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March 18, 2019

Hartford, New Haven Schools Slow To Respond To FOI Test

by Christine Stuart | Mar 18, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Education | FOIA | Sunshine Week | Town News | Berlin | Enfield | Hartford | New Haven | Transparency

HARTFORD, CT — Two of Connecticut’s largest school districts have so far failed to comply with requests for public information as part of a statewide test conducted by news organizations to mark Sunshine Week 2019.

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OP-ED | Damage Done By College Admissions Scandal Will Be Wide And Deep

by Terry Cowgill | Mar 18, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Consumer Protection | Education | Equality | Law Enforcement | Opinion

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It was a bizarre variation on a timeless spring ritual. As high school seniors and their parents sat on pins and needles awaiting word from college admissions offices about whether Billy or Suzie got into Yale — or something less — news broke that 50 people in six states were charged by the federal government for being active participants in perhaps the greatest college admissions scandal in the nation’s history, even as the colleges themselves were held harmless.

On the one hand, it’s hardly surprising. It’s an open secret that being wealthy helps on so many levels: from access to healthcare, to preferential treatment by the criminal justice system, to fancy tax shelters. In the realm of education, the wealthy also can afford to hire standardized test tutors. Finally, we also know that legacy preferences are commonplace in college admissions, or that a major gift can grease the skids for entry.

But even by those already low standards, the indictment handed down last week by the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts was stunning in scope and in the specificity of the fraud and racketeering charges it contained — to say nothing of the effrontery of the degenerate schemes.

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March 15, 2019

Lawmakers Propose Resolution Against Arming Teachers

by Peter Urban | Mar 15, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Education | Federal Budget | Public Health | Public Safety | Newtown

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Chris Murphy and U.S. Representative Jahana Hayes on Thursday introduced resolutions to block federal funding from being used to arm school teachers.

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March 14, 2019

Tuition For State Universities Poised To Increase 5 Percent Next Year

by Jack Kramer | Mar 14, 2019 5:30am
Posted to: Education | State Budget

Courtesy of the Board of Regents

HARTFORD, CT — Students at Connecticut’s four state universities are going to have to dig a little deeper to pay for their education next year.

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March 13, 2019

Democratic House Leader Promises A Vote On Removing Religious Exemption To Vaccines

by Christine Stuart | Mar 13, 2019 1:09pm
Posted to: Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Education | Health Care | Public Health | Public Safety

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HARTFORD, CT — House Majority Leader Matt Ritter vowed Wednesday that in the next 12 months the General Assembly will vote on whether to eliminate religious exemptions for vaccines for school children.

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March 11, 2019

OP-ED | A Grab Bag of Gripes: Normalized Lying, Social-Media Shenanigans & Politicized Pensions

by Barth Keck | Mar 11, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Education | Local Politics | Media Matters | Opinion | State Budget | Pensions

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As an avid news consumer and political junkie, I feel increasingly overwhelmed by all the news and all the political “junk.” As a matter of fact, I’m simply tired of it all.

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As Measles Returns, Connecticut Offers Little Info About Immunization Rates

by Christine Stuart | Mar 11, 2019 4:59am
Posted to: Child Welfare | Education | FOIA | Sunshine Week | Health Care | Public Health | Religion

From the CENTERS for Disease Control and Prevention

HARTFORD, CT — When immunization rates fall below a certain percentage, vulnerable populations such as babies under six months or individuals with certain medical conditions are at risk, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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March 8, 2019

OP-ED | Lamont Budget Is A Step in the Right Direction for Retired Teachers

by Ed Messina | Mar 8, 2019 6:00am
Posted to: Education | Town News | Labor | Opinion | Education Opinion | State Budget | Pensions | State Capitol

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After decades of not adequately funding the Teachers’ Retirement System, Connecticut is at a crossroads. Do we continue to kick the can down the road or make substantial improvements to how we fund the state’s long-term obligations to teachers? The Association of Retired Teachers of Connecticut is grateful that Gov. Ned Lamont made stable retirement funds for teachers a priority in his budget proposal.

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March 5, 2019

OP-ED | Town-Based School Districts Are a Legacy of the Racist Past: It’s Time for Them to Go

by Susan Bigelow | Mar 5, 2019 6:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Education | Equality | Town News | Opinion | Education Opinion

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Recently, leaders in the legislature proposed bills urging consolidation of certain smaller school districts. The backlash was as telling as it was immediate and fierce: threatening the high-achievement school systems that so many people worked so hard to buy their way into is like touching a live wire.

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March 1, 2019

Hundreds Turn Out for Regional School Hearing, Most In Opposition

by Christine Stuart | Mar 1, 2019 7:48pm
Posted to: Education | Equality | Town News | State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — It took four hours, but Sen. Doug McCrory, D-Hartford, finally reached a point in an all-day public hearing on school regionalization where he had to address “the elephant in the room.”

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