Budgets · In the State

Gearing Up For Important School Funding Battle; Education Groups Weigh in On School Formula

Should education funding be based on location? In Connecticut, it largely is. Right now, there’s eleven different school funding formulas — including ECS which the state effectively stopped using in 2013 — all largely based, not on student need, but on zip code and school type. With the state gearing up for what seems like… Continue reading Gearing Up For Important School Funding Battle; Education Groups Weigh in On School Formula

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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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Correcting Anti-Reform Spin On Latest NAEP Scores

It’s only been a day since the National Center for Education Statistics released the results from the latest round of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), and it seems everyone has already lost their minds. Only few hours after scores were released, the Connecticut Education Association was calling for the dismantling of recent reforms.… Continue reading Correcting Anti-Reform Spin On Latest NAEP Scores

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CEA’s Latest Distortion: Do Parents Really Want to Eliminate Testing As Much As Union Members?

Last week the Connecticut Education Association (CEA), the state’s largest teacher’s union, published a blog post on the results of a recent Phi Delta Kappa(PDK)/Gallup poll that alleges that parents claims parents hate standardized testing. Of course, this conclusion completely disregards mounting evidence to the contrary. While the PDK/Gallup poll did find that around 64… Continue reading CEA’s Latest Distortion: Do Parents Really Want to Eliminate Testing As Much As Union Members?

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Teachers Union Doubles-Down on Inflammatory Allegations

It appears one inflammatory allegation wasn’t enough for the Connecticut Education Association (CEA) which, on Friday, doubled-down on claims against the non-profit education advocacy group Connecticut Council for Education Reform (CCER) Connecticut. In case you’re wondering what I’m referring to, a few days ago, the CEA alleged that CCER obtained “personally identifiable” student data from… Continue reading Teachers Union Doubles-Down on Inflammatory Allegations

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Eye-Roll Alert: Pelto Accuses Former Superintendent With PhD In Education Of Having “No Expertise” In Improving Schools

In his latest entry into the boy-who-cried-wolf annals, Jon Pelto accuses the state Department of Education of breaking the law for allowing leaders from the Connecticut Council for Education Reform to present at the department’s quarterly Alliance District Convening meeting. He ludicrously claims that CCER is ONLY a lobbying group and that they have “no… Continue reading Eye-Roll Alert: Pelto Accuses Former Superintendent With PhD In Education Of Having “No Expertise” In Improving Schools