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A judge has tossed out a Chicago educator's lawsuit against New London's board of education and its chairwoman.

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For years, Connecticut's public schools have been funded using a complicated formula that's left many schools underfunded. And there's no clear consensus on how to fix it.

It’s pretty mind-blowing to take in the who’s who list of luminaries who passed through Black Mountain College between 1933 and 1957.

Composer John Cage is one of them. He premiered “Sonata V” from his groundbreaking “Sonatas and Interludes” at the school in 1948.

The Community College of Rhode Island plans to open a new facility in Westerly to train workers for Electric Boat.

The company needs welders and other specialized employees to build nuclear submarines. Rhode Island Education Commissioner Jim Purcell said the new center is part of an effort to be more responsive to Electric Boat and other companies.

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Funding for Wesleyan University's school newspaper has been slashed by the student government. 

Recently a neighborhood in Brooklyn made national headlines for a fight over public schools. Lots of affluent, mainly white families have been moving into new condos in the waterfront area called DUMBO, and the local elementary school is getting overcrowded.

The city wants to redraw the zones in a way that would send kids from this predominantly white school to a nearby school where enrollment is over 90 percent black and Hispanic and which draws many of its students from a public housing project. Some parents on both sides of the line balked.

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As a junior in high school, Michael Beale had a candy business that was pretty successful. But it wasn't exactly a school-sanctioned activity.

"Let's just say it was off the school's books," Beale said, speaking at a recent financial literacy event in East Hartford. Eventually the school shut down his black market sweets operation, but it didn't stop his desire to learn more about personal finance.

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Three years ago, Hurricane Sandy hit the shores of Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey, killing 71 people and causing damages worth $50 billion. We suffer from a kind of amnesia: we know it happened, but we hesitate to change much about the way we prepare for future events. New York invested nearly $20 billion in new protective measures, simultaneously allowing 900 new housing units to be constructed next to the water.

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Mystic Aquarium is launching a national program to reach out to at-risk youth, and it's the result of the biggest federal grant the non-profit has ever received.

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Members of the University of Connecticut community have begun a couple of fundraisers hoping to offset the negative image generated by a video of a student berating food service workers who refused to sell him jalapeño-bacon macaroni and cheese.

On Campus, Older Faculty Keep On Keepin' On

Oct 9, 2015

Ken Nickerson could have retired from his job as a professor of biological sciences at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln 10 years ago, when he turned 62.

He could have retired five years ago, when the university offered faculty a year's salary to step down as part of a buyout to encourage more of them to leave.

He could have retired last year, when, in yet another buyout offer, administrators dangled the equivalent of 90 percent of one full year's salary in front of faculty who would finally agree to go.

But Nickerson stayed.

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A recent New York Times op-ed drew attention to Yale University’s endowment and how the money is spent. The report found more was spent on private equity fund managers than to students. This has prompted renewed debate and criticism over big endowments at big schools. But the argument isn’t new. This hour, a conversation with higher education experts about the management of endowment money at the nation’s elite schools.

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The sudden announcement that the top education official in the country is resigning has been met with a mix of reactions in Connecticut.

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Across America, low-income, first generation college students are not graduating at the same rate as some of their wealthier peers. Coming up, we take a closer look at this trend with WAMU reporter Kavitha Cardoza. Her documentary is called “Lower Income, Higher Ed."  

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A new report for state lawmakers shows there were 85 sexual assault complaints from members of the UConn community in 2014, and seven students expelled for committing sexual assault. 

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The White House recently honored a Hartford teenager and a police officer for their efforts to improve relationships between cops and young people. 

Schools across Vermont are trying to figure out how to consolidate services and also expand academic opportunities. As controversy swirls about how to preserve school choice, a growing number of students are choosing courses beyond school walls — in cyberspace. 

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Child development experts from Connecticut have created a system to help kids who have behavior problems get the help they need. The pilot program is now being rolled out in several states across the country.

You can't miss the new Nicole Goodner MacFarlane Center when you enter Landmark College. 

The brand new 28,500 square-foot building dominates the view as you drive onto the Putney campus.

Michelle Bower is chair of the mathematics and computer science department and she says the school's new science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM center, makes a statement about Landmark's focus on research and science.

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Under current law, by the time students in this year’s sixth grade class reach 12th grade, there will be new, more rigorous requirements to graduate high school.

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Yale University reported that its endowment grew to a record high $25.6 billion based on an 11.5 percent return for the fiscal year that ended June 30.

Dartmouth College has released the results of a major survey which finds that more than 1 in 4 female undergraduates at the school have been victims of some sort of unwanted sexual encounter.

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The school administrator from Avon who spearheaded the district's decision to replace social workers with school psychologists, has left Avon to work in New Britain. 

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At Wesleyan University, known for its liberal culture, a campaign to shut down the campus newspaper is coming from an unlikely source: its students. 

At St. Paul's School, dorms are full again and on afternoons you can see students walking across the Concord campus dressed for practice as they gear up for the fall athletic season. It looks like a typical start to a new school year, but the first weeks of classes come not quite a month after high profile trial put St Paul's School front and center in the national media.

At Brown University, a campus-wide survey shows one in four female undergraduates said they had experienced some type of unwanted sexual contact. Further, the survey found ten percent of female undergraduate students had experienced attempted rape. For female graduate students, that number was eight percent.

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Between all we know to be true, and all we know to be false, lies a world of woo. Woo-Woo, to use the official term, refers to ideas considered irrational or based on extremely flimsy evidence, or that appeal to mysterious occult forces or powers.

But who decides what's woo-woo, and what gets accepted into the hallowed halls of scientific truth?

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Seven Connecticut school districts are offering free breakfast and lunch for all students, thanks to a new meal program offered by the federal government called the Community Eligibility Provision, or CEP. 

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A judge has ruled that 85 members of a Yale University fraternity face trial in a lawsuit brought by the families of two victims of a crash during tailgating events before a football game against Harvard in 2011.

For the first time, a Vermont state college is entering into a partnership with a community college in another state. Lyndon State will offer classes this spring on a campus of Northern Essex Community College, in Lawrence, Massachusetts.