New Education Chief Outlines Vision For Connecticut Schools

Dianna Wentzell takes over as Connecticut’s new education commissioner as educators face major obstacles to improving schools throughout the state. During her first month on the job, Wentzell toured several schools and laid out her vision for Connecticut’s education system to legislators.

CT Gov Vetoes Bill Requiring Ed Chief to Have Classroom Experience

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has vetoed a bill requiring the state’s education commissioner to have classroom and administrative experience, saying enshrining job requirements in state law could hamstring a governor’s ability to choose the best candidate

CT Study: Choice Programs Effective in Raising Academic Achievement

A report from the state Department of Education found that public charter schools and magnet schools operated by Regional Educational Service Centers (RESCs) have helped inner-city students achieve higher academic proficiency than their peers in the public school system.

CT Legislature Passes Charter School Transparency Bill

A bipartisan bill that seeks greater accountability and transparency from the operators of the state’s 22 public charter schools got resounding approval in both the Senate and the House Tuesday and will now move to the governor’s desk.

CT Senate Passes Bill to Help Students with Dyslexia

The Senate unanimously passed a bill that would help ensure that students with dyslexia are identified and getting the services they need, which isn’t the case now, according to many parents and experts who testified at a hearing earlier in the session.

1,000 Charter School Supporters Rally at CT Capitol

On a picture-perfect Thursday, hundreds of children, parents and grandparents donned chartreuse T-shirts and danced, shouted and pumped their signs at the Capitol to urge legislators to put money in the state budget to expand the number of seats available in charter schools.

CT Committee Eliminates Money for New Charter Schools

The legislature’s appropriations committee offered a version of the state budget Monday that brought mixed news for students, ranging from the inclusion of funding for extended-day programs in the neediest school districts and scholarships for students at private colleges, to the elimination of funding to expand charter schools.

Teacher Says Student Who Accused Her of Sex Was Harassing Her

Police say what started as an invitation from a 17-year old student to his high school physics teacher to attend a concert turned into a relationship that culminated with the teacher having sex with the student and buying him alcohol.

Report Says CT Is Making ‘Clear Progress’ in Desegregating Schools

After nearly three decades of efforts to desegregate its public schools, Connecticut is making “clear progress” in reducing racial isolation and erasing achievement gaps, even as the rest of the region is “moving backward,” according to a groundbreaking new report.

Coalition: Cutting CT Charter Funding Would Affect 2,000 Kids

The Coalition For Every Child says that more than 2,000 children would lose a chance for a seat in a public charter school if the legislature cuts out the almost $22 million that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has proposed for the expansion of charter school seats in the next two years.

Moratorium on Connecticut Charter Schools Rejected

The idea of putting a moratorium on new charter schools has been rejected by a key legislative committee, but that doesn’t yet give charter schools planned for Bridgeport and Stamford a green light.

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