8:47 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Hartford Public Schools to Improve Services for ELL Students

Hartford Public Schools have signed an agreement with federal education authorities to improve supports and services for students who are English Language Learners.  

A complaint was filed with U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights in 2007 on behalf of Somali-Bantu, Liberian and Spanish-speaking students in the Hartford Public Schools.   

"Students did not have appropriate amounts of supports, accommodations and services so they could understand what was being asked of them."

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Higher Education
12:07 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Service Members Lose Tuition Assistance

Many service members join the military because they’re eligible for tuition assistance and the GI Bill. But service members are losing these educational benefits because of federal budget cuts.

Michael Sanzo signed up in 2004 as an Army infantryman. 

"I knew when I was 18, 19 years old that I wasn’t ready for college. I had no way to pay for it. So I made a decision. Cause I knew how important it was to have a degree."

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Where We Live
10:40 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Mentoring: Programs That Work

Chion Wolf

Many students aren’t getting the help they need, but could flourish with a little help.

"Every student needs to know there’s some adult out there who’s looking out for them. Even if it’s not a biological parent. It makes a huge difference in outcomes."

That was leading education reform scholar Pedro Noguera on Where We Live.

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5:58 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Mercy High School Tech Tigers

J Holt

Over 50,000 students world wide will participate in the First Robotics Competition this year, and forty five teams are based here in Connecticut. WNPR's J Holt brings us the story of one of those teams.

In early January, teams of students gathered in high school auditoriums nationwide, for the kick off of an annual competition geared toward engaging young people with science and technology. 

MC- "So who's excited for the 2013 game?"

Crowd- "WOOHOOO!"

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STEM Ahead
1:33 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

UConn Biz School Eyes Hi-Tech Future

The University of Connecticut has been in the spotlight of late, with a series of high profile announcements about the expansion of bioscience and STEM disciplines at the school. Faculty and students were at the legislature this week, supporting funding for the Next Generation Connecticut initiative. But where, in all of this, is the university’s School of Business? WNPR’s Harriet Jones sat down recently with business school dean, John Elliott.


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Where We Live
12:03 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Educating Students Around The Globe

Eren {Se+Prairie} on Flickr Creative Commons

Good teaching is the single biggest indicator for student success, and while we spend more money to teach our students than in any other country, we achieve at lower levels than our foreign counterparts.

So, what makes for a good teacher, and how do we know it when we see it?

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation asked that question of 3,000 students and their teachers in a recently released study that took 3 years and cost $45 million dollars to complete. 

What they learned is what most kids already know, students are the best judge of what works. 

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Higher Education
10:17 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Undocumented Students In Higher Education

A new report looks at the experiences of undocumented students at 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the US.  The study calls on institutions of higher education to improve policies that affect undocumented students.

Of the 65,000 undocumented students who graduate from high school each year, only about 5 to 10% go on to higher education. A new report finds inconsistency in the way colleges and universities manage undocumented students.

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NASA Mission
11:48 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Connecticut Museum's Nanosatellite To Get Launched Into Space


A Connecticut museum has been selected to contribute to an upcoming NASA mission. 

Bridgeport's The Discovery Museum and Planetarium will join 18 other organizations in the latest round of NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative.

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Municipal Elections
8:21 am
Mon February 25, 2013

New Haven School Board - Appointed Or Elected?

Local municipalities open their charters for revision at least once every ten years. New Haven is in the midst of a charter revision process, and the issue getting the most attention, is whether the school board should remain appointed by the mayor.

In New Haven, the mayor appoints the entire school board and is also a member. 

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School Enrollment Guidelines
10:49 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Proposal To Raise The Enrollment Age For Kindergarten

Connecticut’s Education Committee will hear testimony Friday on a proposal that would raise the minimum enrollment age for kindergarten.

Supporters of the idea say it would improve teaching and learning because the age range in kindergarten is too wide. But critics say it would make things worse for low-income kids whose families may not be able to afford an extra year of preschool.

