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February 10, 2016

School Officials Want The State To Take The Lead On Changing School Start Times

by Jack Kramer | February 10, 2016 12:00pm

shutterstock Educators and officials are nearly unanimous in believing that teenage children would be better students if high school classes started later in the morning.

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OP-ED | More Changes In Education Requirements? Been There, Done That

by Barth Keck | February 10, 2016 9:31am

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We’ve passed the halfway point of the school year and that means one thing for teachers: mid-year evaluation meetings!

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February 5, 2016

OP-ED | FOI Norwalk Style and No Violins For Shankar

by Terry Cowgill | February 5, 2016 5:30am

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Of all the issues that arise in national, state and municipal government, few of them raise my hackles like public officials who try to block access to information that should be available to the public.

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January 25, 2016

Union Wants Change To Teacher Evaluations

by Christine Stuart | January 25, 2016 12:32pm

Christine Stuart photo Connecticut’s largest teachers’ union wants to make sure the new standardized tests for students is not part of any teacher evaluation.

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January 21, 2016

OP-ED | More Divided Than Ever And Not Listening

by Barth Keck | January 21, 2016 3:15pm

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Say the words “gun control” and you’ll get one of two reactions: “It threatens my Second Amendment rights” or “It helps keep guns away from bad guys.”

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January 15, 2016

OP-ED | SCOTUS Case Threatens Student Outcomes

by Erin Benham | January 15, 2016 10:00am

There is an important case working its way through the U.S. Supreme Court that could hurt teachers’ and administrators’ efforts to provide our students the quality public education they deserve. The court on Jan. 11 heard oral arguments in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association (CTA), a lawsuit whose plaintiffs claim is about free speech. In reality, it’s about silencing the voices of all working people by restricting the rights of public employees like myself and my colleagues.

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January 12, 2016

Trial on Landmark Education Funding Lawsuit Begins

by Christine Stuart | January 12, 2016 5:30am

A trial that seeks to answer whether Connecticut provides a suitable and adequate education to all of its public school students begins today in Hartford Superior Court.

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January 11, 2016

OP-ED | Can We See Innovation and Test Scores?

by Tony Ryba | January 11, 2016 5:29am

Although tones, chords and rhythms of music easily appear as pieces of a mathematical system, few see math as music. Any connection between them might seem coincidental and deserving of little more than passing interest relative to measurable educational outcomes.

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January 4, 2016

OP-ED | Hartford Incident Highlights Toxic Influence of Social Media on Policy

by Barth Keck | January 4, 2016 5:29am

“New technologies alter the structure of our interests: the things we think about. They alter the character of our symbols: the things we think with. And they alter the nature of community: the arena in which thoughts develop.”
Neil Postman, Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology


Neil Postman wrote those words in 1993, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a more insightful description of the digital world in 2016.

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December 28, 2015

Debate Over Funding Higher Education Continues

by Rowan Kane | December 28, 2015 5:30am

A recent paper published by New Haven-based think tank, the Connecticut Policy Institute, calls for sweeping changes to how the state funds higher education.

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