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A large group of students walked out of the University of Notre Dame's commencement ceremony Sunday in protest of Vice President Mike Pence's policies.

Video from the event shows people applauding followed by loud boos as the vice president began a commencement address at the school, while dozens of students began to file out from the floor of the stadium.

The walkout was planned in protest at what organizers called Pence's policies that "have marginalized our vulnerable sisters and brothers for their religion, skin color, or sexual orientation."

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has been a passionate proponent of expanding school choice, including private school vouchers and charter schools, and she has the clear backing of President Trump. But does the research justify her enthusiasm?

Experts say one single, overarching issue bedevils their efforts to study the impact of school choice programs. That is: It's hard to disentangle the performance of a school from the selection of its students.

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New Haven is looking for partnerships and outside funding to help improve reading and literacy in the city’s public schools. This follows a new commissioned report, which includes a few costly recommendations.

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Special education professionals and parents gathered at the University of Connecticut's School of Law on Friday, to talk about changes that may follow a landmark court case decided last September. One of those changes has to do with perceptions of children with severe disabilities.

Western New England University is looking into statements allegedly posted by a member of the women's lacrosse team calling on President Trump to "build that wall."

Friday was Cinco de Mayo, May 5th, a Mexican holiday celebrating the country's victory in a battle against the French in 1862. In the U.S., it's become a celebration of Mexican American culture.

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Connecticut’s Sheff magnet system is back in the spotlight -- this time, for reports of questionable admissions practices.

This hour: hand-picked or luck of the draw? We find out how some Hartford-area schools have been skirting around the state’s lottery process

Capital Preparatory Magnet School

State auditors found that a Hartford magnet school has been cherry-picking its students, bypassing the random lottery process that's supposed to determine who goes there. 

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A candlelight vigil was held Tuesday night for eight graduate teaching assistants at Yale University that began a hunger strike a week ago. The students started fasting in an attempt to pressure the university into union contract negotiations.

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A Milford-based entrepreneur is launching a training course designed to help with a shortage of web and mobile software developers -- an issue that’s only expected to get worse in coming years. 

The Ethel Walker School

In a world of buzzing smartphones, endless meetings and persistent deadlines, how can we be more in-tune with ourselves and more creative in our endeavors?

Connecticut Colleges Announce Commencement Speakers

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Graduation season is approaching, and eminent poets, authors, and other notables will be presenting the 2017 commencements at Connecticut colleges and universities. 

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Eight graduate teaching assistants at Yale University have begun a hunger strike in an attempt to force the school into union contract negotiations. 

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The faculty senate of Central Connecticut State University plans to take a vote of no confidence in the Board of Regents for Higher Education and its president, Mark Ojakian. Earlier this month the Board adopted the framework of Ojakian’s sweeping plan for administrative consolidations in the statewide system.

A residency requirement for college students seeking free tuition at New York’s public colleges is drawing criticism. Governor Cuomo defends the late addition to the plan, approved as part of the state budget earlier this month.

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A plan to consolidate operations within Connecticut’s State Colleges and Universities system — to save millions — has roiled staff and raised questions about how well the schools can respond to the needs of students in their communities.

This hour, we talk about the Board of Regents decision and we want to hear from you.

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