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”

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?

Bridgeport · In the State

Newly Elected Bridgeport BOE Member Jessica Martinez Explains Why She Ran And What She Sees As Her Path Forward

Today, I am extremely honored to announce that I have been elected to the Bridgeport Board of Education. I am eager for the opportunity to represent all parents and students in Bridgeport, and I hope to be an advocate for our community as we move the district forward. In Bridgeport, we are chartering a new… Continue reading Newly Elected Bridgeport BOE Member Jessica Martinez Explains Why She Ran And What She Sees As Her Path Forward

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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 · In the State

Our Voices Were Absent In The Court Room: Bridgeport Mom Jessica Martinez Reflects On Connecticut School Funding Appeal

Last month, the Connecticut Supreme Court heard the appeal of the education case, Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding (CCJEF) v. Rell. The lawsuit’s Plaintiffs, a group of students, parents and the nonprofit organization, CCJEF, sued the state, arguing that our funding formula is unconstitutional and has created extreme inequality in our education system. I’m… Continue reading Our Voices Were Absent In The Court Room: Bridgeport Mom Jessica Martinez Reflects On Connecticut School Funding Appeal

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?

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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

In the State · New Haven

[VIDEO] Norwalk’s Board Watch Celebrates Successful Year: Could This Help Other Districts?

Imagine what could happen if parents and community members were actively involved in the school board process? According to Katherine Villanueva, it’s made a big difference.   Villanueva is a mother of three and one of Norwalk’s first Board Watch volunteers. I spoke to her last week during a celebration recognizing Board Watch’s first year: What is… Continue reading [VIDEO] Norwalk’s Board Watch Celebrates Successful Year: Could This Help Other Districts?