On Monday afternoon, a group pastors gathered on the steps of Grace Baptist Church in Norwalk, calling on Connecticut’s General Assembly to take immediate action to fix the state’s broken school funding system. “I implore each citizen of Connecticut to rise up,” said the Rev. Carl McCluster of Shiloh Baptist Church in Bridgeport. “Not against the fair… Continue reading Connecticut Clergy To General Assembly: It’s Time To Fix Broken School Funding System
Editor’s note: The following rant is not for the eyes of children. You have been warned. —– What does the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and high-stakes testing in Connecticut all have in common? Stumped? Well, I hate to break it to you, but none of those things exist. Have I destroyed your… Continue reading Sorry, Not Sorry: Recent Events In New Haven Prove “High-Stakes Testing” Is A Complete And Utter Myth
This year’s annual state assessment results show that when it comes to student achievement, Connecticut is still one of the most unequal states in the nation. Last week, Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now (ConnCAN) released analysis of the district and state data from the first round of Smarter Balanced Consortium Assessments (SBAC). While the scores… Continue reading Connecticut SBAC Results Reveal Continued Achievement Gap
How much does it cost to get state legislators to ignore the calls of thousands of parents? Apparently, for the two largest teachers unions, around $6,500. According to the National Institute on Money in State Politics, a state campaign finance watchdog website, and state finance filings, that’s the amount of direct campaign contributions collectively received… Continue reading Are State Teachers’ Unions Gunning to Halt Charter Schools?
For Bridgeport residents it’s probably hard to believe that a school board and a charter school could collaborate on anything, but only a few miles up the road, New Haven is once again proving us all wrong. According to the New Haven Independent, New Haven Public Schools and Achievement First are looking into a partnership… Continue reading In New Haven, Public and Charter Schools Look to Collaborate on Innovative New School