State Senator Andrea Stillman says children need to be mature enough to enter kindergarten.  

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Financing Higher Education
10:36 am
Mon February 18, 2013

A Look At The Cost Of College

As families struggle to keep up with skyrocketing higher education costs, the Obama Administration has unveiled a new website, which shows what most families end up paying for college: school-by-school.  

In his State of the Union address, President Obama announced the release of the new College Scorecard, "... that parents and students can use to compare schools based on a simple criteria – where you can get the most bang for your educational buck."

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School Closures
10:29 am
Mon February 18, 2013

What's Next For Displaced Students?

An investigation is underway into the abrupt closure several weeks ago of three career training schools in Connecticut. Displaced students had a chance Thursday to start to figure out what happens next.

Melissa Butler spent nearly a year training to be a medical assistant at the Sawyer School in Hamden. 

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Early Childhood Education
9:17 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Governor Malloy Proposes New Office Of Early Childhood

Advocates have been saying for years, that the needs of young children get lost inside Connecticut’s larger school system. 

Governor Malloy has just proposed a new Office of Early Childhood, focused exclusively on children ages zero to five years old.

Multiple state agencies have administered Connecticut’s early childhood programs, and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman says its been hard for parents to figure out.  

"To get through the bureaucratic mess in government was terrible. Because you’d have to go from one department to the other department."

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Where We Live
10:39 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Pedro Noguera on Education Policy and Reform

Chion Wolf

School “reform” is a loaded term that divides many teachers and parents - and pits many well-intentioned educators against one another. 

Dr. Pedro Noguera is a leading national voice on education, education reform and the achievement gap. He’s a professor of education at NYU, author of City Schools and the American Dream: Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education, and co-founder of an effort called a “Broader, Bolder approach to Education." He’s also a former classroom teacher in Providence and Oakland. 

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10:28 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Education Wrap-Up: School Safety, Teacher Evaluations and Sexual Assault on Campus.

Chion Wolf (File Photo)

School safety and the evaluation of teachers are on the minds of state lawmakers.

After the Newtown shootings, people across the country - and especially in Connecticut - are asking how we can keep students from harm.

The legislature’s bipartisan task force on gun violence prevention, school security and mental health is taking up the topic and we’ll talk with State Representative Andy Fleischmann who is chair of the education committee.

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Sexual Assault
9:58 am
Thu January 17, 2013

A Look At Sexual Violence Policies At CT Colleges And Universities

Connecticut’s colleges and universities have taken important steps to address and prevent sexual violence on campus. That’s according to the 2012 Campus Report Card. But there’s still work to be done to improve sexual assault training and education.

The prevalence of sexual violence on college campuses nationwide is staggering. Research shows that up to one in four women experience unwanted sexual intercourse during college, and one in twelve men admit to acts that meet the legal definition of rape. 

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Where We Live
1:00 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Extending The School Day in Seven Connecticut Schools

Chion Wolf

Connecticut is one of five states getting funds to extend instructional time-- by as much as 300 hours a year-- in seven Connecticut schools in the cities of Meriden, New London, and East Hartford.

But does a longer school day really mean better prepared students?

The National School Boards Association’s Center for Public Education says that children in the U.S. already have more instructional time than European countries that outperform us--such as Finland, Japan, and South Korea.

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More Afforable Alternative
3:12 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Breakthrough in Micro Fuel Cell Research

A group of Yale University engineers say they have made a major breakthrough in the mass production of micro fuel cells.

Micro fuel cells work much like their bigger counterparts that power buildings and buses. André Taylor is an assistant professor of chemical and environmental engineering at Yale, and lead investigator of the research.

A fuel cell takes a fuel source, it could be an alcohol, it could be a hydrogen gas, it could be methane and it converts that fuel using an electric chemical process into electricity.

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School Day
4:21 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

More Time in School for Students in Three Districts

Students in three Connecticut school districts will start having longer school days beginning next year. Governor Dannel Malloy joined U-S Education Secretary Arne Duncan and leaders from four other states to announce the initiative in Washington DC.  He says Connecticut will use a mix of state and federal funding to help pay for an additional 300 hours of school time next year.

