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January 19, 2018

OP-ED | As a Father and Teacher, I Find Donald Trump Extremely Disturbing

by Barth Keck | January 19, 2018 5:30am

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I am a father and teacher. I am deeply disturbed by President Donald Trump.

My dismay is not political. Instead, it involves his narcissistic and boorish behavior, underscored most recently by his characterization of Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations as “shithole countries.”

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January 18, 2018

Murphy Seeks End to Discriminatory School Discipline Policies

by Peter Urban | January 18, 2018 12:01pm

screengrab WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Murphy on Wednesday said he fears the Trump administration may take “a giant step backwards” when it comes to addressing school discipline policies that fall heaviest on minorities and disabled students.

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January 17, 2018

Supreme Court: Connecticut’s Education System Is Flawed, But Not Unconstitutional

by Christine Stuart | January 17, 2018 11:00pm

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HARTFORD, CT — The state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Connecticut’s education system is imperfect, but not unconstitutional.

The decision may signal the end of 12 years of litigation over whether the state has been providing enough funding for its poorest school districts.

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January 5, 2018

OP-ED | Teacher Pension Predicament Requires Enlightened Solutions

by Barth Keck | January 5, 2018 5:30am

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Each new year offers the potential for a fresh start, but progress in 2018 will be challenging in Connecticut.

At year’s end, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and legislators were still tussling over budget issues, the state continued to lose jobs, and none of the preliminary gubernatorial candidates offered honest solutions to the state’s fiscal quagmire.

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January 2, 2018

OP-ED | The Connecticut Juvenile Training School Is A Symbol

by Abby Anderson | January 2, 2018 12:07pm

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As we’ve consistently said during the two-year period since Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced that Connecticut’s prison for boys, the Connecticut Juvenile Training School (CJTS), would close, the goal should not be simply to close a building. In fact, in many ways CJTS is a symbol. It symbolizes what we believe about youth, their capacity to change, and their worth.

In calling for CJTS to close, we are NOT calling for the kids to simply be released home or to be kept in pre-trial detention. We are calling for the development of a juvenile justice system that works for even the most challenging youth with the most unacceptable behaviors.

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December 19, 2017

Did Someone Say Special Session? Teachers Seek to Restore ECS Funding

by Christine Stuart | December 19, 2017 11:30am

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy wants the General Assembly to address the $208 million budget deficit when they return next week to restore the Medicare Savings Program and the state’s largest teacher union wants them to restore $58 million in education cuts.

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December 15, 2017

DC NEWS JUNKIE | GOP Readies Higher Ed Overhaul; Sandy Hook Remembered; Net Neutrality Repealed

by Peter Urban | December 15, 2017 4:11pm

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The House Education and Workforce Committee met over a span of 11 hours on Tuesday as Democrats sought to block approval of a Republican-sponsored bill that Representative Joe Courtney described as taking a “wrecking ball” to higher education.

In the end, Republicans passed their bill 23-17 with no Democrats in support, putting in jeopardy a popular student loan forgiveness program and leaving in place a prohibition on refinance federal student loans to a lower rate.

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December 14, 2017

OP-ED | Matthew Tirado’s Lesson: Disabled Children Need a Voice & DCF Must Change

by Susan Bigelow | December 14, 2017 10:30pm


Of all the failures of our systems that led to the death from malnutrition of Matthew Tirado, a nonverbal autistic boy from Hartford, the judicial hearing held in December 2016 is what sticks with me. The Department of Children and Families argued to close Matthew’s case, without providing any evidence for why, and the judge agreed. The hearing took less than a minute. Two months later, Matthew was dead.

This week the Office of the Child Advocate, an essential watchdog agency that reviews cases like this, released its report on Matthew. It’s a hard read; Matthew and his younger sister suffered years of abuse. It culminated in their mother locking cabinets so Matthew couldn’t eat — she claimed he would eat until he made himself sick. He was forced to eat oil and ketchup and what he could find in the garbage, getting worse and worse until his reluctant mother, who knew he was starving, finally called for medical help. It was too late. Matthew died two hours later.

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Regents Green Light Community College Consolidation

by Christine Stuart | December 14, 2017 2:07pm

christine stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — (Updated 4 p.m.) The state Board of Regents approved a plan to combine Connecticut’s 12 community colleges into one college with 12 separate campuses in three regions Thursday while warning that the proposal was still a work in progress.

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December 13, 2017

Blumenthal Calls For Passage of Dream Act, But Won’t Shut Down Gov’t To Get It

by Christine Stuart | December 13, 2017 5:30am

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Sen. Richard Blumenthal wouldn’t say Monday whether he would vote to shut down the government if the Republican Party fails to find a path for Dreamers before Congress adjourns later this month.

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