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January 22, 2019

ANALYSIS | Big-Time UConn Athletics Are Bleeding Money; Are They All Worth It?

by Susan Bigelow | Jan 22, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Education | Opinion | Sports | State Budget | Taxes

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There’s a government department where state employees earn eye-popping seven-figure salaries, put out products that are sometimes brilliant but mostly mediocre, and have lately been losing over $40 million each year. If we weren’t talking about University of Connecticut athletics, it’s hard to see how it would ever survive.

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January 15, 2019

OP-ED | Like Sandy Hook Families, We All Must Fight for Truth in a World of Lies

by Barth Keck | Jan 15, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Education | Media Matters | Opinion | Public Safety | Newtown

YOUTUBE SCREENGRAB

At time when bullying and hate crimes are on the rise, score one for the good guys.

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January 3, 2019

Staying On Daylight Saving Time Among Early Bill Proposals

by Jack Kramer | Jan 3, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Agriculture | Education | Gaming | Social Security | Taxes | State Capitol | Tribes | East Windsor

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State Rep. Kurt Vail has tried without success in the past to get his colleagues to pass legislation that would keep Connecticut on daylight saving time. This year, he’s trying a new approach.

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December 31, 2018

OP-ED | Jahana Hayes: The Ideal Representative for Today’s Changing Times

by Barth Keck | Dec 31, 2018 6:00pm
Posted to: Analysis | Congress | 5th CD | Education | Election 2018 | Opinion | Waterbury

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Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside
And it is ragin’.
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’.

—Bob Dylan (1964)

If Robert Allen Zimmerman — aka Bob Dylan — thought the times were changing in 1964, he must be looking at today’s times as an absolute transfiguration.

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December 19, 2018

School Safety Report Draws Criticism

by Peter Urban | Dec 19, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Child Welfare | Congress | DC News Junkie | Education | Public Health | Public Safety | White House

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WASHINGTON — A commission established by President Donald Trump in the aftermath of the February school shooting in Parkland, Fla., issued its final recommendations to improve school safety Tuesday, including arming teachers as one of 93 “best practices and policy recommendations.”

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December 17, 2018

Women Propose Paid FMLA, Increase in Minimum Wage, Free Community College

by Christine Stuart | Dec 17, 2018 12:32pm
Posted to: The Economy | Education | Election 2018 | Health Care | Jobs | Labor | Hartford

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HARTFORD, CT — The students at Grace Academy, an interfaith, tuition-free middle school for girls, had some tough questions for Lt. Gov.-elect Susan Bysiewicz and the 19-member transition subcommittee focused on women’s issues.

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November 29, 2018

OP-ED | Concerns over Teen Vaping on the Rise

by Barth Keck | Nov 29, 2018 4:59am
Posted to: Child Welfare | Consumer Protection | Education | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Opinion | Health Care Opinion | Public Health | Milford | Old Saybrook

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Smokin’ in the boys’ room has a whole new meaning in schools these days — and it’s no laughing matter.

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November 19, 2018

Nappier Pitches Solution To Teachers’ Retirement Fund

by Christine Stuart | Nov 19, 2018 5:00am
Posted to: Education | State Budget | Pensions | Wall Street

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HARTFORD, CT — Outgoing State Treasurer Denise Nappier told a commission that the state should use Connecticut Lottery revenues and other state assets to ensure its contribution to the Teachers’ Retirement Fund.

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November 15, 2018

Murphy Seeks Protections for Students from Seclusion and Restraint

by Peter Urban | Nov 15, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Child Welfare | Congress | DC News Junkie | Education

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Murphy introduced legislation Wednesday to strictly limit schools from physical restraining students and prohibit schools from placing students in seclusion.

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October 19, 2018

OP-ED | Who Will Be Connecticut’s Next ‘Education Governor’?

by Barth Keck | Oct 19, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Education | Election 2018 | Opinion | Education Opinion | Education Cost Sharing | Pensions

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As Election Day nears, the gubernatorial candidates have ratcheted up the rhetoric.

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