In the State

Parents Drop Truth Bomb On Why Anti-Reform Advocates Are Wrong About NAACP Report

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

Hartford · In the State

Gwen Samuel Reflects On Her Struggle Being A Black Parent Advocate: Demanding Parent Choice Is Not That Simple When Dealing With Real Life

Wanted to share with my readers Gwen Samuel’s latest, where she reflects on what it’s like being a black mom, advocating for parent choice — thought it could be helpful for others in the struggle. Gwen is a Meriden mom, whose been fighting for kids since 2010 when she lead the charge for the state… Continue reading Gwen Samuel Reflects On Her Struggle Being A Black Parent Advocate: Demanding Parent Choice Is Not That Simple When Dealing With Real Life

Bridgeport · In the State

Bassick HS Principal Decision: Is This What Happens When AFT Connecticut “Defuses” Parent Trigger?

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?

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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

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

In the State

With No Budget In Sight, Gov. Malloy Says He’ll Take Matters Into His Own Hands: Plans To Shift Aid To Poorer Towns

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

In the State

NAACP Taskforce On Quality Education Releases Report: Here’s the Run Down

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

Bridgeport · In the State

Everything Wrong With Ann Cronin’s Recent Blog Post On The Expansion Of Charter School Seats In Bridgeport

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

Hartford · In the State

Teacher Voice: My Students Think That ‘Being an Author Isn’t Really for Black People’

In Connecticut, our schools don’t reflect the ethnic makeup of our state — according to data collected by the Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now (ConnCAN), 40 percent of Connecticut students are children of color, yet only eight percent of teachers are minorities. That’s a stark contrast. One that has a huge impact on how students… Continue reading Teacher Voice: My Students Think That ‘Being an Author Isn’t Really for Black People’

In the State

Tips For The Summer Slide: A Connecticut Teacher Shares Five Ways To Retain Second Language Skills

The following blog post was written by Jennie Taranovich, Curriculum Coordinator and Spanish teacher at Bethel High School: As a Spanish teacher for 11 years, I can’t tell you how many times I have heard the following statement from parents and friends: “I did study Spanish in high school, but I don’t remember a single thing,” or “I… Continue reading Tips For The Summer Slide: A Connecticut Teacher Shares Five Ways To Retain Second Language Skills

In the State

Preliminary SBAC Scores Released To Show Nothing New: Gaps Still Persist, Charters Still Outperform District Schools

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