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November 10, 2017

OP-ED | Legendary Coach Loses Battle with Cancer, But Her Spirit Lives On

by Barth Keck | November 10, 2017 5:30am

Published with permission courtesy of Opticon, the H-K Yearbook
Working with high school kids is a privilege that comes with substantial responsibilities. That reality was never lost on Patsy Kamercia, longtime physical-education teacher and field hockey coach at Haddam-Killingworth High School in Higganum.

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October 13, 2017

OP-ED | Connecticut Schools Face Uncertain Future

by Barth Keck | October 13, 2017 4:30am

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The ongoing state budget mess in Hartford has implications beyond the fiscal fallout at the state level. As my colleague Terry Cowgill outlined last week, the future could be bleak for many of Connecticut’s towns if the state ends up foisting drastic changes upon Connecticut’s public schools.

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March 31, 2017

OP-ED | State Sticks It To Towns With Pension Payment Proposal

by Barth Keck | March 31, 2017 4:30am

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The latest education news reminds me of my second year teaching when the citizens of Haddam and Killingworth were engaged in the annual school budget drama.

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May 20, 2016

OP-ED | Not All Teachers Are So Disconsolate

by Barth Keck | May 20, 2016 9:00am

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Teaching is a career that offers intrinsic rewards not often found in other professions. Helping kids learn and watching them succeed is an immensely gratifying experience. So why are some teachers steering people away from the career?

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April 25, 2016

Sharkey Challenged By Member of His Own Party in Hamden

by Jack Kramer | April 25, 2016 2:31pm

Contributed photo Josh Elliott, a 31-year-old Hamden attorney and small business owner, announced Monday that he will challenge House Speaker Brendan Sharkey for his 88th District seat.

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January 14, 2016

Canton Republican Calls for Constitutional Amendment to Protect Open Space

by Steve Majerus-Collins | January 14, 2016 5:30am

Steve Majerus-Collins / CTNewsJunkie Hoping to put an end to late night, last-minute deals that put public lands in jeopardy, a Republican state senator Wednesday called for a constitutional amendment aimed at preserving public lands in perpetuity.

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June 17, 2015

OP-ED | Despite New Challenges, There’s Nothing I’d Rather Do Than Teach High School English

by Barth Keck | June 17, 2015 4:30am


Before this school year began, I questioned the never-ending litany of “education reforms” thrust upon schools, and I offered my own “three-step recipe for education reform in the high school English class.”

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