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

In the State · New Haven

On The Parent Express Trail: Two State Legislators Discuss Education Priorities Going Into 2017 Session

Tomorrow begins the legislative session for the Connecticut General Assembly. This year will be an important one. With both the CCJEF decision and budget deficit looming, it’s likely there will be major education decision on the table. Two weeks ago, during the Connecticut Parents Union parent express bus tour I sat down briefly with two… Continue reading On The Parent Express Trail: Two State Legislators Discuss Education Priorities Going Into 2017 Session

In the State

State Advisory Council On Teacher Evaluations Ignores Groundbreaking Equity Ruling:  Votes To Continue Watered-Down Teacher Evaluations

I’m sure you’ve all heard of the quote: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” It’s worth repeating for Connecticut’s Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC). A few months after Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher called the state’s current teacher evaluation system “little more than cotton… Continue reading State Advisory Council On Teacher Evaluations Ignores Groundbreaking Equity Ruling:  Votes To Continue Watered-Down Teacher Evaluations

In the State · Waterbury

Why Are Top Schools Being Left To Fight For School Funding? Brass City Parents Rally Against Cuts

It’s become an unfortunate, perennial event. Every year families whose children attend charter schools are forced to fight to retain their school’s funding — and, it appears the fight for funding next year has already begun. On Tuesday, students, parents, and staff at Brass City Charter School in Waterbury rallied, urging state lawmakers to reject $11 million… Continue reading Why Are Top Schools Being Left To Fight For School Funding? Brass City Parents Rally Against Cuts

Bridgeport · In the State · New Haven

Connecticut Clergy To General Assembly: It’s Time To Fix Broken School Funding System

On Monday afternoon, a group pastors gathered on the steps of Grace Baptist Church in Norwalk, calling on Connecticut’s General Assembly to take immediate action to fix the state’s broken school funding system. “I implore each citizen of Connecticut to rise up,” said the Rev. Carl McCluster of Shiloh Baptist Church in Bridgeport. “Not against the fair… Continue reading Connecticut Clergy To General Assembly: It’s Time To Fix Broken School Funding System

In the State

Poll Shows Majority Of Connecticut Voters Want Legislature To Act On CCJEF Decision

Despite the recent backlash against Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher’s ruling, it turns out the majority of Connecticut voters agree with his decision. According to a poll released yesterday by the Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now (ConnCAN), two-thirds (68%) of Connecticut voters support the intentions of Moukawsher’s decision. This might come as a bit of… Continue reading Poll Shows Majority Of Connecticut Voters Want Legislature To Act On CCJEF Decision

Bridgeport · New Haven · Students

Sorry, Not Sorry: Recent Events In New Haven Prove “High-Stakes Testing” Is A Complete And Utter Myth

Editor’s note: The following rant is not for the eyes of children. You have been warned. —–   What does the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and high-stakes testing in Connecticut all have in common? Stumped? Well, I hate to break it to you, but none of those things exist.   Have I destroyed your… Continue reading Sorry, Not Sorry: Recent Events In New Haven Prove “High-Stakes Testing” Is A Complete And Utter Myth

Reform · Students

Will Things Ever Really Change? CCJEF Appeal Or Not, Bridgeport Needs State Leaders To Act!

Last Wednesday, about 40 parents gathered in front of Geraldine Johnson School in Bridgeport, demanding the resignation of the school board member Maria Pereira. The situation has gotten so bad, that some are even asking for state intervention. “This is only happening in Bridgeport, Connecticut,” said parent Wanda Simmons during the rally.  “Our children are… Continue reading Will Things Ever Really Change? CCJEF Appeal Or Not, Bridgeport Needs State Leaders To Act!

Reform · Standards · Students

Bridgeport Board In Complete Disarray During Pivotal Time

What a shameful state of affairs — on the very same day the New York Times published an article detailing the gross inequity faced by students attending Bridgeport schools, a political feud between board members halted the city’s school board. Monday afternoon, the Connecticut Post reported that school board chairman Dennis Bradley canceled the school… Continue reading Bridgeport Board In Complete Disarray During Pivotal Time

Students

Bridgeport BOE Considering Lawsuit Against State; City

Once again, the Bridgeport Board of Education wants to ligate away their problems. At last night’s board meeting, following the announcement that the district is facing a more than $2.5 million budget gap, newly appointed BOE member Kate Rivera made a motion to “explore suing the state and the city to fully fund our schools.”… Continue reading Bridgeport BOE Considering Lawsuit Against State; City