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March 17, 2017

OP-ED | Giving Statistics A Bad Name

by Barth Keck | March 17, 2017 5:30am

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When the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced last week that 235,000 new jobs were added in February, the first full month of Donald Trump’s presidency, the response from the White House was predictable.

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March 16, 2017

New Bipartisan Coalition Calls For Action on Education Funding

by Christine Stuart | March 16, 2017 11:30am

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — A new nonprofit organization is trying in a bipartisan manner with “out of the box voices” to convey the urgency of coming up with a formula for how the state funds education.

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March 15, 2017

OP-ED | Setting The Record Straight On A Special Education Co-op

by Kate Roy | March 15, 2017 10:43pm

In his March 15 op-ed, “Confronting the Scheme to Gamble With Connecticut Special Education Funds,” Robert Cotto Jr. makes a number of factually inaccurate claims, and uses a “greatest hits” compilation of logical fallacies, to argue against the creation of a Special Education Predictable Cost Cooperative, which will protect students, improve cost predictability, and increase equity for our state’s school districts and communities.

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Dreamers Get One Step Closer To Accessing College Financial Aid

by Jack Kramer | March 15, 2017 4:00pm

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT - Two bills that would give undocumented immigrant students access to financial aid at Connecticut’s public colleges and universities passed the Higher Education Committee and Employment Advancement Committee Wednesday.

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OP-ED | Confronting the Scheme to Gamble With Connecticut Special Education Funds

by Robert Cotto Jr. | March 15, 2017 5:30am

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As the state considers the risk of adding a new casino, Connecticut must beware of another plan to gamble with funds for students with disabilities. Based on its flawed analysis of special education, the plan could be a jackpot for profiteers and charter school entrepreneurs. We must stop this scheme and consider better alternatives.

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March 13, 2017

Advocacy Group Asks Lawmakers To Consider Taxing Sugary Beverages

by Christine Stuart | March 13, 2017 11:30am

Trong Nguyen via Shutterstock HARTFORD, CT — A progressive advocacy group is recommending the Connecticut General Assembly consider a tax on sugary beverages in order to fund a welfare-to-work program that subsidizes child care for low-income families.

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March 8, 2017

OP-ED | For My Son? Let’s Give Him Every Possible Opportunity to Succeed

by Monisha Lee | March 8, 2017 11:00pm

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As a mother, the thing that’s most important to me is giving my son Sa’Jai every possible opportunity to succeed. He’s only four years old right now, but it’s clear that the education he gets starting at this age will determine the path he takes for the rest of his life.

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March 5, 2017

Lawmakers Look To Ease The ‘Brain Drain’

by Dana Whalen | March 5, 2017 11:39pm

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — A group of legislators hope to head off the “brain drain” from state colleges and universities by providing graduates with a special tax break to give them an incentive to stay in Connecticut or to move here.

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OP-ED | Equal Pay and Equal Say

by Cassandra Lang | March 5, 2017 11:00pm

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March is Women’s History Month, when we honor the vital role women have played in shaping our country. It’s a time for recognizing the strides we’ve made on gender equality and for resolving to correct the injustices that persist.

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March 3, 2017

OP-ED | Will DeVos Impact Connecticut Schools? Not Right Away

by Barth Keck | March 3, 2017 6:30am

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The motivation behind Donald Trump’s cabinet appointments is no mystery. At least not if you listen to the president’s top tactician.

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