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August 20, 2015

Education Dept. Releases SBAC Test Data Only to Local School Superintendents

by Christine Stuart | August 20, 2015 5:30am

Early Wednesday morning, Department of Education Deputy Commissioner Ellen Cohen sent an email to every school superintendent in the state to let them know not to share the results of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium exam with anyone.

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July 17, 2015

OP-ED | Progress On The FOI Front: Sunshine Is The Best Disinfectant

by Terry Cowgill | July 17, 2015 5:30am


While the freedom-of-information outlook has often been rather grim during the transparency-challenged Malloy administration, the General Assembly’s regular session finished up with some encouraging news.

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July 15, 2015

Lembo Launches Searchable Budget Transparency Website

by Christine Stuart | July 15, 2015 1:56pm

Christine Stuart photo It’s the second open government website state Comptroller Kevin Lembo has launched and it’s the first that allows the public to view — without having to download clunky PDF files — how the state is spending its budget.

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July 10, 2015

OP-ED | Charter Group Applauds Accountability in Updated Charter Law

by Jeremiah Grace | July 10, 2015 8:00am

Connecticut taxpayers invest in a number of public services that make our lives better — police and fire departments for our communities, public parks, roads, and mass transit, and the single most important investment: public education. Charter schools are a member of that public school system, and this year, state lawmakers changed the law to make them even better for taxpayers, communities, and importantly, the families who need them.

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July 6, 2015

Malloy Signs Bill to Promote Greater Scrutiny of Police Through Disclosure of Arrest Information

by Elizabeth Regan | July 6, 2015 4:52pm

Elizabeth Regan file photo Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed a bill late last week to bring arrest details to light as part of the state’s sunshine law ensuring public access to government records and proceedings.

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June 12, 2015

OP-ED | Keep An Eye Out for Mischief in Implementer When It Comes to Transparency

by Sarah Darer Littman | June 12, 2015 11:00am

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According to the CT General Assembly website, an implementer is a “bill that changes statutes to put into effect or ‘implement’ the provisions of the adopted state budget.”

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June 3, 2015

Bill Paves Way for Access to Arrest Details, Body Camera Images

by Elizabeth Regan | June 3, 2015 4:39pm

Elizabeth Regan photo Against the backdrop of civil unrest in hotspots like Ferguson, Baltimore, and Cleveland, the Connecticut legislature has sent a bill to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy that would allow the public to look more closely at what happens when a person is arrested.

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May 29, 2015

House Sends Arrest Record Compromise To Senate

by Elizabeth Regan | May 29, 2015 6:40pm

Christine Stuart The House unanimously approved a bill Friday that restores public access to certain arrest record information.

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May 11, 2015

OP-ED | Restore Public Accountability Over Law Enforcement Agencies

by Mitchell Pearlman | May 11, 2015 7:44am

Last year, the Connecticut Supreme Court overturned some 20 years of Freedom of Information law when it concluded that police departments need only disclose a bare minimum of arrest information (name, address, date, time and charges) pending prosecution. This ruling applies even if other arrest information is not exempt from public disclosure. The Supreme Court majority itself, however, recognized that its tortured reading of the law is in need of legislative clarification.

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May 1, 2015

Amendment to Arrest Records Bill Catches Transparency Advocates Off Guard

by Elizabeth Regan | May 1, 2015 10:30am

Courtesy of CT.gov The head of the state’s Freedom of Information Commission was among those surprised to learn that a bill that would make arrest information available to the public was amended Monday by the Judiciary Committee.

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