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April 17, 2015

OP-ED | State Reps Need to Grow Up and Model the Behavior We Expect From Our Kids

by Sarah Darer Littman | April 17, 2015 6:00pm

When I read that the Judiciary Committee spent most of Monday infighting over a nasty email instead of doing the people’s business, my head exploded. This is the kind of behavior one would expect to see in a middle school cafeteria, not at the state Capitol when important legislation that really matters to people’s lives is at stake.

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OP-ED | Throw the Book at this Budget

by Susan Bigelow | April 17, 2015 8:00am


So the Meriden campus of Middlesex Community College will be saved, but vital public library services may not be. The honor guard for veterans may be spared the axe, but municipal budgets might have to endure the blow. Welcome to the excruciating reality of permanent fiscal crisis.

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OP-ED | The Sub-$15-an-hour Tax: A ‘First’ We Don’t Need

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

Connecticut is the land of many firsts. Some are undoubtedly good: first state with a public library; first woman to be elected governor of a U.S. state “in her own right;” and the first to create a Freedom of Information Commission.

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April 15, 2015

OP-ED | A Plan to Get Hartford’s House In Order

by Luke Bronin | April 15, 2015 10:45pm

As we await Pedro Segarra’s 2016 budget for the city of Hartford, one thing is clear: no matter how the Segarra Administration manages to close the $40 million budget gap next year, Hartford will face the same challenge every year until we make bigger changes.

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April 12, 2015

OP-ED | New York Makes Connecticut Look Like An Educational Shangri-La

by Barth Keck | April 12, 2015 10:48am

Connecticut has been taking a beating lately in the court of public opinion.

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April 10, 2015

OP-ED | On Access to Police Records, the People Have Compromised Too Much Already

by James H. Smith | April 10, 2015 3:15pm

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Our state Supreme Court ruled last summer that all anyone needs to know is the name of someone arrested, the date, and where the arrest took place. That’s it. 911 tapes? No way. Crime scene photos? Absolutely not. Race of the person arrested? Nope. Criminal record of the person arrested? No way. Nada. Nothing.

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OP-ED | Turning Around Low-performing Schools Must be a Top Priority

by Yamuna Menon | April 10, 2015 2:25pm

Improving student achievement in our lowest-performing schools is a challenge faced by states across the nation.

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OP-ED | Push For Tax on Low Wages Would Mean Higher Grocery Bills and Fewer Jobs

by Suzanne Bates | April 10, 2015 1:30pm

Not one, but two legislative committees in Hartford approved bills that would force employers to pay a penalty — a tax, really — for hiring people in our state.

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OP-ED | Why Is UConn Getting In The Way of Affordable Health Benefits For Graduate Assistants?

by Morgan Thomas | April 10, 2015 11:30am

Despite the value of our work as graduate assistants, the University of Connecticut has blocked our efforts to negotiate health benefits on par with other state employees. Having cut and mismanaged our healthcare, they now refuse to sit down with us to look for a better solution.

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OP-ED | Message Over Policy: An Insider’s Look at Education Reform in Connecticut

by Sarah Darer Littman | April 10, 2015 10:00am

Jorge Cabrera, a Bridgeport native, worked as a community organizer for Excel Bridgeport from April 2012 to January of 2015, when his position as community organizer was eliminated as the organization “realigned organizational priorities for improved impact and resource management.” Excel’s 990’s show declining income and increasing staff salaries in the years leading up to Cabrera’s termination.

Excel Bridgeport portrays itself as a community organization to create support for better education. According to its website: “Excel is building a grassroots movement so that all Bridgeport students receive the high quality education they deserve.”

On its 2010 Form 990 the story is slightly different: “Excel is an education reform organization established to accelerate Bridgeport’s progress toward improved student achievement.” Nowhere on the website or in any of its promotional or tax documents does Excel explain that the organization’s primary activity is the promotion of charter schools. After reading Mr. Cabrera’s op-ed in the CTPost, he agreed to an interview. Our Q&A follows. It has been edited for brevity.

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