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July 25, 2014

OP-ED | Another Week, Another Scandal

by Sarah Darer Littman | July 25, 2014 10:00am

Another week, and another education scandal here in the Nutmeg State. The FBI served subpoenas on charter school operator FUSE last Friday morning, and shortly after their visit Hartford Courant reporters found the receptionist shredding documents. “Asked what was being shredded, she said the documents were associated with the state-subsidized Jumoke charter schools.” Obstruction of justice, anyone?

Meanwhile, after the notoriously opaque state Department of Education declined to issue reporters a copy of their own FBI-issued subpoena, the Courant received this statement Monday from Department of Education spokeswoman Kelly Donnelly: “We have been assured that the department is not a subject of this investigation.” Okay then. That’s clear.

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July 23, 2014

Landmark Education Trial Pushed Back To January

by Christine Stuart | July 23, 2014 5:30am

Courtesy of CT-N A landmark education funding trial was supposed to start on Sept. 9, but according to the parties involved it will be moved to January 2015 — months after the November election.

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July 22, 2014

OP-ED | ‘Solutions’ For Broken Schools Are Simple . . . Except In The Real World

by Barth Keck | July 22, 2014 11:00am

Schools are broken. We have to fix them. What can we possibly do?

Well, the fundamental job of schools is performed by teachers. So teachers must be the problem. Let’s fix the teachers.

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July 18, 2014

UConn Settles Title IX Complaint for $1.3M

by Christine Stuart | July 18, 2014 10:35am

Christine Stuart photo (Updated 2:55 p.m.)The University of Connecticut has agreed to pay $1.3 million to settle the federal Title IX lawsuit filed last year by five female students who claimed that the school ignored their rape and sexual harassment complaints, according to a joint statement Friday from the university and the students.

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OP-ED | Reformers Beware: Tenure Elimination No Panacea For Failing Schools

by Terry D. Cowgill | July 18, 2014 5:30am

Like a prairie fire in the middle of a drought, the movement to repeal or reform the nation’s teacher tenure laws is spreading rapidly. Emboldened by a court decision in California last month that ruled tenure a violation of the state constitution’s prohibition against discrimination, parent activists are mobilizing elsewhere to launch similar challenges, with one filed recently in New York and another in the works here in Connecticut.

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July 16, 2014

National Group Organizing Against Common Core Is Coming to Connecticut

by Madeline Stocker | July 16, 2014 5:30am

Screengrab Conservative media personality Glenn Beck will host a program next week to help communities across America organize against the Common Core State Standards.

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July 11, 2014

OP-ED | Charter Advocates Give New Meaning To ‘Chutzpah’

by Sarah Darer Littman | July 11, 2014 8:00am

Chutzpah: unbelievable gall; insolence; audacity

The traditional definition of chutzpah is someone who kills his mother and father and then claims being an orphan as a mitigating circumstance.

I’ve been reminded of this word constantly as the FUSE/Jumoke charter scandal unfolded over the last two weeks.

L’Affaire Sharpe has been quite astonishing, because as a mere mortal, not a Crony of Dan Malloy or part of of the Charter Chicanery Circus, I underwent more due diligence than Sharpe to become a creative writing instructor for an after-school program at one of the local elementary schools for the non-hefty fee of a few hundred bucks.

To teach this Afters program, run by the Cos Cob Elementary School PTA, I had to undergo a criminal background check.

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July 10, 2014

OP-ED | Latest News & Scandals Demonstrate Basic Fact: Perfect Schools Do Not Exist

by Barth Keck | July 10, 2014 11:19pm

School’s out for summer, but education is still making news:

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‘Hartford Kids Can’t Wait’

by Madeline Stocker | July 10, 2014 5:34pm

Madeline Stocker photo (Updated 10:32 a.m. Friday) Hartford parents, children, and education activists marched Thursday on the state Department of Education to rally against what they defined as the “egregiously inadequate” educational opportunities for Hartford’s minority students.

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July 9, 2014

Common Core Opponents Voice Their Opposition

by Jhansi Katechia | July 9, 2014 1:20pm

Hugh McQuaid photo A handful of parents — some of whom were wearing red T-shirts that read “Stop the Common Core in CT” — expressed their opposition to implementation of the Common Core State Standards at the state Board of Education meeting Wednesday.

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