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September 19, 2017

OP-ED | Teacher Choice in a Standards-Obsessed Era

by Nikki Milewski | September 19, 2017 11:30am

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In recent years, educational policy has moved toward increasingly common curricula in an attempt to ensure high-quality standards for all students. The Common Core State Standards caused many states and districts that wanted to compete for federal funding — “Race to the Top” grants under President Obama’s administration — to entirely revamp their current practices. Almost all of the states that rushed to meet the deadline did not win the funding … so was the redesign worth it?

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September 16, 2017

OP-ED | Democratic Leaders Finally Sink Their Own Ship

by Susan Bigelow | September 16, 2017 12:50pm

Only the inept leaders of the majority party of the General Assembly could make a budget so bad that even Connecticut Democrats couldn’t support it.

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September 15, 2017

OP-ED | New Study Finds Influence of Bogus News Outlets Increasing

by Barth Keck | September 15, 2017 5:30am

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Amid the many stories surrounding Hurricane Irma as it approached the United States last week were these inane and downright preposterous items:

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September 14, 2017

Fiscal Dynamics | The State Budget vs. Household Budget Argument

by Brian Sullivan | September 14, 2017 12:08am


People often compare the state budget to a household budget. We hear it all the time:

“If I ran my household like the state, I’d be broke!”

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September 13, 2017

OP-ED | Dominion Won’t Open Its Books, But It’s Ready To Do A Number On The State Budget & Consumers

by Matt Fossen | September 13, 2017 8:57pm


As state leaders reach the home stretch around the negotiating table, several ideas are in the mix to help Connecticut bridge its budget gap. One proposal stands out not only as bad policy but also as a direct hit to residents and businesses.

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September 12, 2017

OP-ED | The Classics Don’t Matter

by Sarah Forte | September 12, 2017 12:28pm

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At the start of each school year, many students tell me that they hate reading. Many say that they haven’t read a book since elementary school. Part of the problem lies with what we’re asking students to read in high school. Students need relevant young adult literature, not the classics. The classics, or the traditional literary canon, tend to be texts that are praised by scholars, stand the test of time, and, as a result, are often taught in classrooms. Young Adult literature, or YAL, is written about young adult situations, with young adult characters, with a young adult audience in mind. YAL is better suited to turn reluctant readers into lifelong readers.

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September 8, 2017

OP-ED | Why Did Lembo Take A Pass On The Governor’s Race?

by Terry Cowgill | September 8, 2017 5:30am

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The only would-be candidate for governor in next year’s elections who has already run successfully for statewide office has pulled out of the race.  When you think about it, it’s not terribly surprising that Comptroller Kevin Lembo bowed out and opted for a re-election bid instead.

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September 7, 2017

OP-ED | Basic Misunderstandings Pervade Public Opinion About Teaching of Writing

by Jason Courtmanche | September 7, 2017 10:00am

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In early August, Dana Goldstein published a back-to-school op-ed in the New York Times that explored the question of why students can’t write well. In her piece, Goldstein examines two national models for writing instruction — the National Writing Project and a newer program called the Writing Revolution.

• EDITOR’S NOTE: English and Social Studies teachers from Manchester High School are working with the Connecticut Writing Project-Storrs at the University of Connecticut as part of the National Writing Project’s College, Career, and Community Writers Program, learning how to better prepare their students for the writing demands they will encounter beyond high school. This is the first in a series of essays from participants in this year’s program.

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OP-ED | Is Overtreatment Really A Thing?

by Ellen Andrews | September 7, 2017 5:30am

There is a growing consensus in health policy circles that overtreatment is the source of all problems in our health care system. Like most common beliefs, there is some truth to it. For example, clinical research is clear that stents inserted into the arteries of people not having a heart attack do nothing to prevent heart attacks or extend life, even a little bit. But hundreds of thousands of Americans get stents inserted every year anyway.

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September 1, 2017

OP-ED | Dunkin Donuts Park: Was it Worth It?

by Susan Bigelow | September 1, 2017 9:00am

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Let me get it out of the way right up front: I didn’t get to see the Hartford Yard Goats play this summer. But man, I wish I had.

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