Bridgeport · In the State

Bassick HS Principal Decision: Is This What Happens When AFT Connecticut “Defuses” Parent Trigger?

Connecticut’s parent trigger law, passed in 2010, was supposed to empower parents — but if what’s going on at Bassick High School in Bridgeport is any indication the law isn’t working the way it should. Last week, it was announced that Bassick is getting a new principal. The tenth in less than a decade and… Continue reading Bassick HS Principal Decision: Is This What Happens When AFT Connecticut “Defuses” Parent Trigger?

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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

Bridgeport · Hartford · In the State

Education Bills To Watch: Rundown Of What’s Been Proposed By The State Legislature So Far

The General Assembly’s Education Committee met for the first time during the 2017 legislative session this afternoon. While, it’s bit early to tell what will happen this session, even at this juncture, there are already important education issues on the table. Here’s a quick rundown of a few education bills to watch in upcoming session:… Continue reading Education Bills To Watch: Rundown Of What’s Been Proposed By The State Legislature So Far

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Connecticut Education Association Latest Attack On Teacher Evaluation System Fails to Mention How Lack Of Accountability Will Lead To Equity

Here’s a great question for the Connecticut Education Association (CEA): How will eliminating student achievement data from teacher evaluations help close achievement gap? How will it help “every child succeed?” The reason I ask this question is because, incredibly, the CEA is trying to cast their opposition to teacher accountability as promoting equality.   Two… Continue reading Connecticut Education Association Latest Attack On Teacher Evaluation System Fails to Mention How Lack Of Accountability Will Lead To Equity

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State Education Leaders Pushing Off Linking Teacher Evaluations To State Exams Again – But At What Cost?

The Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC), the advisory council tasked with reviewing state assessments and evaluations, has decided to backslide on teacher accountability — again. Last Wednesday, PEAC voted 8-1 to recommend the state hold off on requiring districts to link state assessments with teacher evaluation until the 2017-2018 school year, according to the Connecticut… Continue reading State Education Leaders Pushing Off Linking Teacher Evaluations To State Exams Again – But At What Cost?

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Connecticut Education Association’s Fear Mongering Over Commissioner Network Bill Has Nothing To Do With “Protecting” Parents’ Rights

Let’s get one thing straight: The current Commissioner’s Network process is hardly democratic, and in practice, the resulting plans are rarely representative of the broader community. It’s almost laughable that the Connecticut Education Association (CEA), is now claiming that their opposition to Senate Bill 5551, which reforms the Commissioner’s Network, is about “protecting the rights”… Continue reading Connecticut Education Association’s Fear Mongering Over Commissioner Network Bill Has Nothing To Do With “Protecting” Parents’ Rights

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The Connecticut Education Association’s Recent Attack On Charter Schools Extremely Suspect 

It would appears, once again, the state’s largest teacher’s union are taking aim at charter schools. About two weeks ago, the Connecticut Education Association (CEA), issued a press release claiming that one-third of them employ more than the allowable amount of non-certified teachers. In their release, the CEA specifically cites the Achievement First network of schools as… Continue reading The Connecticut Education Association’s Recent Attack On Charter Schools Extremely Suspect 

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Is Connecticut Education Association Already Gearing Up to Dismantle State Accountability System?

The fact that congress is nearing the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) after over a decade of stagnation should be uplifting news for education reform advocates. Unfortunately, in Connecticut, ‘should be’ are the operative words. The new version of ESEA, if passed by the Senate and signed into law by President… Continue reading Is Connecticut Education Association Already Gearing Up to Dismantle State Accountability System?

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Politics At Its Worst: Opposing Free SAT Tests For Connecticut

In a blazing act of political cynicism, Jon Pelto has come out in opposition of free SAT testing for Connecticut’s students and eliminating the SBAC test for high school juniors. Why would anyone oppose this? Well, in Jon’s case, it’s probably because the Malloy administration was behind it. Pelto recently called the state’s decision to… Continue reading Politics At Its Worst: Opposing Free SAT Tests For Connecticut

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Common Sense Beats Out Special Interest Lobby: Democrats Decide not to Seek Veto of Education Commissioner Bill

Today, common sense beat out special interests. Rather than giving into union demands, state Democratic leaders announced their decision to not seek an override of any of the bills vetoed by Governor Dannel Malloy. This is good news, since one of the bills in question was HB 6977 – a bill that would have needlessly… Continue reading Common Sense Beats Out Special Interest Lobby: Democrats Decide not to Seek Veto of Education Commissioner Bill