Department of Education http://wnpr.org en Thousands of Hartford Students on Waiting List for High-Performing Schools http://wnpr.org/post/thousands-hartford-students-waiting-list-high-performing-schools <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Concerned parents gathered for a rally in Hartford on Thursday afternoon. At issue is the large number of Hartford students currently waiting for a seat in a high-performing school. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:27:07 +0000 Ray Hardman 25098 at http://wnpr.org Thousands of Hartford Students on Waiting List for High-Performing Schools State Labor Department Receives Grant; Malloy Putting $5 Million Toward Common Core http://wnpr.org/post/state-labor-department-receives-grant-malloy-putting-5-million-toward-common-core <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/u8-Do8kTu6U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p><p>The Connecticut Department of Labor is getting a $3.39 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Job-Driven National Emergency Grant program. The funds will go toward creation of an apprentice program designed to steer workers displaced from other industries into careers in manufacturing.</p><p><strong>Malloy Pledges Millions For Common Core</strong></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:52:28 +0000 Teri McCready 24343 at http://wnpr.org Governor Announces Pre-K Slots; Officials Battle Over Transportation Funding http://wnpr.org/post/governor-announces-pre-k-slots-officials-battle-over-transportation-funding <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/6XNFtK0s1ac?list=UUdeV_lmPe3Ne21BmkhTb1xw" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Governor Dannel Malloy, along with Early Childhood Commissioner, Dr. Myra Jones-Taylor, and local officials, have announced the allocation of about 1,000 additional School Readiness opportunities for low-income children in 46 municipalities throughout the state.</p><p><strong>Lawmakers Battle Over Bridge Repair and Transportation Funding</strong></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:55:24 +0000 Teri McCready 23446 at http://wnpr.org Malloy Signs Early Childhood Education Bills; Bridgeport Officials Vote for Medical Marijuana Morato http://wnpr.org/post/malloy-signs-early-childhood-education-bills-bridgeport-officials-vote-medical-marijuana-morato <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/VkAC06AriTE" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Governor Dannel Malloy signed two pieces of legislation today designed to improve early childhood education and increase access to pre-kindergarten in the state. The bills increase funding for early childhood education and poorer school districts and creates a kindergarten to third grade literacy pilot program.</p><p><strong>Bridgeport Votes for Medical Marijuana Yearlong Moratorium&nbsp;</strong></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 21:30:20 +0000 Teri McCready 22658 at http://wnpr.org Fast Food Workers Protest; State Unemployment Dips http://wnpr.org/post/fast-food-workers-protest-state-unemployment-dips <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/mY3viV4XLok" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Connecticut fast food workers joined national protests today calling for higher wages. Workers are asking for $15 an hour. Connecticut raised the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017. The federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour was last raised in 2009. And that works out to about $15,000 a year for a 40 hour work-week.</p><p><strong>Connecticut Employers Add Jobs</strong></p> Thu, 15 May 2014 21:28:37 +0000 Teri McCready 21899 at http://wnpr.org Malloy Announces Funding for Farms; Lawmakers Present Pre-K Proposal http://wnpr.org/post/malloy-announces-funding-farms-lawmakers-present-pre-k-proposal <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/FjxN7ABFP_w" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Governor Malloy announced this week that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will allow Connecticut to use more than $8 million of federal funding to preserve and protect the state's farms. He says Connecticut has already preserved more than 300 farms and 13,000 acres of farmland and hopes to use the extended funding to protect not only farms, but also jobs.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:14:53 +0000 Teri McCready 19926 at http://wnpr.org Most Charter Schools in Connecticut Are "Hyper-Segregated" http://wnpr.org/post/most-charter-schools-connecticut-are-hyper-segregated <p><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">In most charter schools in Connecticut, more than 90 percent of students are racial and ethnic minorities. This is despite </span><a href="http://www.cga.ct.gov/current/pub/chap_163.htm#sec_10-4a" style="font-size: medium; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">a state goal</a><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;"> to provide an integrated learning environment, and let students and teachers interact with people of other racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds.