In the State · New Haven · Opinion

Using Data To Draw Conclusions Has It’s Limitations, Especially When You Selectively Cherry Pick: Why You Might Not Want To Believe All The Hype Against Amistad

I think it should be a rule: If you’re going to point out the limitations of using school data to draw conclusions, you shouldn’t cherry pick. To illustrate what I mean, take a look at blogger Ann Cronin’s latest anti-charter school piece which targets Amistad High School in New Haven, a school that’s received national… Continue reading Using Data To Draw Conclusions Has It’s Limitations, Especially When You Selectively Cherry Pick: Why You Might Not Want To Believe All The Hype Against Amistad

In the State · Reform

[VIDEO] Connecticut Mom Gwen Samuel Brings Real Talk To American Enterprise Institute’s Panel On “Schooling in America”

Education policy panels tend to be posturing, jargon-heavy affairs, however on Wednesday, Connecticut mom and president of the CT Parents Union, Gwen Samuels, brought some much needed real talk to the American Enterprise Institute’s (AEI) panel on “Schools in America.” Check out her comments linked in the video below: The AEI panel discussion centered on a recently… Continue reading [VIDEO] Connecticut Mom Gwen Samuel Brings Real Talk To American Enterprise Institute’s Panel On “Schooling in America”

Hartford

In Hartford This Year 1000 Less Students Attended Integrated School

Hartford’s Open Choice and magnet school systems are often lauded as the gold-standard when it comes to voluntary integration, but it turns out that over the past year things aren’t going as well as previously reported. On Tuesday, the Hartford Courant published data that shows that the number of students attending schools with a “reduced-isolation setting”… Continue reading In Hartford This Year 1000 Less Students Attended Integrated School

Bridgeport · In the State · New Haven

New Haven Gets New Superintendent Amidst “Community” Unrest: Who Is Actually Fueling The Outrage & Misinformation?

After over a year,  New Haven’s Board of Education finally appointed a new superintendent, Bridgeport native Dr. Carol Birks — and boy, does she already have her hands full politically. On the eve of Monday’s school board vote, about fifty protestors organized a rally against her appointment on the steps of New Haven’s city hall. According to… Continue reading New Haven Gets New Superintendent Amidst “Community” Unrest: Who Is Actually Fueling The Outrage & Misinformation?

Bridgeport · In the State

Republican Chris Taylor Wins Recount In Bridgeport: What Will This Mean For Students?

After Wednesday’s recount, Bridgeport’s Board of Education make up will be dramatically different — now the question is,  what will that mean for students? For years, the Park city’s school board has been made up of two clear factions: Members decidedly against school choice and the mayor — Maria Pereira, Howard Gardner, Sauda Baraka and… Continue reading Republican Chris Taylor Wins Recount In Bridgeport: What Will This Mean For Students?

In the State

What Is Wrong With This Picture? Norwalk Votes In BOE With Zero Minority Representation

Even though 70 percent of Norwalk students are Black and/or Hispanic, as of Tuesday, Norwalk’s school board will be 100 percent white.  What’s even more messed up is how this happen. Generally, Norwalk’s Democratic Town Councils endorses incumbent candidates, but according to the Norwalk Hour, the committee passed over the lone-minority candidate, Shirley Mosby. This is unheard of, yet… Continue reading What Is Wrong With This Picture? Norwalk Votes In BOE With Zero Minority Representation

Bridgeport

Bridgeport Will Soon Require High School Students Take African American Or Latin Studies, But Will Other CT Towns Follow Suit?

It’s not often that I can give kudos to Bridgeport’s Board of Education, but recently they made a decision worthy of praise. Last week, members unanimously approved changing the graduation requirements, making it a requirement for all high school students to take a half-year course in either African American Studies, Caribean/Latin American Studies or Perspectives on… Continue reading Bridgeport Will Soon Require High School Students Take African American Or Latin Studies, But Will Other CT Towns Follow Suit?

In the State

Is The Latest State Budget Deal Good For Education?

For over four months state leaders have been in a stalemate over the budget, but as of this week, they’ve come to a compromise. A bipartisan budget is set to be approved this week and it’s a mixed bag when it comes to education. On the one hand, the latest budget deal finally fixes the… Continue reading Is The Latest State Budget Deal Good For Education?

In the State

What Will The Removal Of Disability Guidelines Mean For Students? A Personal Story On The Potential Impact

On Friday, the Department of Education announced they were rescinding 72 “outdated, unnecessary and ineffective” policy documents, as part of the Trump administration’s efforts to cut down on regulations. You might think, ok, no big deal, but some of those documents outlined the rights of students with disabilities. As Temple University Professor Douglas Webber explained in a Twitter… Continue reading What Will The Removal Of Disability Guidelines Mean For Students? A Personal Story On The Potential Impact

Hartford

Is Our Bar For Successful Desegregation That Low! Are We Really Celebrating Hartford For Desegregating Less Than Half Of The City’s Kids In Twenty Years?

Is the glass half empty or half full? The classic litmus test for optimism. I mention this common rhetorical question because right now I think I may be low on optimism after reading a recent article from The American Prospect, a left-leaning bimonthly magazine, lauding Hartford’s record on desegregation: Hartford, Connecticut, is struggling. Teetering on the brink… Continue reading Is Our Bar For Successful Desegregation That Low! Are We Really Celebrating Hartford For Desegregating Less Than Half Of The City’s Kids In Twenty Years?