In the State

Student Voices: I am the Kind of Student Who Goes to Charter Schools

Often the education debate centers on the adults in the room, but what about the students who actually attend Connecticut schools?  Shouldn’t their perspective inform decisions being made at the state house? With this in mind, I’ve decided to start of series of featured blog posts, from student (and reformer student) contributors.  The inaugural blog post is… Continue reading Student Voices: I am the Kind of Student Who Goes to Charter Schools

In the State

Connecticut Education Committee Pushes Forward Funding Reform Bill With Little Substance

The state’s broken school finance system has been the elephant in the room for years but after Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher handed-down his sweeping ruling in the CCJEF v. Rell school finance case in September, the imperative to fix the way the state doles out education funding has finally gained momentum. There’s one problem:… Continue reading Connecticut Education Committee Pushes Forward Funding Reform Bill With Little Substance

In the State

The Myth Of Magical Whiteness: Isn’t Intentionally Leaving Sheff Magnet Seats Empty Missing The Point?

Someone once told me, white kids aren’t magic pixie dust that you can sprinkle on a school to make it better. That might seem like an abrasive statement, but it’s what sticks in my mind when thinking about the mindset that has allowed Hartford to develop a system of desegregation that shuts out half of… Continue reading The Myth Of Magical Whiteness: Isn’t Intentionally Leaving Sheff Magnet Seats Empty Missing The Point?

In the State

This Is Why We Can’t Have Real Conversations: Anti-Reform Activists Conflate Two Entirely Different Special Education Funding Proposals

The usual suspects were out this week railing against a special education funding proposal developed by the Connecticut School Finance Project. Recent op-eds by Robert Cotto and Jon Pelto claim the school finance project conspired in the shadows with the Malloy administration to undercut special education funding. Turns out, they were conflating two separate plans… Continue reading This Is Why We Can’t Have Real Conversations: Anti-Reform Activists Conflate Two Entirely Different Special Education Funding Proposals

In the State

Bipartisan Group Urges State To Take Action To Reform Broken Funding System

In New Haven, budget cuts this year threaten after school programs. In Bridgeport, crossing guards and transportation. For these districts and others, the situation is dire. While some groups want the state to hold off on making changes till an adequacy cost study is done, a new group is calling on state leaders to take more immediate… Continue reading Bipartisan Group Urges State To Take Action To Reform Broken Funding System

Bridgeport

UPDATE: Caustic Political Environment Nearly Claims Another Victim: Day Later Superintendent Candidate Decides To Give It Another Shot

UPDATE:  It turns out Bridgeport’s superintendent pool is back to two.  On Tuesday, a day after school board members were informed that Angella Katrise Perera was dropping out of the running for superintendent, Perera decided she may “something to offer the district.” Perera had dropped out of the running on Sunday, after receiving “inappropriate” messages… Continue reading UPDATE: Caustic Political Environment Nearly Claims Another Victim: Day Later Superintendent Candidate Decides To Give It Another Shot

Hartford · In the State

CT Parents Union Founder Tells State To Do Their Job: Asks That They Follow Up On Child Abuse Report

In case you’re wondering how done parents are with Connecticut’s State Board Of Education, Connecticut Parents Union founder Gwen Samuel explained it — in detail —  on Wednesday morning at their monthly meeting. Here’s the video of her testimony:

“Parents have to know that you are reading about their abuse and neglect,” to the state board of education during public comments. She’s talking about an Office of the Child Advocate report on mandated reporting that was released a few weeks ago. The report found that Hartford Public Schools routinely and systematically ignored allegations of child abuse. 

Since the report’s release, Hartford Public Schools responded by releasing an Action Plan, but Samuel says this doesn’t go far enough. 

“Do what you were appointed to do,” said Samuel, who wants the state board to step up and ensure that districts are complying with state law, referencing the groundbreaking CCJEF v. Rell ruling.  According to Superior Judge Thomas Moukawsher, the state has a “non-delegable” responsibility to provide free public education. Samuel argues this extends to protecting children from abuse — as it should.

Hartford · In the State

Hartford Parents Are Saying Enough: Gear Up For Potential Legal Action Over Report Showing District Ignored Child Abuse Allegations

In response to an Office Of The Child Advocate (OCA) report released two weeks ago that showed that Hartford Public Schools systematically ignored allegations of child abuse, parents organized by a coalition of groups including the Connecticut Parents Union are gearing up for a potential legal battle. The Hartford Courant has the story: “On Thursday night,… Continue reading Hartford Parents Are Saying Enough: Gear Up For Potential Legal Action Over Report Showing District Ignored Child Abuse Allegations

In the State

UPDATE: Bridgeport Parents Stage 1.5 Mile Protest Walk Against Busing Policy Change

UPDATE: Good news. On Monday, no vote on this issue took place. That doesn’t mean that the school board can’t change the busing distance, just that a decision has yet to be made. As of yet, the issue is not on any upcoming agendas. On Monday, the Bridgeport Board of Education may vote on changing the… Continue reading UPDATE: Bridgeport Parents Stage 1.5 Mile Protest Walk Against Busing Policy Change