</span></p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:35:01 +0000 Alan Yu 19859 at http://wnpr.org Most Charter Schools in Connecticut Are "Hyper-Segregated" Connecticut Casinos in the Top Five for Revenue; House GOP Leader Announces Retirement http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-casinos-top-five-revenue-house-gop-leader-announces-retirement <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/jrmfUI4D7t0?list=UUdeV_lmPe3Ne21BmkhTb1xw" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Casino City's Indian Gaming Industry Report, which was released today, says Connecticut was in the top five states in revenue brought in by the casinos, totaling $1.85 billion.</p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 21:58:32 +0000 Teri McCready 19092 at http://wnpr.org Kishimoto, Hartford's Reform Superintendent, Gets Another Job http://wnpr.org/post/kishimoto-hartfords-reform-superintendent-gets-another-job <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last year, Hartford's board of education decided against renewing the contract of Superintendent Christina </span>Kishimoto<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> beyond this coming June. Now, </span>Kishimoto<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a reformer who took the job after Steven </span>Adamowski<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, is leaving.</span></p><p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:29:28 +0000 Jeff Cohen 16967 at http://wnpr.org Kishimoto, Hartford's Reform Superintendent, Gets Another Job Hearing Over Sexual Assaults on College Campuses; Connecticut Ranks Second in AP http://wnpr.org/post/hearing-over-sexual-assaults-college-campuses-connecticut-ranks-second-ap <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/TQfw4xtMlRQ" width="560"></iframe></p><p>The legislature’s higher education committee heard testimony on Tuesday over a bill aimed at improving sexual assault policies on Connecticut college campuses. The proposal would change how schools report sexual assaults involving both students and employees.</p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 23:04:54 +0000 Teri McCready 16835 at http://wnpr.org Evaluating Common Core http://wnpr.org/post/evaluating-common-core <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After mounting complaints from teachers, </span><a href="http://ctmirror.org/changes-to-teacher-evaluation-process-depend-on-federal-approval/" style="line-height: 1.5;">officials recently announced the state plans to delay</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> the implementation of teacher evaluations. Meanwhile, other lawmakers are calling for a re-examination of the Common Core standards. Two years after Connecticut approved sweeping education legislation, we'll check-in on the implementation and receive an update on Common Core in the state.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Tucker Ives, John Dankosky, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 16399 at http://wnpr.org Evaluating Common Core Trouble with Special Ed in Darien and Galinksy on Minds in the Making http://wnpr.org/post/trouble-special-ed-darien-and-galinksy-minds-making <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Catie/Where%20We%20Live%2007-25-2013.mp3</p><p></p><p dir="ltr">Earlier this week, The President and Co-founder of the <a href="http://www.familiesandwork.org/">Families and Work Institute</a> came to Hartford this week to talk about the work she&rsquo;s been doing in early childhood development.</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 14:00:52 +0000 John Dankosky 3977 at http://wnpr.org Trouble with Special Ed in Darien and Galinksy on Minds in the Making Three Connecticut Colleges Among The Nation's Most Expensive http://wnpr.org/post/three-connecticut-colleges-among-nations-most-expensive-0 <p>The U.S. Department of Education has issued new data on the cost of college in America. Three Connecticut colleges rank among &nbsp;the nation’s most expensive.&nbsp;</p><p>Trinity College’s tuition is &nbsp;5<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;highest in the nation for private, not-for-profit 4-year colleges. The sticker price at Trinity is $44,070 dollars.&nbsp; Connecticut College ranks 7<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;.&nbsp; Wesleyan University comes in a close 8<sup>th</sup>.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 14 Jul 2013 10:19:33 +0000 Diane Orson 6402 at http://wnpr.org Yale Fined For Under-Reporting Sex Offenses http://wnpr.org/post/yale-fined-under-reporting-sex-offenses <p>Yale University has asked federal education officials to lower a fine imposed on the school for under-reporting sex offenses. &nbsp;</p><p>The federal Clery Act spells out how colleges and universities nationwide are expected to compile and report crime data – including sex crimes on campus.