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September 19, 2017

OP-ED | Teacher Choice in a Standards-Obsessed Era

by Nikki Milewski | September 19, 2017 11:30am

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In recent years, educational policy has moved toward increasingly common curricula in an attempt to ensure high-quality standards for all students. The Common Core State Standards caused many states and districts that wanted to compete for federal funding — “Race to the Top” grants under President Obama’s administration — to entirely revamp their current practices. Almost all of the states that rushed to meet the deadline did not win the funding … so was the redesign worth it?

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September 15, 2017

OP-ED | New Study Finds Influence of Bogus News Outlets Increasing

by Barth Keck | September 15, 2017 5:30am

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Amid the many stories surrounding Hurricane Irma as it approached the United States last week were these inane and downright preposterous items:

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September 12, 2017

OP-ED | The Classics Don’t Matter

by Sarah Forte | September 12, 2017 12:28pm

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At the start of each school year, many students tell me that they hate reading. Many say that they haven’t read a book since elementary school. Part of the problem lies with what we’re asking students to read in high school. Students need relevant young adult literature, not the classics. The classics, or the traditional literary canon, tend to be texts that are praised by scholars, stand the test of time, and, as a result, are often taught in classrooms. Young Adult literature, or YAL, is written about young adult situations, with young adult characters, with a young adult audience in mind. YAL is better suited to turn reluctant readers into lifelong readers.

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September 7, 2017

OP-ED | Basic Misunderstandings Pervade Public Opinion About Teaching of Writing

by Jason Courtmanche | September 7, 2017 10:00am

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In early August, Dana Goldstein published a back-to-school op-ed in the New York Times that explored the question of why students can’t write well. In her piece, Goldstein examines two national models for writing instruction — the National Writing Project and a newer program called the Writing Revolution.

• EDITOR’S NOTE: English and Social Studies teachers from Manchester High School are working with the Connecticut Writing Project-Storrs at the University of Connecticut as part of the National Writing Project’s College, Career, and Community Writers Program, learning how to better prepare their students for the writing demands they will encounter beyond high school. This is the first in a series of essays from participants in this year’s program.

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September 1, 2017

Murphy Backs Plan For Free College

by Jack Kramer | September 1, 2017 4:18pm

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie NEW HAVEN, CT — As one of the youngest members of the U.S. Senate, Chris Murphy’s message resonated with a group of students, faculty and administrators at a roundtable discussion Friday on the cost of college at Southern Connecticut State University.

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OP-ED | Through Challenging Times, Connecticut Teachers Teach - Always

by Barth Keck | September 1, 2017 5:30am

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The new school year has just begun. As a teacher, I’ve seen many beginnings to school years — 27, to be exact — but I can’t remember a more volatile environment at the start.

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August 23, 2017

UConn Opens Hartford Campus

by Jack Kramer | August 23, 2017 1:54pm

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — “UConn Nation” was on full display Wednesday as hundreds of Husky fans swarmed Prospect Street to witness the unveiling of their downtown Hartford campus at the site of the former Hartford Times building.

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August 18, 2017

Malloy Adjusts His Executive Order, Cancels PILOT Payment & Zeroes Out ECS for 85 Towns

by Christine Stuart | August 18, 2017 1:15pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — (Updated 2:30 p.m.) Gov. Dannel P. Malloy would zero out education funding for 85 communities, reduce education funding for 54 communities, and the state’s 30 neediest communities would receive the same amount of education funding they did last year. That’s if the General Assembly is unable to pass a budget before October.

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OP-ED | State Bill Endorses Media Literacy for Students; Adults Need It, Too

by Barth Keck | August 18, 2017 5:30am

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While Connecticut legislators and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy were busy with budget battles this summer, other news from Hartford slipped through the cracks.

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August 17, 2017

Lawmakers On Track To Make This The Longest Budget Debate In History

by Christine Stuart | August 17, 2017 5:30am

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — With summer vacations ongoing and no final product to debate, House Democratic legislative leaders told their members to keep the week of September 11 open for a possible budget vote.

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