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April 1, 2016

OP-ED | Closing of UConn’s Torrington Campus Is Tip of the Proverbial Iceberg

by Terry Cowgill | April 1, 2016 4:30am

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As Rahm Emanuel once said while his boss was trying to get Obamacare passed, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” And nothing illustrates it better than the recent announcement by University of Connecticut officials that they’re seriously considering closing their Torrington campus as lawmakers desperately seek savings while in the throes of state’s perpetual budget crisis.

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July 18, 2014

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

by Terry Cowgill | July 18, 2014 4:30am

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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