker | July 16, 2014 5:30am
July 11, 2014
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.
July 10, 2014
by Barth Keck | July 10, 2014 11:19pm
by Madeline Stocker | July 10, 2014 5:34pm
(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.
July 9, 2014
by Jhansi Katechia | July 9, 2014 1:20pm
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.