&nbsp; The U.S. Department of Education began reviewing Yale’s compliance with Clery back in 2004, after a Yale Alumni Magazine article raised questions about the accuracy and completeness of the school’s reports. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 16 May 2013 20:08:50 +0000 Diane Orson 713 at http://wnpr.org Yale Fined For Under-Reporting Sex Offenses http://wnpr.org/post/yale-fined-under-reporting-sex-offenses-0 <p>Yale University has asked federal education officials to lower a fine imposed on the school for under-reporting sex offenses. &nbsp;</p><p>The federal Clery Act spells out how colleges and universities nationwide are expected to compile and report crime data – including sex crimes on campus.&nbsp; The U.S. Department of Education began reviewing Yale’s compliance with Clery back in 2004, after a Yale Alumni Magazine article raised questions about the accuracy and completeness of the school’s reports. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 16 May 2013 20:08:50 +0000 Diane Orson 6615 at http://wnpr.org New Agreement Reached In The Sheff v. O'Neill Saga http://wnpr.org/post/new-agreement-reached-sheff-v-oneill-saga-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Connecticut Department of Education has reached a new agreement with the plaintiffs in the decades long </span>Sheff<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> v. O'Neill case.</span></p><p>The lawsuit is meant to ease the racial disparity between students in Hartford Public Schools and neighboring school districts.</p> Wed, 01 May 2013 19:11:22 +0000 Ray Hardman 6677 at http://wnpr.org New Agreement Reached In The Sheff v. O'Neill Saga http://wnpr.org/post/new-agreement-reached-sheff-v-oneill-saga <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Tucker/Morning%20Edition%2005-01-2013.mp3</p><p></p><p>The Connecticut Department of Education has reached a new agreement with the plaintiffs in the decades long Sheff v. O'Neill case.</p><p>The lawsuit is meant to ease the racial disparity between students in Hartford Public Schools and neighboring school districts.</p> Wed, 01 May 2013 19:11:22 +0000 Ray Hardman 770 at http://wnpr.org Improving Sexual Climate On Campus http://wnpr.org/post/improving-sexual-climate-campus-0 <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Chion/RR61TE_c.mp3</p><p></p><p>Yale University has introduced new workshops for students aimed at reducing sexual misconduct and improving the sexual climate on campus. Many sexual misconduct and prevention programs for college students center on decision-making and consent.</p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 10:47:47 +0000 Diane Orson 6817 at http://wnpr.org Hartford Public Schools To Improve Services For ELL Students http://wnpr.org/post/hartford-public-schools-improve-services-ell-students-0 <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Chion/do%20130325%20Htfd%20public%20schools.mp3</p><p></p><p>Hartford Public Schools have signed an agreement with federal education authorities to improve supports and services for students who are English Language Learners. &nbsp;</p><p>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. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 12:47:41 +0000 Diane Orson 6822 at http://wnpr.org Governor Malloy on the Blizzard, UConn and the State Budget http://wnpr.org/post/governor-malloy-blizzard-uconn-and-state-budget <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Tucker/Where%20We%20Live%2002-15-2013.mp3</p><p></p><p>The New York Times had <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/11/nyregion/in-connecticut-replay-storm-comes-power-goes.html?_r=0">the best description</a> of the first term of Governor Dannel Malloy, “a wearying tape loop of natural chaos.”</p><p>The state is still digging out from yet another blizzard and he’s probably sick of the seeing the inside of the Emergency Operations Center and many students are probably sick of being stuck at home.</p> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 15:50:20 +0000 John Dankosky 6996 at http://wnpr.org Governor Malloy on the Blizzard, UConn and the State Budget Governor Malloy Proposes New Office Of Early Childhood http://wnpr.org/post/governor-malloy-proposes-new-office-early-childhood <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Chion/do%20130204%20Early%20Childhood%20Office.mp3</p><p></p><p>Advocates have been saying for years, that the needs of young children get lost inside Connecticut’s larger school system.&nbsp;</p><p>Governor Malloy has just proposed a new Office of Early Childhood, focused exclusively on children ages zero to five years old.</p><p>Multiple state agencies have administered Connecticut’s early childhood programs, and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman says its been hard for parents to figure out. