April 11, 2014
by Margaret Cibes | April 11, 2014 10:00am
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) is the focus of much controversy to date about the testing’s potential effects on state and local governments, with respect to their budgets, on school districts, with respect to their curricula, and on teachers, with respect to their salaries. We need to “peel” the assessment “onion” to look at its potential effects on the core group — the students, who are most directly affected by any testing program.
Tags: Margaret Cibes, math, assessment, SBAC, dh
by Susan Bigelow | April 11, 2014 9:00am
It’s been an amazing year for Connecticut basketball. Both the men and women won national championships, making our little state the center of the basketball world. The tournaments were incredibly lucrative for everyone involved — except the actual players.
Tags: ncaa, uconn basketball, uconn women, Shabazz Napier, unions, Susan Bigelow, dh
April 10, 2014
by Jennifer Alexander | April 10, 2014 8:51am
Last week, the State Board of Education took a stand for Connecticut’s children and approved four new public charter schools. As a result of that historic decision, thousands of children will have access to the high-quality education they deserve.
April 9, 2014
by Christine Stuart | April 9, 2014 2:11pm
(Updated 3:49 p.m.) Sen. President Donald Williams and House Speaker Brendan Sharkey announced plans Wednesday to use $10 million from Tobacco Settlement funds and $10 million in bonding every year for the next 10 years to implement a universal preschool program.
Tags: Donald Williams, Brendan Sharkey, preschool, pre-K, Beth Bye, Tobacco Settlement, bonding, dh
by Christine Stuart | April 9, 2014 10:03am
A new report released Wednesday by Connecticut Voices for Children concludes that children attending charter schools are more racially isolated than students attending local public schools. Meanwhile, interdistrict magnet and technical schools are meeting state integration standards.
by Barth Keck | April 9, 2014 5:30am
April 4, 2014
by Sarah Darer Littman | April 4, 2014 9:29am
Wednesday was a discouraging day for democracy. The Supreme Court voted 5-4 in McCutcheon v. FEC to lift aggregate individual campaign contribution limits.
Chief Justice Roberts wrote, in a majority decision that appears to be blindingly oblivious to political realities: “The Government has a strong interest, no less critical to our democratic system, in combating corruption and its appearance. We have, however, held that this interest must be limited to a specific kind of corruption — quid pro quo corruption — in order to ensure that the Government’s efforts do not have the effect of restricting the First Amendment right of citizens to choose who shall govern them.”
Justice Stephen Breyer dissented from the bench: “If the court in Citizens United opened a door, today’s decision may well open a floodgate.”
Indeed. A floodgate in which the voices of ordinary citizens will be drowned out even more than they have been already.
March 25, 2014
by Jason Courtmanche | March 25, 2014 6:25pm
On Thursday, March 20, my colleague, geology professor Robert Thorson, published a well-intentioned piece in his regular column in The Hartford Courant in which he defended the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.
March 21, 2014
by Christine Stuart | March 21, 2014 3:28pm
by Hugh McQuaid | March 21, 2014 12:50pm