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January 29, 2015

OP-ED | Unfunded Mandates And The Towns That Hate Them

by Susan Bigelow | January 29, 2015 7:00pm

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Whoever thought stormwater would ever be such a contentious issue? But new state regulations on just that have been at the center of the latest round of contention between the state and our municipalities, all because of unfunded mandates.

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January 27, 2015

OP-ED | Missing the Joke - the Science of Satire

by Barth Keck | January 27, 2015 10:30pm

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Recently, several of my students were confused by a question on a Media Literacy test.

The question involved a cartoon by Andy Singer titled “Advertising in Literature” in which he imagines classic novels like “The Grapes of Wrath” incorporating statements such as, “Tom Joad leaned down and untied the laces of his new yellow Nike Air Jordans.”

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January 22, 2015

OP-ED | A Call to Action for Children

by Ellen Shemitz | January 22, 2015 6:15pm

I applaud President Obama for his State of the Union remarks this week for at least two reasons. First, he laid out the economic imperative of investing in the health and education of our children. Second, he called for specific policies that will make a concrete difference for children and families today and into the future — nationally and in Connecticut.

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January 21, 2015

Push For New Apprenticeship Gets Support From Three Lawmakers

by Hugh McQuaid | January 21, 2015 1:48pm

Hugh McQuaid Photo A small group of lawmakers and advocates began a difficult push Wednesday — asking the state to help fund a new apprenticeship program during a session when the legislature is focused on making difficult budget cuts.

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January 13, 2015

Malloy Reaches Out To For-Profit Hospital Chain

by Christine Stuart | January 13, 2015 5:30am

Courtesy of Waterbury Hospital In December, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy had little hope that a private hospital chain would come back to the table to buy five Connecticut hospitals, but on Monday he extended an invitation to the CEO of the Texas-based chain to sit down with his chief of staff.

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January 9, 2015

OP-ED | Where’s the Accountability? Anyone?

by Sarah Darer Littman | January 9, 2015 8:00am

Dumping embarrassing news on the eve of a holiday is becoming a habit for the Malloy’s administration — and there’s been plenty of it to ring in the inauguration of his second term.

Late last Friday it was the release of the FUSE/Jumoke investigation report, which revealed financial mismanagement, nepotism, and misuse of public funds by a charter operator lauded by the Malloy administration. But the most disturbing part of this whole affair is that it reveals how millions of our taxpayer dollars are being handed out to private entities with little or no due diligence based on the recommendation of a closed, closely entwined loop of foundations, political allies, and corporate beneficiaries.

What investigating attorney Frederick L. Dorsey left out of his report, perhaps because he was hired by the state Department of Education, is how the department and the state Board of Education and so many others enabled Michael Sharpe in his unethical endeavors.

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January 8, 2015

Connecticut Education Activists Continue Push to Address ‘Failing’ Schools

by Jennifer Swift | January 8, 2015 5:30am

Jennifer Swift photo Among topics noted by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in his inauguration and State of the State speeches Wednesday was education.

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January 5, 2015

Hartford Charter School Plagued By ‘Rampant Nepotism’

by Christine Stuart | January 5, 2015 1:08pm

Late Friday afternoon the state Education Department released a 99-page investigation by a special investigator it hired to look into the finances, governance, familial relationships, property, and operations of a Hartford charter school organization.

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Municipalities Will Focus on Property Tax Relief, Education Finance Reform, Infrastructure

by Christine Stuart | January 5, 2015 12:13pm

Christine Stuart photo Connecticut’s largest municipal lobby is hoping that property tax reform, education finance reform, and infrastructure investment are part of the legislative agenda this year.

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Bill to Make UConn Foundation More Transparent Has Bipartisan Support

by Christine Stuart | January 5, 2015 5:29am

Courtesy of the Republican caucus It wasn’t the recent boost in salary for the University of Connecticut’s president that prompted state Rep. Gail Lavielle to propose legislation to require more transparency from the University of Connecticut Foundation.

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