In the State

The Youth Take To The Capitol: Call On Legislators To Protect Summer Jobs Program For High Risk Students

According to Rafael Santiago, a youth leader representing the Hartford Promise Zone, students are already being prepared for summer jobs that may not exist anymore — that’s why a group of 19 through 21-year-olds took to the capitol on Thursday, in a bid to save thousands of youth summer jobs that may be on the chopping block.… Continue reading The Youth Take To The Capitol: Call On Legislators To Protect Summer Jobs Program For High Risk Students

Budgets · In the State

Do School Districts Have Time For A Cost Study? Gov. Malloy’s Not Buying it

Last Monday, Bridgeport’s Parent Center quietly announced that they’ll be discontinuing all adult education programs due to budget cuts. The week before, Norwalk’s Board of Education voted on a budget that put music lessons, intramural sports and kindergarten paraprofessionals on the chopping block. Hartford’s school board voted for a budget earlier this month that cuts… Continue reading Do School Districts Have Time For A Cost Study? Gov. Malloy’s Not Buying it

In the State

Gov. Malloy Releases Details Of New Education Funding Formula Proposal

Last month, during his state of the state address, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced that he planned to propose a new school funding formula to replace the Education Cost Sharing grant (ECS) — today, the governor’s office released details of his proposal. While visiting New Britain’s Smalley Academy,  citing the groundbreaking CCJEF v. Rell decision,… Continue reading Gov. Malloy Releases Details Of New Education Funding Formula Proposal

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

State Of The State: Gov. Malloy Calls For New Way To Distribute Education Funding

Today, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy did something that many other officials have seemed to refuse (Looking at you state Performance Evaluation Advisory Council) — he recognized the importance of Superior Court Judge Thomas Mouskawsher’s ruling in the CCJEF v. Rell case. During the opening of the legislative session, Malloy used his state-of-the-state address to set… Continue reading State Of The State: Gov. Malloy Calls For New Way To Distribute Education Funding

Students

Are State Republican Leaders Serious? Bridgeport Parents React To GOP Proposed Plan That Could Shut Down Charter Schools

“This proposal is absolutely outrageous and unacceptable,” said outspoken education advocate and Achievement First parent Claudia Phillips. Phillips is upset over a proposal announced by state Republican lawmakers last week that would retroactively cut funding for charter schools by $12.9 million this year. According the Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now (ConnCAN), if passed, this proposal… Continue reading Are State Republican Leaders Serious? Bridgeport Parents React To GOP Proposed Plan That Could Shut Down Charter Schools

Students

State Teachers Union’s Recent Outcry Against Testing Is Disingenuous

Is it that time of year again? You know, the time of year when the Connecticut Education Association (CEA) changes its mind on a major education issue and suddenly demands that state legislators reverse decisions that they were apart of making and supported. Last year, it was the state’s teacher evaluation system – a system… Continue reading State Teachers Union’s Recent Outcry Against Testing Is Disingenuous

Bridgeport · Students

Bridgeport Parents Among Activist Calling on State Leaders to Focus on Education

Bridgeport parents were among activists at the state capitol Wednesday morning who called on state leaders to prioritize education this legislative session. The press conference was organized by a coalition called For Every Child, the same group responsible for holding the rally on New Haven’s Green last month. Parents took to the podium donning bright… Continue reading Bridgeport Parents Among Activist Calling on State Leaders to Focus on Education

Bridgeport · Students

Bridgeport Awarded $50K By State To Improve Art Education

On the tails of announcing additional grant money for the expansion of pre-k, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced today that Bridgeport will receive an additional $49,952 from the state to help improve arts education–an area in which Bridgeport schools are sorely lacking. “This program expands the way the arts and humanities are taught in schools… Continue reading Bridgeport Awarded $50K By State To Improve Art Education

Students

AP and SAT Exam Results Show Narrowing of Achievement Gap

The recent release of last year’s SAT and AP scores by the College Board showed mixed results overall; however there were promising gains for Connecticut students who are traditionally underrepresented. According to a release issued by the State Department of Education yesterday, this year brought a dramatic increase in black and Hispanic students participating in… Continue reading AP and SAT Exam Results Show Narrowing of Achievement Gap