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Education Reform
3:22 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Emergency Budget Cuts Protect Preschool Slots

Governor Malloy’s emergency budget cuts will affect early care and education in Connecticut, but they do not reduce additional preschool slots that were part of this year’s school reform package.

Early care and education programs focus on children birth through age 8 and can include child care and preschool services. The Governor made early childhood education a priority during the last legislative session, and included 1000 new preschool slots in low-income communities. 

On Wednesday his administration unveiled $170 million in wide-ranging spending cuts. 

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Where We Live
11:12 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Bullied No More

Health Care Training
6:14 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Gateway Community College Trains Patient Navigators

Gateway Community College has created the state’s first Patient Navigator Program.  Students are trained to help people get the health care they need.

There’s a growing demand for Patient Navigators, says Vicki Bozzuto, dean of workforce development at Gateway Community College in New Haven.   "You might find a Patient Navigator in an emergency room, you might find them in a homeless shelter, you might find them on a street or in a doctor’s office."

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Where We Live
10:21 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Bringing a College Campus Downtown

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Funding Education
6:58 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Five School Districts Submit Race To The Top Applications

Five school districts in Connecticut have submitted proposals for the next round of  Race to the Top grants.  They’ll compete with districts nationwide for a share of nearly 400 million dollars in federal education funding.

This Race to the Top competition is open to school districts,  " ...and its specifically targeted to personalized learning."

David Low teaches engineering and math at New Haven’s Sound School.

"Now that has some chance of creating innovative solutions that will actually have some hope of succeeding in the 21st century."

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Candidate Views on Education
1:47 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Education And The Election

Education ranks high on the list of issues voters care about, according to a September survey by the Pew Research Center.   But voters haven’t heard many specifics on education policy from either President Barack Obama or Governor Mitt Romney during the campaign. 

That may be because the candidates share many similar views.

State Representative Gary Holder-Winfield describes education’s role in this presidential campaign as "rhetorical".

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Where We Live
10:43 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Getting Out Of Prison...And Staying Out

Jenn Vargas (Flickr Creative Commons)

One out of every 100 Americans is locked up in jail or prison.

The US has the highest incarceration rate in the world. Most offenders will be released from incarceration, and more than 40% will be back behind bars within three years.

Many states, including Connecticut, are looking at ways to stop that revolving door, make cities safer, and get a better return on corrections investments.

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Graduate Students
7:25 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Students Or Employees?

The National Labor Relations Board is expected to issue a decision soon that could affect graduate teaching assistants and researchers at private colleges and universities in Connecticut, and nationwide. 

The question boils down to this: are graduate students who work as teaching assistants and researchers, employees or students?

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Where We Live
10:38 am
Fri September 21, 2012

High School Dropouts: A Crisis, and a Promise

bonnie-brown, creative commons

When can you call something a “crisis?” Is it when a problem gets worse than ever before?  When some aspect of life falls apart completely?

Or, can a crisis be something that lingers for years - maybe even decades - until it poses a threat to the community?

That’s the story of the high school dropout in America.  The raw data shows that the percentage of those graduating high school hasn’t really changed for a long time. As it was decades ago, about 25 percent of students drop out - that’s about one million a year.  

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Where We Live
10:49 am
Thu September 20, 2012

The Cost of Higher Education


President Obama has made it part of his regular education speech that the best path to the middle-class is through a college education.

And the numbers bear it out. Getting a college degree brings higher earnings over a lifetime. Today, those with a bachelor’s degree earned 84% more money over a lifetime than those with a high school diploma.

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Coming Home Project
6:21 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

A Bill To Help Veterans Targeted By For-Profit Schools

Photo by Chion Wolf

Congressman Joe Courtney has sponsored a bill that could help veterans who are in school or planning to enroll using the Post 9-11 GI bill. The legislation would change how education funding is classified from the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.

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