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

In the State

Who Gets To Speak For Parents? Hint: It’s Not The Teachers Union

A few days ago I noticed a new pop-up ad that I hadn’t seen before. It read: “Don’t balance the budget on my back,” featuring a sad boy, bogged down by an enormous backpack. Here’s what the ad looked like: Clicking on the link sent me to the Connecticut Education Association’s (CEA) web page. That’s where… Continue reading Who Gets To Speak For Parents? Hint: It’s Not The Teachers Union

Budgets · In the State

What Happens If The State Doesn’t Pass A Budget? The Answer Is Deep Cuts For Schools

Connecticut’s General Assembly was unable to come to a budget agreement by the legislature’s June 30th deadline. The good news is, unlike places like New Jersey and Maine, we didn’t have a government shut down. Our state is still functioning because Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed an Executive Order Resource Allocation Plan. Unfortunately, when it comes… Continue reading What Happens If The State Doesn’t Pass A Budget? The Answer Is Deep Cuts For Schools

Hartford · In the State

A Parent Reflects On Fredrick Douglas’ Fourth of July Speech: Gwen Samuel Calls Out Status Quo For Their Silence

I wanted to share with my readers a recent blog post published by parent advocate Gwen Samuel. (If you haven’t already, you should check out her other blog posts too – she writes at RealTalkGwenSamuels.com) In her most recent post, she reflects on Fredrick Douglas’ famous July Fourth speech, “What To The Slave Is The… Continue reading A Parent Reflects On Fredrick Douglas’ Fourth of July Speech: Gwen Samuel Calls Out Status Quo For Their Silence

In the State

Feds Call Out Connecticut’s School Accountability Plan: Should State Also Be Looking At Whether Students Meet Grade Level?

Last year, Connecticut changed their school accountability system, updating the way student test scores factor into school ratings. Previously, schools were graded on how many kids met grade level expectations, now the state looks solely at growth data. Sounds great — but is this is this really the best way to measure whether schools are… Continue reading Feds Call Out Connecticut’s School Accountability Plan: Should State Also Be Looking At Whether Students Meet Grade Level?

Hartford

Is This A Symptom Of A Larger Problem? If Capital Prep Cherry Picked White Students, They May Have Done So To Meet Sheff Quotas

On Friday, Hartford Courant reporters Matthew Kauffman and Vanessa de la Torre broke the story that Capital Prep Magnet School in Hartford — a school that was already in hot water for selecting students outside the lottery — may have handpicked white students. If this turns out to be deliberate, which is yet to be seen,… Continue reading Is This A Symptom Of A Larger Problem? If Capital Prep Cherry Picked White Students, They May Have Done So To Meet Sheff Quotas

In the State

The Youth Take To The Capitol: Call On Legislators To Protect Summer Jobs Program For High Risk Students

According to Rafael Santiago, a youth leader representing the Hartford Promise Zone, students are already being prepared for summer jobs that may not exist anymore — that’s why a group of 19 through 21-year-olds took to the capitol on Thursday, in a bid to save thousands of youth summer jobs that may be on the chopping block.… Continue reading The Youth Take To The Capitol: Call On Legislators To Protect Summer Jobs Program For High Risk Students

Budgets · In the State

Summer Youth Employment Program Could Be Without Funding If Legislature Doesn’t Get It Together On State Budget

The fiscal year ends on July 1st, but Connecticut’s state legislature still hasn’t passed a budget bill. This means school districts are stuck in limbo. It also means that, unless the legislature can get it together before Friday, thousands of youth services jobs through the state’s summer youth employment program will go unfunded — a job… Continue reading Summer Youth Employment Program Could Be Without Funding If Legislature Doesn’t Get It Together On State Budget

Budgets · In the State

Do School Districts Have Time For A Cost Study? Gov. Malloy’s Not Buying it

Last Monday, Bridgeport’s Parent Center quietly announced that they’ll be discontinuing all adult education programs due to budget cuts. The week before, Norwalk’s Board of Education voted on a budget that put music lessons, intramural sports and kindergarten paraprofessionals on the chopping block. Hartford’s school board voted for a budget earlier this month that cuts… Continue reading Do School Districts Have Time For A Cost Study? Gov. Malloy’s Not Buying it

Hartford · In the State

Parent Warrior Gwen Samuel Shares Why She Can’t Be Bought: “Our Children Really Need Us To Step Up And Protect Them”

Gwen Samuel, a Meriden mom and the founder of the Connecticut Parents Union, shares her story, explaining why she can’t be brought by either side of the education debate: Shirley Chisholm said  “There is little place in the political scheme of things for an independent, creative personality, for a fighter. Anyone who takes that role must… Continue reading Parent Warrior Gwen Samuel Shares Why She Can’t Be Bought: “Our Children Really Need Us To Step Up And Protect Them”