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March 22, 2013

OP-ED | Legislate Based On Research, Not Hyperbole

by Sarah Darer Littman | March 22, 2013 11:00am

Earlier this week, Rae Ann Knopf of the Connecticut Council for Education Reform wrote an op-ed opposing raised bill SB 1097, urging Connecticut to “stay strong” in support of the so-called Big Six corporate education reform agenda. Other than a lot of dramatic hyperbole, she neglected to actually say much about what was the matter with the bill.

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January 24, 2013

OP-ED | An Expensive ‘Gift’ for Taxpayers Without Accountability

by Sarah Darer Littman | January 24, 2013 2:43pm

While receiving additional money for schools is always a cause for celebration, it’s worth taking notice when a small group of people accept a grant that results in additional costs for the state’s taxpayers without that grant having been voted upon by an elected body. It’s also worth taking notice when, in fact, the grant is purposely structured in such a way to avoid the scrutiny of an elected body. Back in December, when everyone was applauding the $5 million grant the Gates Foundation made to Hartford Schools, I had a few questions, particularly about MAP testing, and the expense of its associated technology.

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August 23, 2012

OP-ED | No H8 In My Backyard

by Sarah Darer Littman | August 23, 2012 7:28pm

One of my more vivid memories of childhood was my first encounter with blatant anti-Semitism. A previously mild-mannered friend came into school and said to me and a friend, “YOU KILLED JESUS!” I still remember the anger and hatred on her face, and the utter and complete confusion I felt after her sudden, inexplicable transformation from friend to accuser.

“But I couldn’t have,” I protested, confused and deeply hurt by her words. “I wasn’t even born then!”

Even at the age of eight, in all my innocence and naiveté, I was trying to combat irrational hatred and bigotry with logic and facts.

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