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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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February 7, 2019

OP-ED | What Prevents Towns From Regionalizing Schools? Mountains of Red Tape

by Lon Seidman | Feb 7, 2019 2:32pm
Posted to: Education | Town News | Chester | Deep River | Essex | Local Politics | Opinion | Education Opinion | State Budget | Taxes

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Some say our proud Yankee mentality in the “land of steady habits” is to blame for our lack of regional school districts.

But a look at current education law suggests otherwise: local voters are more likely rejecting an overly rigid state regionalization law that requires small towns to cede all local fiscal and policy decisions to neighboring larger towns, with no way of ever getting out of the arrangement. And in some cases some towns could end up paying more while neighboring towns pay less. What voter would support that?

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February 4, 2019

OP-ED | Proposal For Forced School Consolidation A Nonstarter

by Terry Cowgill | Feb 4, 2019 6:15am
Posted to: Analysis | Education | Opinion | Education Opinion | State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned from covering local and state government on and off for the last 23 years, it’s that breaking up fiefdoms is a terribly difficult thing to do. And nowhere is that simple truth more evident than in the reaction to a couple of bills floating around the Capitol that propose to force smaller school districts to consolidate with larger ones.

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October 19, 2018

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

by Barth Keck | Oct 19, 2018 5:00am
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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September 19, 2018

OP-ED | Banned Books? Not So Much in Connecticut

by Barth Keck | Sep 19, 2018 7:59pm
Posted to: Analysis | Civil Liberties | Education | FOIA | Media Matters | Opinion | Education Opinion | White House | Brookfield | Manchester | Stonington

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What’s a public library to do when a patron offers to donate a copy of Bob Woodward’s recent bestseller Fear, an account of dysfunction in the Trump White House? Why, it politely declines the offer, of course.

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August 29, 2018

OP-ED | Connecticut’s Achievement Gap Persists into Post-Secondary

by John J. Petillo | Aug 29, 2018 11:20pm
Posted to: Opinion | Education Opinion

In what should not come as a shock to anyone, Connecticut is failing to meet the educational needs of its minority and economically underprivileged students when it comes to college preparation and degree completion. And that failure is going to have long-term consequences when it comes to hiring and retaining workers in our state, attracting new businesses or keeping companies and organizations from fleeing to more business-friendly states with larger, better-prepared talent pools.

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June 22, 2018

OP-ED | Heartless Assault on Immigrants Must Stop

by Sheila Cohen | Jun 22, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Education | Immigration | Law Enforcement | Opinion | Education Opinion

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We’ve all seen the heartbreaking scenes of parents being arrested along our country’s southern border as their sobbing and traumatized children are stripped from their mothers’ protective arms and taken away by border patrol agents. These children were sent to detention facilities that look like prisons, complete with chain-link fencing and locked gates.

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June 15, 2018

OP-ED | Homeschooling In CT: As Usual, It Takes A Tragedy To Make Change

by Terry Cowgill | Jun 15, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Education | Opinion | Education Opinion

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It’s a phenomenon like few others I can think of. Let’s say you know someone who opened a school and staffed it with “teachers” who may or may not know much about their subjects and offer few opportunities for the students to interact with one another. And let’s say the teachers aren’t required to report student attendance and the place isn’t even evaluated regularly to make sure a proper learning environment is maintained.

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May 4, 2018

OP-ED | Unpacking The Community Colleges Fiasco: To Whom Is NEASC Accountable?

by Terry Cowgill | May 4, 2018 5:29am
Posted to: Analysis | Education | Opinion | Education Opinion | Nonprofits | State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol

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It was the last thing anyone wanted to worry about. With our roads and bridges crumbling and Connecticut a step or two away from the the brink of insolvency, officials now have to concern themselves with the viability of the Connecticut’s 12 community colleges.

The decision of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, a regional accrediting agency, to reject a plan to merge the colleges into one accredited organization has thrown the system into chaos and uncertainty. Click here to read the letter from NEASC’s Commission on Institutions of Higher Learning.

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