Commissioner of Education Dianna Wentzell, on a conference call this week with all school superintendents in the state, announced that for districts like Bridgeport, the cut will be subtracted not from the regular Education Cost Sharing grant that flows through the municipality, but instead from a dedicated Alliance grant that goes directly to the school district.
A U.S. Department of Education official has issued a warning that a portion of the September Superior Court court ruling in a Connecticut school funding case could potentially lead to violations of federal special education law.
Racial disparities in employment, housing, health, law enforcement and in the presidential campaign are all issues the NAACP continued to discuss throughout 2016. But starting a nationwide discussion on education, more specifically charter schools, was a top priority at the Connecticut NAACP’s annual state convention Saturday.
In September, Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher sent shockwaves through Connecticut. In a ruling that drew national coverage and could fundamentally alter the state’s education system, Moukawsher said “Connecticut is defaulting on its constitutional duty” to give an adequate education to all children in the state.
The Connecticut State Board of Education endorsed a controversial new alternate route for teacher certification run by Relay Graduate School of Education after about two hours of public testimony, most of it opposed to the program.
There are measures that state lawmakers, the Judicial Branch and the governor can quickly take to improve Connecticut education even before the state Supreme Court hears an upcoming appeal on school quality, lawmakers were told Friday.
The Connecticut Supreme Court Tuesday agreed to hear challenges to Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher’s controversial order calling for sweeping changes to the way the state teaches children and pays for their education.
Attorney General George Jepsen’s office filed an appeal Thursday asking the Connecticut Supreme Court to conclude that a trial judge embarked on “an uncharted and legally unsupported path” last week in asserting authority over how the state distributes education aid and sets standards for graduating from high school, serving special-needs students and evaluating teachers.
Declaring that “Connecticut is defaulting on its constitutional duty” to fairly educate its poorest children, a Superior Court judge on Wednesday ordered the state to come up with a new funding formula for public schools.
In an epic legal battle over how Connecticut funds local education, Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher ruled Wednesday that the state’s method for distributing education aid is irrational and unconstitutional, but he declined to second-guess the General Assembly on the ultimate level of state spending.
A California-based educational-advocacy group has filed a federal lawsuit charging that Connecticut’s restrictions on magnet and charter schools harm city children and violate the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution.
After investigating a complaint from legal advocates, the state Department of Education has ordered the Hartford school system to stop placing expelled special education students in the district’s flawed New Visions program.
Connecticut students who took the state’s Smarter Balanced test in the spring showed significant improvement over last year, though less than half of the state’s students are meeting or exceeding the achievement standard on the math section of the exam.
A network of magnet schools in Connecticut can serve as a model for achieving the kind of diversity that is lacking in too many American schools, U.S. Education Secretary John B. King Jr. said Wednesday.