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.
July 8, 2014
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.
Tags: FUSE, Owen Francis, charter schools, education, Commissioner's Network, dh
by Christine Stuart | July 8, 2014 5:30am
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.