April 22, 2014
by Christine Stuart | April 22, 2014 3:57pm
April 21, 2014
by Christine Stuart | April 21, 2014 5:29am
April 18, 2014
by Sarah Darer Littman | April 18, 2014 9:00am
Last week on a flight back from England, I read Michael Lewis’ latest book, Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt. I found myself highlighting passages, struck by parallels with the corporate education reform movement. It’s not surprising as both industries involve players from high tech and hedge funds — and, of course, the politicians who enable them.
Upon reading this quote from Constantine Sokoloff, a Russian who helped develop NASDAQ’s matching system for buyers and sellers: “The old Soviet educational system channeled people away from the humanities and into math and science,” a political sound bite started playing in my head:
“The president and I believe that ensuring our nation’s children are excelling in the STEM fields is essential for our nation’s prosperity, security, health and quality of life . . . All of us need to be engaged in task of improving STEM education. Business leaders and major donors are leading the way, and leaders from other sectors need to join them.” US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, November 2009
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.