October 17, 2014
by Sarah Darer Littman | October 17, 2014 11:57am
Last Friday, I attended the funeral of a much-loved relative, a brilliant man who had a long, successful career as an international tax partner at a Big Four accounting firm. One thing that struck me while listening to a succession of moving eulogies, particularly as a political writer living in “Corrupticut,” was the number of times people used the word “integrity” in describing him.
Sadly, integrity is a trait that’s increasingly rare in politics. In fact, in the last 24 months, I’ve begun to despair that we will ever shed our state’s reputation for an ingrained culture of political malfeasance.
Integrity isn’t a partisan issue — or at least it shouldn’t be. I’m sick of hearing political figures decry corruption in the other party, while remaining silent about unethical folks in their own.
July 21, 2014
by Christine Stuart | July 21, 2014 6:48pm
He’s the head of the Republican Governors Association and a potential 2016 presidential nominee. And controversy seems to follow New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wherever he goes.
May 28, 2014
by Christine Stuart | May 28, 2014 5:29am
(Updated 7:38 a.m.) The price of admission to the Democratic Governors Association Northeastern Policy Conference in Greenwich isn’t prominently listed on its website, like it was in December for a similar event in Hartford.
March 22, 2013
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.
Tags: CCER, Teacher Evaluations, SB1097, Sarah Darer Littman, VAM, MET, Thomas Scarice, Madison, PEAC, Big Six, JoAnn Bartoletti, NASSP, RTTT, dh
January 24, 2013
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.
August 23, 2012
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.