May 3, 2013
by Christine Stuart | May 3, 2013 5:30am
by Sarah Darer Littman | May 3, 2013 5:30am
When my son registered to vote two years ago this month, he wanted to register unaffiliated. “Both parties are just corporate shills,” he said.
I had a hard time disagreeing with that point of view, but I talked him out of it with the same words my father told me thirty years earlier, when I was a new voter: “You should always join a party in a closed primary state so you can vote in a primary.”
My son listened to me, as I listened to Dad. So he was shocked when I told him that I’d gone to Town Hall this week and changed my registration from Democrat to Unaffliated in the final stage of my journey to disgust and disillusionment with the two party system.
“Welcome to my world,” he said.
April 22, 2013
by Megan Merrigan | April 22, 2013 4:25pm
by Megan Merrigan | April 22, 2013 12:48pm
Reporters, professors, and Lt. Paul Vance gathered at the University of Connecticut last week to discuss the role of accuracy, respect, and social media in the coverage of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
April 18, 2013
by Hugh McQuaid | April 18, 2013 4:02pm
The Senate gave final passage Thursday to legislation responding to last year’s Board of Regents compensation scandal by giving the governing board of the state’s public universities the ability to choose its own president.
Tags: Board of Regents, beth bye, higher education, mckinney, Hugh McQuaid, dh
April 16, 2013
by Hugh McQuaid | April 16, 2013 4:58pm
by Christine Stuart | April 16, 2013 1:21pm
Retired teachers brought apples to the Legislative Office Building on Tuesday to ask their former students, who are now state legislators, to continue funding their health benefits account.
April 11, 2013
by Hugh McQuaid | April 11, 2013 2:36pm
Dozens of charter school advocates rallied Thursday outside the state Capitol asking the legislature to restore funding for the state’s public charter schools that was included in last year’s education reform package.
April 5, 2013
by Sarah Darer Littman | April 5, 2013 8:30am
One of the hallmark refrains of the corporate education reform movement is “accountability.” Strangely, their zeal for the concept does not extend to those who implement reforms. Let’s look at two key figures in Connecticut and see how accountable they have been to the state’s taxpayers.
First up, State Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor. Shortly after being appointed to his post, Pryor started hiring consultants to work on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s education reform package. Like most reformers, he had preferred consultants. State bidding procedures? Why bother when he could funnel contracts through the State Education Resource Center (SERC) by claiming it’s a nonprofit?
by Terry D. Cowgill | April 5, 2013 5:30am
The manufacturers of goods and services know that if consumers aren’t satisfied with the quality of what’s offered, they’ll vote with their wallets and choose another product. Such is rarely the case with a government product.