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 14:17:48 +0000 Diane Orson 7036 at http://wnpr.org More Time in School for Students in Three Districts http://wnpr.org/post/more-time-school-students-three-districts <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Jeff%20Cohen/2012_12_03_JC%20121203%20School%20Days.mp3</p><p></p><p></p><div id="cke_pastebin">Students in three Connecticut school districts will start having longer school days beginning next year.</div><div id="cke_pastebin">&nbsp;</div><div id="cke_pastebin">Governor Dannel Malloy joined U-S Education Secretary Arne Duncan and leaders from four other states to announce the initiative in Washington DC. &nbsp;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.</div><div id="cke_pastebin"> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 21:21:28 +0000 Jeff Cohen 4710 at http://wnpr.org New CMT Measure Reveals Different Picture Of Academic Improvement http://wnpr.org/post/new-cmt-measure-reveals-different-picture-academic-improvement <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Chion/do%20120723%20CMT%20data.mp3</p><p></p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 12:01:11 +0000 Diane Orson 7538 at http://wnpr.org U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan Meets With Educators In New Haven http://wnpr.org/post/us-education-secretary-arne-duncan-meets-educators-new-haven <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Chion/do%20120530%20Duncan%20in%20New%20Haven%20update.mp3</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Wed, 30 May 2012 10:39:33 +0000 Diane Orson 4995 at http://wnpr.org U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan Meets With Educators In New Haven Report Finds Inadequate Oversight Of College Alcohol Abuse Prevention Programs http://wnpr.org/post/report-finds-inadequate-oversight-college-alcohol-abuse-prevention-programs <p>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. &nbsp; The review was requested by two state lawmakers on behalf of a Connecticut resident.</p> Thu, 03 May 2012 12:43:31 +0000 Diane Orson 7945 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Finalizes NCLB Waiver Request http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-finalizes-nclb-waiver-request <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Chion/do%20120207%20NCLB%20waiver.mp3</p><p></p><p>Connecticut education officials are finalizing the state’s waiver application for relief from the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Applications for the second round of waivers are due on Tuesday.</p> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 11:24:26 +0000 Diane Orson 6160 at http://wnpr.org Legislative Priorities Outside The Capitol http://wnpr.org/post/legislative-priorities-outside-capitol <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Tucker/Where%20We%20Live%2002-21-2012.mp3</p><p></p><p>With the state legislative session underway - advocacy groups are talking about their “priorities.”</p><p>And in this “education session” - many of those priorities have to do with education and funding education. Today, we’ll talk policy with two consortiums...and see if some of their ideas on state government line up with yours.</p> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 16:53:22 +0000 John Dankosky 6190 at http://wnpr.org Legislative Priorities Outside The Capitol Education Commissioner Calls CT Graduation Rates "Unacceptable" http://wnpr.org/post/education-commissioner-calls-ct-graduation-rates-unacceptable <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Chion/do%20111230%20graduation%20rates2.mp3</p><p></p><p>Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor describes new figures on high school graduation rates in Connecticut as “unacceptable”. Students in poverty and students are color are far less likely to finish high school in four years.</p> Fri, 30 Dec 2011 12:12:34 +0000 Diane Orson 4212 at http://wnpr.org Morning Edition: Future Of Education In Connecticut http://wnpr.org/post/morning-edition-future-education-connecticut <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Tucker/Morning%20Edition%2012-13-2011.mp3</p><p></p><p>On Monday, Connecticut's new Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor addressed the task force charged with finding solutions to Connecticut's achievement gap - the disparity between poor and wealthy students. Connecticut's achievement gap is considered the widest in the nation. Commissioner Pryor joins us now by phone.</p> Tue, 13 Dec 2011 17:05:03 +0000 Ray Hardman 4277 at http://wnpr.org The Superintendent's Plan http://wnpr.org/post/superintendents-plan <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Catie/Where%20We%20Live%2011-29-2011.mp3</p><p></p><p>The state’s school superintendents have cooked up the latest in a series of high-profile plans to reform education in the state.</p> Tue, 29 Nov 2011 15:12:48 +0000 John Dankosky 4334 at http://wnpr.org The Superintendent's Plan