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April 18, 2014

OP-ED | Are Wall Street Values Right for Schools?

by Sarah Darer Littman | April 18, 2014 9:00am

Last week on a flight back from England, I read Michael Lewis’ latest book, Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt. I found myself highlighting passages, struck by parallels with the corporate education reform movement. It’s not surprising as both industries involve players from high tech and hedge funds — and, of course, the politicians who enable them.

Upon reading this quote from Constantine Sokoloff, a Russian who helped develop NASDAQ’s matching system for buyers and sellers: “The old Soviet educational system channeled people away from the humanities and into math and science,” a political sound bite started playing in my head:

“The president and I believe that ensuring our nation’s children are excelling in the STEM fields is essential for our nation’s prosperity, security, health and quality of life . . . All of us need to be engaged in task of improving STEM education. Business leaders and major donors are leading the way, and leaders from other sectors need to join them.” US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, November 2009

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OP-ED | An Open Letter to ‘Jane Doe,’ The Transgender Girl in an Adult Prison

by Susan Bigelow | April 18, 2014 7:00am

Dear “Jane,”

I feel like we all failed you, and I’m sorry.

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OP-ED | Republicans Should Beware Of Rowland’s Stench

by Terry D. Cowgill | April 18, 2014 5:30am

Could this be the end of the road for former Gov. John G. Rowland? If once again convicted of political and financial malfeasance, will he ever be taken seriously when he’s released from prison a second time? And moreover, will his legal troubles drag down Republican candidates, especially the six running for the privilege of unseating Gov. Dannel P. Malloy?

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April 17, 2014

OP-ED | Easing Restrictions on Nurse Practitioners Will Improve Access to Care

by Nora Duncan, State Director, AARP CT | April 17, 2014 11:28am

With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the expansion of Medicaid, more Connecticut residents than ever before have access to some form of health insurance. But insurance coverage doesn’t always guarantee access to care. By passing Senate Bill 36, Connecticut lawmakers can ensure that more Connecticut residents have access to the care they need.

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April 15, 2014

OP-ED | A Day Everyone Loves To Hate

by Wade Gibson | April 15, 2014 5:30am

Everyone loves to hate taxes. Too high. Too low. Too complicated. The reason for this is simple: our tendency to focus only on what we pay, not how we benefit. What if you considered the cost of your home without considering all the benefits a home brings? Shelter, security, comfort, memories, and more. You might end up hating your home, too. But we love our homes, accepting the costs of homeownership knowing that the benefits far outweigh them.

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April 14, 2014

OP-ED | Canada Prime Minister Pushing Free Market Principles For Single-payer System

by Wendell Potter | April 14, 2014 12:40pm

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — During the year leading up to the 2008 presidential primaries, my insurance industry colleagues and I were working hard to influence the debate on health care reform.

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OP-ED | The Search for Sustainability

by Brian O'Shaughnessy | April 14, 2014 3:30am

Financially inefficient markets are not sustainable. They crash.

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April 11, 2014

OP-ED | Peeling The Assessment Onion

by Margaret Cibes | April 11, 2014 10:00am

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) is the focus of much controversy to date about the testing’s potential effects on state and local governments, with respect to their budgets, on school districts, with respect to their curricula, and on teachers, with respect to their salaries. We need to “peel” the assessment “onion” to look at its potential effects on the core group — the students, who are most directly affected by any testing program.

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OP-ED | Historic Championships Won: Now Pay the Players

by Susan Bigelow | April 11, 2014 9:00am

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It’s been an amazing year for Connecticut basketball. Both the men and women won national championships, making our little state the center of the basketball world. The tournaments were incredibly lucrative for everyone involved — except the actual players.

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OP-ED | Do Women Need Wage Equality Or More Support For The Choices They Make?

by Suzanne Bates | April 11, 2014 8:00am

President Obama earned two Pinnochios from the Washington Post this week for using the oft-cited but misleading statistic that women earn 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. The issue is a favorite for U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, who gave the high-five heard ‘round the country at this year’s State of the Union address when President Obama brought up the wage gap.

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