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October 23, 2014

OP-ED | On Responsibility, Sports, and Parenting

by Barth Keck | October 23, 2014 8:00am

As a Baltimore native and lifelong Orioles fan, I was disappointed with their recent elimination from the playoffs. Nevertheless, I was heartened by their successful season, especially since prognosticators gave them no chance of winning anything this year.

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October 3, 2014

OP-ED | ‘Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics’

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.”

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September 29, 2014

Largest Education Association Endorses Malloy After One Committee Says Not To Endorse

by Christine Stuart | September 29, 2014 2:27pm

Christine Stuart file photo 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.

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September 26, 2014

OP-ED | Sometimes We Can Just All Get Along

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.

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OP-ED | For Teachers: The Devil You Know vs. The Devil You Don’t

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.

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September 25, 2014

Malloy Stands His Ground on Education Policy

by Christine Stuart | September 25, 2014 11:48pm

Christine Stuart photo 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.

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September 24, 2014

Democratic Lawmakers Criticize Foley’s Education Policies; Foley Defends Market Approach

by Hugh McQuaid | September 24, 2014 12:20pm

Hugh McQuaid photo (Updated 2:56 p.m.) Legislative Democrats mocked a set of education policies outlined by Tom Foley, saying the Republican governor candidate has failed to provide substantive proposals.

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September 23, 2014

Gubernatorial Candidates Focus On Education In Latest Ads

by Christine Stuart | September 23, 2014 12:30pm

This week, two of the three gubernatorial candidates, have decided to focus on education policy in their TV ads and, like the candidates, the ads are vastly different.

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September 22, 2014

OP-ED | Let’s Develop Solutions to Connecticut’s Toughest Problems

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.

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Connecticut’s Municipal Lobby Focuses on Education Funding

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.

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