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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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March 15, 2019

Municipal Leaders Divided Over Giving Schools Taxing Authority

by Jack Kramer | Mar 15, 2019 2:38pm
Posted to: Town News | Enfield | Norwich | South Windsor | Wilton | Local Politics

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HARTFORD, CT — It isn’t an unusual complaint from Connecticut town officials that even though the majority of a municipality’s budget is for education, they have no control over school expenditures.

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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 6, 2019

CCM: China’s Recycling Cutback Having An Impact On Connecticut Towns

by Shawn R. Beals | Mar 6, 2019 12:23pm
Posted to: Environment | Town News

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The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities is warning state officials that recycling, which has been a reliable revenue generator for cities and towns, has now become a new cost due to a changing global market.

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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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February 15, 2019

Lawmakers Hear Testimony on Bill to Ban Artificial Turf Playing Fields

by Jack Kramer | Feb 15, 2019 6:05pm
Posted to: Child Welfare | Education | Environment | Town News | Public Health | Sports

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HARTFORD, CT — A bill that would prohibit the state and its municipalities from purchasing and using artificial turf on playing fields was the subject of a public hearing Friday before the Environment Committee.

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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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January 30, 2019

Speaker Won’t End Conversation On Taxes and Regionalization

by Christine Stuart | Jan 30, 2019 2:49pm
Posted to: Education | Town News | Taxes | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — The phones to Gov. Ned Lamont’s office were ringing off the hook Wednesday with calls from constituents upset over the idea of adding a sales tax to groceries, which are currently exempt.

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January 16, 2019

Fiscal Deadlines and Teachers’ Retirement Fund Top Agenda

by Jack Kramer | Jan 16, 2019 1:21pm
Posted to: Town News | Labor | Local Politics | State Budget | Pensions | Taxes

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PLANTSVILLE, CT — The timing of municipal aid and who should be responsible for funding the Teacher Retirement System were primary topics of discussion between legislative leaders and municipal officials at the annual Council of Small Towns (COST) meeting Wednesday.

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