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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

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Malloy Vetoes Unnecessarily Restrictive Education Commissioner Requirement

People are coming out of the woodwork to criticize Gov. Dannel Malloy’s decision to veto HB 6977 – a bill that would have imposed unnecessarily restrictive qualifications for individuals appointed to the position of State Education Commissioner. I have one question for state leaders who are considering holding a vote on overriding Malloy’s veto: Has… Continue reading Malloy Vetoes Unnecessarily Restrictive Education Commissioner Requirement

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General Assembly Prioritizes Politics Over Student Stability

Shouldn’t decisions on school openings and expansion be decided by the education professionals at the State Board of Education and the State Department of Education? The answer appears to be no, according to those praising the new charter school bill passed by the state assembly last week. On the surface, Senate Bill 1096 updates transparency… Continue reading General Assembly Prioritizes Politics Over Student Stability

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What About The Undue Influence of the Teachers Union?

As of late, there have been a flurry of news stories calling out charter school advocacy groups for spending “unprecedented” amounts of money on lobbying legislators. While I can’t blame journalists for pointing out spending, here’s the issue: These recent attacks on education advocacy organizations and the parents they support omit glaring and important details.… Continue reading What About The Undue Influence of the Teachers Union?

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Connecticut Teachers Unions to Rally Against Accountability

While “Rally Against Accountability” is not the official title, it is certainly a more accurate one. On Tuesday May 12th the Connecticut Education Association (CEA) and the Connecticut Federation Teachers (AFT-CT) will hold a rally on the north lawn of the state house to promote their plan to “eliminate testing” – or so they say.… Continue reading Connecticut Teachers Unions to Rally Against Accountability

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Did the Teacher’s Union Pay Off Legislators to Vote Against Connecticut Families?

When the two largest teachers unions in the state are bankrolling more than a third of the members on the state legislature’s Appropriations Committee it’s no wonder that kids lose out. This is the sad reality in Connecticut, where, on Monday, the General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee advanced a biennial budget plan that would strip $20.9 million… Continue reading Did the Teacher’s Union Pay Off Legislators to Vote Against Connecticut Families?

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Are State Teachers’ Unions Gunning to Halt Charter Schools?

How much does it cost to get state legislators to ignore the calls of thousands of parents? Apparently, for the two largest teachers unions, around $6,500. According to the National Institute on Money in State Politics, a state campaign finance watchdog website, and state finance filings, that’s the amount of direct campaign contributions collectively received… Continue reading Are State Teachers’ Unions Gunning to Halt Charter Schools?