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Hartford Courant’s Educational Board Has More Courage Then State BOE: Rails Against Watered Down Teacher Evaluations

  In one of their latest commentary pieces, the Hartford Courant’s Editorial Board’s, explains why the State Board’s decision to remove Smarter-Balance assessment data from teacher evaluations was a mistake: “…Mark Waxenberg, executive director of the Connecticut Education Association, the state’s largest teachers’ union, said last year that “the vastly overwhelming number of teachers in our state are… Continue reading Hartford Courant’s Educational Board Has More Courage Then State BOE: Rails Against Watered Down Teacher Evaluations

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After CCJEF Ruling Should We Really Be Applauding Connecticut’s Increase In Graduation Rates? A Look At College Readiness Data

Last Wednesday, Governor Dannel Malloy and Education Commission Diana Wentzel held a press conference at James Hillhouse High School in New Haven to announce that the state’s 4-year graduation rate “reached an all-time high.” More specifically, over the past five years, 4-percent more high school students graduated on time.  At the state’s 10 highest-need school… Continue reading After CCJEF Ruling Should We Really Be Applauding Connecticut’s Increase In Graduation Rates? A Look At College Readiness Data

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Guest Post: “Parents Must Get Involved In The Fight For Quality Public Education”

Originally posted on the ConnCAN Blog, this is a guest post from Bridgeport parent Jessica Martinez. Jessica is longtime local education activist and the lead plaintiff in Martinez V. Malloy — a lawsuit currently in the federal courts that challenge the state’s moratorium on magnet schools and charter school cap.  —- As a mother in… Continue reading Guest Post: “Parents Must Get Involved In The Fight For Quality Public Education”

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CCJEF Update: State Supreme Court Denies Motion To Expedite Landmark Funding Trial Appeal

It looks like the appeal for CCJEF v. Rell won’t be resolved in time for the end of the state legislative session. Last month, in an unusual move, the State Attorney General George Jepsen, filed a motion requesting the State Supreme Court expedite the appeals process for the landmark CCJEF school funding lawsuit. In the motion,… Continue reading CCJEF Update: State Supreme Court Denies Motion To Expedite Landmark Funding Trial Appeal

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Yale Educational Leadership Panel Asks Why Our Funding System Has To Be So Complicated?

“Until those who are in power decide to give some power up, this means absolutely nothing.” State Board of Education Member Erik Clemons is talking about discussions on the state’s funding formula — a hot topic ever since Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher ruled that the way the state doled out education spending was “irrational”… Continue reading Yale Educational Leadership Panel Asks Why Our Funding System Has To Be So Complicated?

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And We Wonder Why We Can’t Have Nice Things? Fact Check On News Surrounding The Removal On Teacher Evaluations

Thursday afternoon while researching information on the state school board’s recent decision to permanently remove annual mastery exam data from teacher evaluations, I stumbled upon a Channel 12 News segment entitled: “State teachers to no longer be rated on test scores.” *Spoiler Alert:* That’s not a factual statement. State teachers have never been rated based… Continue reading And We Wonder Why We Can’t Have Nice Things? Fact Check On News Surrounding The Removal On Teacher Evaluations

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What Happened To That Line In The Sand? State BOE Bulks To Union Pressure On Teacher Accountability

Last year, state school board chair Allan Taylor said that he was “drawing a line in the sand” when it came to teacher evaluations. During that same 2016  state school board meeting, Education Commissioner Diana Wentzel if “we haven’t taught if they haven’t learned.” Oh, what difference a year makes! Bulking to teacher union pressure,… Continue reading What Happened To That Line In The Sand? State BOE Bulks To Union Pressure On Teacher Accountability

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Words Matter: Parents Call For Allan Taylor To Step Down As Chair

Words can be powerful, something Allan Taylor may have forgotten. A group of parents is not happy with Connecticut State Board of Education Chair who they say lost their trust. They’re calling for his resignation after he tried to rationalize a racially insensitive comment he made in January, in reference to the racial imbalance at… Continue reading Words Matter: Parents Call For Allan Taylor To Step Down As Chair

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While All Eyes Are On The Budget Debate, PEAC Quietly Votes To Chip Away At Accountability

Ah, the Land of Steady Habits has done it again! The state’s Performance Evaluation Advisory Committee (PEAC),  tasked with advising the state on annual testing policy, once again, ignored Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher’s ruling in CCJEF v. Rell,  in favor of shielding adults from consequences. On Wednesday morning, the committee, made up almost entirely… Continue reading While All Eyes Are On The Budget Debate, PEAC Quietly Votes To Chip Away At Accountability

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Parent Tanya McDowell Arrested For “Stealing An Education” Speaks Out

It’s been five years since Tanya McDowell made national headlines after she was charged with larceny for “stealing an education” for her son. Even with some time to think, McDowell believes enrolling her son at a Norwalk Public School was the right call. The Hour has the story: “Though she bemoans missing some of the most… Continue reading Parent Tanya McDowell Arrested For “Stealing An Education” Speaks Out