Budgets · In the State

What’s A Better Option? No Educational Aid For Some Towns Or Passing A Budget That Gives A 955 Percent Increase To Greenwich Public Schools At The Expense Of Poorer Students?

I have to agree with Gov. Dannel Malloy, though I think I will expand his statements to include his own party: The GOP budget is a “hot mess,” but so is the alternative. As far as schools are concerned, the biggest difference between the governor’s stop gap budget and the GOP plan is one would… Continue reading What’s A Better Option? No Educational Aid For Some Towns Or Passing A Budget That Gives A 955 Percent Increase To Greenwich Public Schools At The Expense Of Poorer Students?

In the State · New Haven

Doesn’t This Sound Familiar? New Haven School Board Infighting Ends In Halted Superintendent Search

In case you need a “poster child” for why politics and education don’t go together, recently New Haven’s school board seems to be taking cues from Bridgeport — where infighting and rancor halted their search for a permanent superintendent nearly three years. If you need a refresher, here’s footage from Bridgeport’s last year: At the… Continue reading Doesn’t This Sound Familiar? New Haven School Board Infighting Ends In Halted Superintendent Search

Bridgeport · In the State

Today State Legislators Should Heed The Words Of Connecticut Parents

Here’s something that state leaders should watch! Below is parent and Bridgeport Board of Education candidate Chaila Robinson’s emotional plea for equitable school funding, where she talks about the real impact of the legislature’s neglect: Bridgeport is in a particularly tough situation. The district had to cut paraprofessionals and other support services due to the… Continue reading Today State Legislators Should Heed The Words Of Connecticut Parents

In the State

Bruce Ravage: Underfunding At Charters Means Students Often Do Without

With the state budget crisis looming, there’s been lots of talk on the underfunding at traditional public schools. What doesn’t get play is the dire situation charter schools face – especially smaller independent schools like Park City Prep in Bridgeport. As Executive Director and founder of Park City Prep Bruce Ravage, writes, the school was… Continue reading Bruce Ravage: Underfunding At Charters Means Students Often Do Without

Hartford · In the State

The Other Side Of Open Choice: Hartford Mom Speaks Out On Racism Her Sons Faced In Suburban School

The Open Choice program, which allows students to enter into a lottery for seats at schools outside their home district, was devised by the state as a way to fix racial segregation in schools. The goal of the program is to help kids in places like Hartford, by giving minority students access to high performing… Continue reading The Other Side Of Open Choice: Hartford Mom Speaks Out On Racism Her Sons Faced In Suburban School

Hartford · In the State

PDK Poll Results Illustrates Exactly Why Hartford’s Desegregation Plan Has Yet To Work

Twenty years after Connecticut State Supreme Court ruled that Hartford Public Schools had to immediately desegregate, more than half of all Hartford- area students still go to racially isolated schools — how is it that we haven’t followed through with the promise of Sheff v. O’Neill? Obviously, there aren’t any simple answers to this question: Why hasn’t Connecticut… Continue reading PDK Poll Results Illustrates Exactly Why Hartford’s Desegregation Plan Has Yet To Work

Budgets · In the State

Katie Roy: State Democrats Education Formula Would Be Even Less Viable Than Current Plan

In a recent Op-Ed for Connecticut Viewpoints, the Executive Director of the School Finance Project Katie Roy, points out one glaring flaw in the Democrat budget plan: Its fix for the state’s education funding formula is actually less viable than the current formula! So much so that it would take over fifty years for the… Continue reading Katie Roy: State Democrats Education Formula Would Be Even Less Viable Than Current Plan

Budgets · In the State

Gov. Malloy Says Everyone Has a Veto On The Budget? What About Parents & Taxpayers?

Last Wednesday, Governor Dannel Malloy sat down with the New Haven Register’s Editorial Board to discuss the state budget.  During the interview he said something enlightening: “I think the legislature has become fond of giving everyone a veto to the budget. The unions have a veto. The local governments have a veto. The hospitals have… Continue reading Gov. Malloy Says Everyone Has a Veto On The Budget? What About Parents & Taxpayers?

Budgets · In the State

This Isn’t A “Robin hood” Budget: Poorest Districts Saved From Some Education Cuts, But Will Still Be Hit

Students go back to school in two weeks and state leaders still haven’t figured out how to pass a budget — the uncertainty means that districts have no idea how to plan for the schools year. On Friday things got even more dire. Gov. Dannel Malloy announced a new executive order, amending his previous order,… Continue reading This Isn’t A “Robin hood” Budget: Poorest Districts Saved From Some Education Cuts, But Will Still Be Hit

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