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.
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.
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."
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.
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".
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?
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.
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.
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.
A new way to interpret Connecticut Mastery Test scores reveals a different picture of academic improvement in the state’s schools. This measure looks at whether students are growing over time.
Vertical scales match a student from year to year, say from the first year of CMT testing in third grade to fourth grade. The system compares how that student performs one year to the next despite the more advanced material.
Earlier this week the Enfield Board of Education agreed to stop holding high school graduation ceremonies in a local Christian church. The settlement ends a lawsuit brought on behalf of two students and three parents.
A host of new laws took effect in Connecticut on July 1st - among them, An Act Concerning Sexual Violence on College Campuses.
The law makes clear to all Connecticut’s colleges and universities – public and private – what's expected in terms of sexual assault reporting procedures, disciplinary hearings, and prevention training for students and faculty.
Anna Doroghazi of Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services says many colleges are already in compliance.
Connecticut College has the highest tuition in the nation among private, not-for-profit four-year colleges, according to data from the U.S. Department of Education. But experts say sometimes statistics can be misleading.
The College Affordability and Transparency Center website is part of President Obama’s push to make the costs of higher education more transparent. Schools are ranked in several categories, including tuition sticker price, and net cost to families.
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan was in Connecticut Tuesday to announce that eight states, including Connecticut, will be granted waivers from the federal No Child Left Behind law.
Duncan’s first stop was New Haven where he met with educators, advocates and lawmakers to talk about school reform. Much of the discussion centered on New Haven’s teachers’ contract, which has been hailed as a model for the nation.
Connecticut’s House of Representatives has unanimously passed a wide-ranging education reform bill. Legislators describe the bill as an important step toward improving the state’s public schools and closing Connecticut’s achievement gap.
The chamber erupted in cheers after the 149 to zero vote, giving final legislative approval to a compromise education reform measure.
Somewhere in the United States today, an envelope will arrive at a university math or science department, and in it will be some person's paradigm-shattering idea -- a novel theory that drastically violates or disrupts settled science.
The world is full of outsider physicists and rouge mathematicians. And, of course, one or two of them are basically correct about something. Einstein worked in a patent office. Michael Faraday did not have a university degree.
Before Alie Garry could enroll at Tunxis Community College, in Farmington, Conn., the 18-year old Simsbury resident had to take a required standardized test called, ominously, the “Accuplacer.” It told her what she might not have wanted to hear - that she needed remedial classes in math and English. But now, three years later, she is grateful for the Accuplacer.
Some young people seem driven to invent. And if that spirit is nurtured it can become the basis for a successful business career. In the first of a two part series on early entrepreneurship, WNPR’s Sujata Srinivasan met some of the state’s very youngest creative minds at Connecticut’s Invention Convention.
A recent report by the US Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General finds inadequate enforcement of a federal law aimed at preventing alcohol and drug abuse on college campuses. The review was requested by two state lawmakers on behalf of a Connecticut resident.
Lawmakers continue to work on a compromise education reform bill that they hope Governor Malloy and the legislature can agree on. One key lawmaker believes the two sides are not that far apart.
Administration officials have been meeting behind closed doors with top leaders to craft the next version of Governor Malloy’s education reform package. In March, lawmakers made significant changes to the original proposal, including a delay in overhauling teacher evaluation and tenure.