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State BOE Expected to Appoint New Interim Education Commissioner

A new year means new leadership at the state Department of Education. With Stefan Pryor on his way to Rhode Island, the State Board of Education is expected to name veteran educator Dr. Dianna Roberger-Wentzell interim Education Commissioner at Wednesday morning’s state board meeting. Roberger-Wentzell is not new to the Connecticut education scene. A 25-year… Continue reading State BOE Expected to Appoint New Interim Education Commissioner

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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

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Union-controlled State BOE Appointee Raises Conflict Questions

Last week, Erin Benham was appointed to the State Board of Education, creating an unprecedented potential for conflicts of interest. Benham, you see, is an officer with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the president of an AFT affiliate, the Meriden Federation of Teachers. She’s also a longtime middle school teacher, which is great,… Continue reading Union-controlled State BOE Appointee Raises Conflict Questions

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Gov. Malloy Announces An additional $132 Million in Funding for State’s Lowest-Performing Schools

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Thursday an additional $132,901,813 in funding for 30 of the lowest performing school districts in the state for the 2014-15 school year. Bridgeport will be receiving the second largest chunk of the $132 million, at $14,704,804, a $5 million increase from last year. This money is coming from the Alliance… Continue reading Gov. Malloy Announces An additional $132 Million in Funding for State’s Lowest-Performing Schools

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State Announces Additional Funding for Arts Education

It’s always good news to hear that the Connecticut Department of Education is freeing up more grant money for schools, especially when it’s in an area of great need. This latest round will be given to districts to strengthen arts education, an area that is all too often left out despite the fact that there’s… Continue reading State Announces Additional Funding for Arts Education

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What Will the Future Bring For Dunbar School?

Superintendent Fran Rabinowitz told parents and community members, “We will not miss a beat,” assuring the crowd at a forum Thursday night that Dunbar School will continue to move forward. Rabinowitz has decided to maintain as much as possible of the school’s existing staff and direction, a decision for which she should be applauded. Dunbar… Continue reading What Will the Future Bring For Dunbar School?

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Union Resolution Ignores the Needs of Students

When the American Federation of Teachers passed a resolution demanding that Connecticut commissioners of education have the same certification as superintendents of schools, they ignored one important point: It is not the job of an education commissioner to directly supervise teachers and support staff and run an individual school. It is the job of an… Continue reading Union Resolution Ignores the Needs of Students

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New Quinnipiac Poll Shows a Rise in Approval of Malloy’s Education Policy

The results of a new Quinnipiac University poll shows, contrary to what a certain irate blogger has been spouting, Governor Malloy’s approval rating for education is on the rise. According to a press release sent out this morning, “voters approve 45 – 39 percent of the way he is handling education.” As education news site… Continue reading New Quinnipiac Poll Shows a Rise in Approval of Malloy’s Education Policy

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Response To Wendy Lecker: The Solution to Failing Schools is Not to Do Nothing

Wendy Lecker, lawyer and sometimes columnist for Hearst Media Group went on yet another anti-Malloy tirade. This time she argues against the proposed changes to Connecticut’s teacher evaluation system. As usual, Lecker attacks but offers no solutions of her own. In fact, she suggests we just get rid of the teacher evaluation system altogether. Great… Continue reading Response To Wendy Lecker: The Solution to Failing Schools is Not to Do Nothing

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Bridgeport BOE Votes To Explore Legal Action Against Both City and State

On Monday, the Bridgeport Board of Education voted 7-2 in favor of exploring legal options against the state Board of Education over two new charter schools approved for Bridgeport. At the very same meeting, the board also voted to explore their legal options against the city of Bridgeport over what they consider to be underfunding… Continue reading Bridgeport BOE Votes To Explore Legal Action Against Both City and State