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May 27, 2015

Senators Vote to Ban Physical Restraint and Seclusion As Form of Discipline

by Elizabeth Regan | May 27, 2015 5:20pm

Elizabeth Regan State senators on Wednesday showed overwhelming support for a bill to ban physical restraint and seclusion of public school students except in emergencies.

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May 22, 2015

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Courtney Wants Schools to Serve More Milk; Larson Heading to Cuba

by Jordan Fenster | May 22, 2015 6:30am

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If Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, had his way, Americans would drink more milk. And apparently it’s an issue that reaches across aisles.

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OP-ED | Free College For All and Must The Ed Commish Be An Educator?

by Terry Cowgill | May 22, 2015 5:30am

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Two education initiatives caught my eye recently. The first, a bill that would require the state education commissioner to have significant classroom and school administrative experience, has cleared the House and is headed to the Senate. I’m trying hard to feel reassured but for some reason that’s not happening.

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May 21, 2015

OP-ED | How Much Do We Need Standardized Tests? There’s No Clear Answer

by Susan Bigelow | May 21, 2015 8:00am

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Students and teachers agree: standardized tests are a misery. But are they a necessary misery?

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May 20, 2015

Teachers Union Asks Lawmakers To Study Impact of SBAC Test

by Christine Stuart | May 20, 2015 12:52pm

Christine Stuart photo The first year of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium testing isn’t completed, but the state’s largest teachers union is asking state lawmakers to study its continued use as a statewide assessment.

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OP-ED | A State Without Poetry, or Quite a State?

by Robert Rennie McQuilkin and Susan Ballek | May 20, 2015 10:00am

Courtesy of the Hill-Stead Museum As museums and history organizations across the state of Connecticut brace for budget cuts, we contemplate where in the order of priorities fall the arts and humanities. Is poetry a luxury or a staple of human mental health and spirit?

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OP-ED | Show Me The (Charter Management Fee) Money!

by Robert Cotto Jr. | May 20, 2015 7:59am

When traditional schools pay their bills to educate kids, they usually don’t have much money, if any, remaining. When charter schools pay their bills, they often have money left over to spend. How much? It depends on the school. For a number of charter schools, roughly 10 percent of all of public dollars meant for educating children in these schools go to pay fees for private companies called “charter management organizations.” That’s a problem.

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Affirmative Consent Bill Clears Senate

by Christine Stuart | May 20, 2015 12:15am

The Senate gave approval Tuesday to a bill that would require all Connecticut colleges and universities to adopt a “yes, means yes” policy when it comes to sexual consent.

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May 19, 2015

Senate, House Pass Bills To Help Connecticut’s Dreamers

by Christine Stuart | May 19, 2015 9:45pm

Christine Stuart photo They won the right to pay in-state tuition in 2011 and on Tuesday Connecticut’s undocumented students got one step closer to accessing $100 million in financial aid.

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May 18, 2015

OP-ED | Enact a State Budget That Protects Property Taxpayers

by Joe DeLong | May 18, 2015 6:45pm

While other factors have significance, quality of life issues are the most important factors residents and businesses weigh when determining whether to relocate to or remain in a state.

Factors such as quality schools, an educated workforce, safe neighborhoods, reasonable property taxes, and safe and reliable roads and bridges top the list of residents’ and employers’ “must haves.” In addition, all residents believe that laying the foundation for a world-class education, police and fire services, and safe roads are core government services. No government service is placed above them. These are the services towns and cities provide — which is why the state budget and aid to towns and cities is so critical for the future of our state.

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