In the State

Connecticut Teachers Union Launches Extremely Misleading (And Transparent) Attack On Charters School

Thursday, the state’s largest teachers union, the Connecticut Education Association (CEA), published a report conducted by Rodriguez Data Solutions, LLC, an independent research firm —in layman’s terms: a paid consultant — that calls out charter schools for “diverting” funds meant for children, to charter school management companies (CMOs). The document specifically targets Achievement First, one… Continue reading Connecticut Teachers Union Launches Extremely Misleading (And Transparent) Attack On Charters School

Bridgeport · Hartford · In the State

Education Bills To Watch: Rundown Of What’s Been Proposed By The State Legislature So Far

The General Assembly’s Education Committee met for the first time during the 2017 legislative session this afternoon. While, it’s bit early to tell what will happen this session, even at this juncture, there are already important education issues on the table. Here’s a quick rundown of a few education bills to watch in upcoming session:… Continue reading Education Bills To Watch: Rundown Of What’s Been Proposed By The State Legislature So Far

New Haven

New Haven Register: Black Principals Discuss Fostering Student Success And Their Roles As School Leaders

Research shows that diverse schools and classrooms benefit all students, yet, in Connecticut, some students go through their entire education without ever being taught by a teacher of color. Minority teacher recruitment has been a persistent issue in Connecticut (and the country as a whole) but one district has made some strides, at least in terms… Continue reading New Haven Register: Black Principals Discuss Fostering Student Success And Their Roles As School Leaders

In the State

State Of The State: Gov. Malloy Calls For New Way To Distribute Education Funding

Today, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy did something that many other officials have seemed to refuse (Looking at you state Performance Evaluation Advisory Council) — he recognized the importance of Superior Court Judge Thomas Mouskawsher’s ruling in the CCJEF v. Rell case. During the opening of the legislative session, Malloy used his state-of-the-state address to set… Continue reading State Of The State: Gov. Malloy Calls For New Way To Distribute Education Funding

In the State · New Haven

On The Parent Express Trail: Two State Legislators Discuss Education Priorities Going Into 2017 Session

Tomorrow begins the legislative session for the Connecticut General Assembly. This year will be an important one. With both the CCJEF decision and budget deficit looming, it’s likely there will be major education decision on the table. Two weeks ago, during the Connecticut Parents Union parent express bus tour I sat down briefly with two… Continue reading On The Parent Express Trail: Two State Legislators Discuss Education Priorities Going Into 2017 Session

Bridgeport · In the State

Bridgeport Teachers Speak Out On Effects Of High Superintendent Turnover

Over the last year, the state’s three largest school districts – Bridgeport, New Haven and Hartford – abruptly lost their superintendents to resignation. This revolving door of school leaders is nothing new for Connecticut’s urban school districts and unfortunately, falls in line with trends across the country. Hartford has gone through nearly a dozen superintendents over… Continue reading Bridgeport Teachers Speak Out On Effects Of High Superintendent Turnover

In the State

What A Year! Education CT’s Top Ten Highlights Of 2016

I think it’s safe to say, 2016 has been a tough year for many of us. I hate to start this article off on a sour note, but reflecting back it’s hard not to focus on the loss, the rising tension and the unrest — including within the education world. Looking back, it’s clear there have… Continue reading What A Year! Education CT’s Top Ten Highlights Of 2016

In the State

The State Sneaks In Midyear Cuts To Education Spending After Equity Lawsuit Deems Funding Formula Unconstitutional

During the Holiday break municipalities got a surprise — and not the good kind. This Thursday, the governor’s budget office sent notice to municipal leaders announcing an anticipated $50 million in cuts, including $20 million in cuts to education aid. This comes in addition to $84 million in education cuts this fiscal year, and after… Continue reading The State Sneaks In Midyear Cuts To Education Spending After Equity Lawsuit Deems Funding Formula Unconstitutional

In the State

Bridgeport BOE Member Maria Pereira Facing Four Human Rights Complaints: Conspiracy or Long Overdue?

It looks like Bridgeport’s school board members might be back in court again. Earlier this week, it was revealed that school board member, Maria Pereira, is facing four complaints with the state Commission on Human Rights and Opportunity, including a complaint filed in September by outgoing interim Superintendent Fran Rabinowitz. To complicate matters, this may… Continue reading Bridgeport BOE Member Maria Pereira Facing Four Human Rights Complaints: Conspiracy or Long Overdue?

In the State

State Advisory Council On Teacher Evaluations Ignores Groundbreaking Equity Ruling:  Votes To Continue Watered-Down Teacher Evaluations

I’m sure you’ve all heard of the quote: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” It’s worth repeating for Connecticut’s Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC). A few months after Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher called the state’s current teacher evaluation system “little more than cotton… Continue reading State Advisory Council On Teacher Evaluations Ignores Groundbreaking Equity Ruling:  Votes To Continue Watered-Down Teacher Evaluations