One thing I’ve learned from spending the past four years blogging about education: Comments sections can be caustic, but they’re also telling. As much as we’d like to tune them out, and maybe some times we ought to, sometimes there can be nuggets of truth that smack you in the face. Perhaps this is a… Continue reading Parents Drop Truth Bomb On Why Anti-Reform Advocates Are Wrong About NAACP Report
This week Sheff v. O’Neil, the state’s seminal school desegregation case, was back in court — and the judge’s ruling doesn’t look good for students on the waiting lists in Hartford. Superior Court Judge Marshall Berger ruled this week not to allow the state to fill empty magnet schools seats with Hartford students — The Connecticut Mirror… Continue reading Sheff Judge Rules State Can’t Fill Empty Magnet Seats: Now What?
Connecticut’s parent trigger law, passed in 2010, was supposed to empower parents — but if what’s going on at Bassick High School in Bridgeport is any indication the law isn’t working the way it should. Last week, it was announced that Bassick is getting a new principal. The tenth in less than a decade and… Continue reading Bassick HS Principal Decision: Is This What Happens When AFT Connecticut “Defuses” Parent Trigger?
On Tuesday, during a press conference in Meridan, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and State Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell announced a slight increase in SAT scores. During the conference, the governor said he was “proud of the progress” being made. To which, I can’t help but reply: What progress? I mean, yeah, Connecticut ‘s White and affluent… Continue reading SAT Results Show That Connecticut Continues to Be The State That Provides A Great Education To Students, But Only If They’re White and Affluent
Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced that if state legislators can’t get it together, he’ll take matters into his own hands. Today, the governor said that if no budget is passed soon, he will revise his executive order, shifting state education funding from more affluent towns to the 30 lowest-preforming district — shielding these towns from… Continue reading With No Budget In Sight, Gov. Malloy Says He’ll Take Matters Into His Own Hands: Plans To Shift Aid To Poorer Towns
On Wednesday, the National Association For The Advancement Of Colored People (NAACP), one of the countries oldest civil rights organizations, released their much-anticipated report on charter schools. In it, the organization concluded pretty much what everyone thought they’d conclude — particularly on account of the AFT’s partnership with the organization — but with a slight change.… Continue reading NAACP Taskforce On Quality Education Releases Report: Here’s the Run Down
When it comes to the debate on charter schools, in Connecticut or otherwise, flawed arguments are plentiful Opponents of reform often parrot off misleading talking points — see Randi Weingarten’s recent absurd claim that school choice is rooted in segregation — but Connecticut blogger, Ann Cronin takes it a step further. Not in magnitude, but certainly quantity. Somehow,… Continue reading Everything Wrong With Ann Cronin’s Recent Blog Post On The Expansion Of Charter School Seats In Bridgeport
On Friday, the state Department of Education released the preliminary results of the latest round of state annual assessments, and the biggest takeaway is not much has changed. Overall, there was a slight increase in Math performance and a slight decrease in English Language Arts (ELA) performance from last year, though the trend is positive.… Continue reading Preliminary SBAC Scores Released To Show Nothing New: Gaps Still Persist, Charters Still Outperform District Schools
A few days ago I noticed a new pop-up ad that I hadn’t seen before. It read: “Don’t balance the budget on my back,” featuring a sad boy, bogged down by an enormous backpack. Here’s what the ad looked like: Clicking on the link sent me to the Connecticut Education Association’s (CEA) web page. That’s where… Continue reading Who Gets To Speak For Parents? Hint: It’s Not The Teachers Union
Connecticut’s General Assembly was unable to come to a budget agreement by the legislature’s June 30th deadline. The good news is, unlike places like New Jersey and Maine, we didn’t have a government shut down. Our state is still functioning because Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed an Executive Order Resource Allocation Plan. Unfortunately, when it comes… Continue reading What Happens If The State Doesn’t Pass A Budget? The Answer Is Deep Cuts For Schools