In the State

In Spite Of CCJEF Ruling, State Legislature Continues To Water Down Graduation Requirements

Last fall, Bridgeport Superintendent Fran Rabinowitz testified in front of the State Superior Court that she couldn’t “with complete certainty” deny that a student could graduate from Bridgeport Public School functionally illiterate. You’d think a statement like this would send up red flags for state legislators, but, NOPE. Instead of strengthening graduation requirements, according to… Continue reading In Spite Of CCJEF Ruling, State Legislature Continues To Water Down Graduation Requirements

Hartford · In the State

The Connecticut Education Association’s Long Quest To Scrub Public Information On Alleged Child Abuse

In the face of investigations into the chronic failure of school employees to report child abuse, it appears the state’s largest teachers union has been working behind the scenes to scrub records that could aid in tracking patterns of abuse. Back in 2016, around the same time that Hartford’s Mayor insisted the Office of the… Continue reading The Connecticut Education Association’s Long Quest To Scrub Public Information On Alleged Child Abuse

In the State

Have We Learned Nothing From CCJEF? Neither Democrat Or Republican Budget Proposals Based On Student Need

Ever since Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher handed down his scathing ruling in the CCJEF v. Rell school funding case last September, state legislators have given lip-service, declaring that the state must fix Connecticut’s broken school funding system. It seems neither the majority of Democrats nor Republicans are willing to put their money where their mouth is.… Continue reading Have We Learned Nothing From CCJEF? Neither Democrat Or Republican Budget Proposals Based On Student Need

In the State

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

If you want an example of how politics has stunted the state’s progress towards a more equitable education system, look no further than the latest State Board Of Education decision to remove Smarter-Balance assessment data from teacher evaluations. In one of their latest commentary pieces, the Hartford Courant’s Editorial Board’s explains why this decision was a mistake:… Continue reading Hartford Courant’s Editoral Board Has More Courage Than State BOE: Rails Against Watered Down Teacher Evaluations

In the State

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

Bridgeport · In the State

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”

In the State

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

In the State

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?

In the State

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

In the State

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