October 3, 2014
by Sarah Darer Littman | October 3, 2014 10:00am
I had a very different column planned. In the last week, two polls were released on education, one by Benenson Strategy Group for the charter advocacy group ConnCAN, and another by Hartstad Strategic Research on behalf of a new 527 advocacy group, Democrats for Public Education. I’d planned to compare them because they told such different stories.
ConnCAN’s headline was that “Connecticut voters believe there are urgent problems in the public schools,” and further, claimed “Voters see the status quo as a problem and are looking for the pace of reform to quicken,” and “Connecticut voters are broadly supportive of the elements of reform.”
Meanwhile, the Democrats for Public Education declared: “Those Slamming Public Ed Out-of-Step With Parents & Voters,” and “overall 82 percent of those voters able to rate their local teachers believe them to be excellent, very good, or good.”
“I’ve seen an awful lot of polling through the years, and any politician or elected official would love to have the favorability ratings enjoyed by local public schools and teachers in this survey,” said DPE President Steve Rosenthal. “The facts are on our side, and we are beyond pleased with these findings.”
September 29, 2014
by Christine Stuart | September 29, 2014 2:27pm
Connecticut’s largest teacher’s union endorsed Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s re-election bid after closed-door interviews with Malloy, his Republican challenger Tom Foley and Joe Visconti.
September 26, 2014
by Suzanne Bates | September 26, 2014 1:00pm
It was clear that Brink Lindsey, vice president of research at Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank, was surprised to find himself on the same panel as the well-known progressive activist Ralph Nader.
by Terry D. Cowgill | September 26, 2014 5:30am
Come Nov. 4, there will be a lot people holding their noses in Connecticut. And it won’t be because of the onset of cold and flu season. The two major-party candidates for governor aren’t exactly the most likeable people in the world, but perhaps their enemies in the education establishment are willing to make amends to thwart an even greater nemesis — the other guy.
September 25, 2014
by Christine Stuart | September 25, 2014 11:48pm
The most recent public poll shows Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy doing better than his Republican challenger Tom Foley when it comes to education policy, but Malloy’s campaign wanted to further demonstrate his grasp of the issue.
September 24, 2014
by Hugh McQuaid | September 24, 2014 12:20pm
September 23, 2014
by Christine Stuart | September 23, 2014 12:30pm
September 22, 2014
by Jennifer Alexander | September 22, 2014 2:30pm
Regarding Sarah Darer Littman’s Sept. 19, 2014, op-ed, “Don’t Let Foundation Money Be A Trojan Horse,” the egregious twisting of facts and history buries the important message at the core of Littman’s argument. Sadly, the piece is also a distraction from the real issue at hand, which is improving schools for all children in our state.
by Christine Stuart | September 22, 2014 1:10pm
In its second report of the campaign season, Connecticut’s largest municipal lobby released a document focused on major issues facing pre-K through 12th-grade public school education funding.
September 19, 2014
by Sarah Darer Littman | September 19, 2014 11:00am
I’ve written a great deal — some complain too much — about the corporate education reform issues in our state. It’s gotten to the point where I feel like Cassandra of Greek mythology, but the reason politicians don’t believe me isn’t because I’ve denied them favors like the Cassie of yore. Rather, it’s because I haven’t given them big enough campaign donations.