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April 11, 2014

OP-ED | Peeling The Assessment Onion

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.

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OP-ED | Historic Championships Won: Now Pay the Players

by Susan Bigelow | April 11, 2014 9:00am

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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.

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April 10, 2014

OP-ED | The Future of Our Children Is In Legislative Hands

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.

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April 9, 2014

Democratic Lawmakers Unveil Their Own Preschool Initiative

by Christine Stuart | April 9, 2014 2:11pm

Christine Stuart photo (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.

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Report Claims Choice Schools Are ‘Hyper-Segregated’

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.

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OP-ED | Common Core Appears to Miss the Boat on Common Technology

by Barth Keck | April 9, 2014 5:30am

Of all the units I teach in my Media Literacy class, “Media and Technology” is my favorite because it’s timely and ever-changing. Plus, my students — cell phones perpetually in their clutches — can readily relate.

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April 4, 2014

OP-ED | A Discouraging Day for Democracy and Education

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.

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March 25, 2014

OP-ED | Support for CCSS Fueled By Misinformation

by Jason Courtmanche | March 25, 2014 6:25pm

On Thursday, March 20, my colleague, geology professor Robert Thorson, published a well-intentioned piece in his regular column in The Hartford Courant in which he defended the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

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March 21, 2014

Rojas Questions Sharkey’s ‘Reverse PILOT’ Proposal

by Christine Stuart | March 21, 2014 3:28pm

Christine Stuart photo He might be the Speaker of the House, but Brendan Sharkey’s proposal to get private colleges and hospitals to pay property taxes to municipalities is not a slam dunk.

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Child Abuse Prevention Advocate Lobbies For Passage of ‘Erin’s Law’

by Hugh McQuaid | March 21, 2014 12:50pm

Hugh McQuaid Photo A group of state lawmakers and a national advocate spoke Friday in favor of passage of a bill known as “Erin’s Law,” which requires that school children be taught to report sexual abuse by adults.

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