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News
3:30 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

House Considers Bill On Dissection Choice

The legislature is considering a bill that would allow students to opt out of dissecting a dead animal at school.  WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports. State Representative Diana Urban supports the bill. "There are students who actually avoid going to biology class because they object to using an actual animal in their dissection...And I know there's a lot of teasing that goes on in the classes." Urban says students should have a way to choose to use a computer model or simulation instead. Some high schools already allow the choice, while others specifically don't.

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Science Class
3:30 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

House Considers Bill On Dissection Choice

The legislature is considering a bill that would allow students to opt out of dissecting a dead animal at school. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports. State Representative Diana Urban supports the bill.

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News
3:11 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

New Agreement Reached In The Sheff v. O'Neill Saga

The Connecticut Department of Education has reached a new agreement with the plaintiffs in the decades long Sheff v. O'Neill case.

The lawsuit is meant to ease the racial disparity between students in Hartford Public Schools and neighboring school districts.

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Where We Live
2:38 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities

Chion Wolf

A group of parents in Darien have filed a complaint against the school district, alleging that their children with learning disabilities have not been getting the services they are supposed to. It’s just one of many examples of parents fighting through a hard-to-navigate system, one where schools say they’re struggling to find the money to pay for learning disabled students.

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News
12:04 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Victoria Soto Memorialized As Mentor

Wikipedia

Going to class wasn't enough. Victoria L. Soto wanted to help children. So, she started as a volunteer.

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News
12:28 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Locally Grown Food And School Cafeterias

Jan Ellen Spiegel

A recent report by the Governor’s Council for Agricultural Development recommends wider distribution of products from Connecticut’s farms. That includes getting more Connecticut-grown food into school cafeterias.

But schools have been trying to do that for nearly a decade and haven’t gotten too far.

Lunchroom server: "Did you want meat sauce or plain sauce?" "Meat sauce please."

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News
4:18 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Attempted Sexual Assault At Fraternity On Wesleyan University Campus

Alan Cleaver, Flickr Creative Commons

Middletown Police are investigating an attempted sexual assault at a fraternity on the Wesleyan University campus. A lawsuit is pending over a 2010 rape at the same fraternity.

About a week ago, Middletown Police responded to a call at the Mu Epsilon Chapter of Beta Theta Pi at Wesleyan. Police say an individual was allegedly assaulted, but was able to fend off the attacker and flee during an attempted sexual assault. The name and sex of the victim have not been released and its not clear if it was a Wesleyan student. 

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News
1:16 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Pool Safety Bill On Table In Wake Of School Drownings

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A bill to create pool safety standards in swim classes across Connecticut is moving forward for a vote by the General Assembly following two drowning deaths in East Hartford and Manchester schools. 

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Policing in Schools
3:00 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Bill Aims to Reduce School-Based Arrests

The December massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School has led to calls for increased police presence in Connecticut schools.  Lawmakers heard testimony Friday on a measure concerning school-based arrests.

The bill aims to reduce the number of students arrested at school for low-level, non-violent offenses.  Schools would be required to report the number of arrests, and boards of ed would have to have written agreements with local police departments detailing the role of law enforcement in their schools. 

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News
11:56 am
Thu April 4, 2013

CPBN Establishes a PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab

Frank Wallace

CPBN Education is establishing a PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab at America’s Choice at SAND School in Hartford. There is only one other elementary school and only three middle schools in this nationwide program, which includes over 40 schools, with teams from New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., South Carolina, Florida, Michigan, Illinois, Louisiana, Utah, Texas and California.

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Physicians
1:51 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

New Medical School Wants To Build Ranks Of Primary Care Doctors

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Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 1:30 pm

Michael Ellison has a tough assignment. He's the associate dean of admissions choosing the first class of a brand new medical school, the Frank H. Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn.

"We have over 1,600 applicants, and we will interview 400 for 60 spots," Ellison says.

The school has a very specific mission: minting doctors who want to go into primary care practice.

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Language
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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Social Media
7:31 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Searching for a Teachable Moment in Torrington

TV cameras persist in Torrington nearly a week after vicious online comments about an alleged statutory rape victim went viral. Now the town is wrestling with some difficult questions. School district officials say they’re doing their best to protect student confidentiality and to move forward.

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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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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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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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School Security
4:27 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Would More Secure Doors Have Slowed Newtown Shooter?

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

The security of school buildings themselves is a hot topic around the country since the attack at an elementary school in Connecticut. The market is full of expensive options, everything from bullet resistant doors to electronic classroom locks. But according to one door and lock manufacturer, the best first step is for schools to make sure that what they already have works. Here's Jeff Cohen at member station WNPR.

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Where We Live
11:02 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Hearings On Newtown, Mental Health, and Guns

Mark Pazniokas (CT Mirror)

America’s debate over guns was in Newtown High School last night - as hundreds gathered to give emotional testimony to state lawmakers. It was happening in Washington too, where Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal re-affirmed his support for tighter gun control, invoking the “Sandy Hook Promise” group formed by parents of the victims.

Today, we’ll take a look at what we’ve heard in this week of public hearings on guns, school safety and mental health. 

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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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Gun Control
9:15 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Gun Violence Hearing Draws Nearly Two Thousand To Hartford

Diane Orson

Nearly two thousand people waited in snow and frigid temperatures Monday in order to attend a hearing of the Bipartisan Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety in Hartford. 

Gun control advocates and opponents talked with each other as they waited to pass through metal detectors at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

"If it was up to me I would mandate that every teacher have a carry permit."

Scott Hoffman is an avid deer and bird hunter from Suffield.

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Where We Live
8:18 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Assisted Outpatient Treatment Laws

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The Sandy Hook shootings have resulted in a special bipartisan task force of the Connecticut legislature.  Last week’s public hearing dealt with recommendations to enhance school safety.  Today’s lengthy hearing is about reducing gun violence, and tomorrow they’ll talk about increasing access to mental health care.

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Education
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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Where We Live
10:59 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Feeding Our Children

TJ Hanton (Flickr Creative Commons)

According to Children’s HealthWatch, in 2010, there were 48.8 million Americans who lived in households that were food insecure, including 16.2 million children.

But in a nation suffering from an obesity epidemic, is hunger really the problem? Experts tell us that yes, while obese kids are not all hungry, many of the most malnourished are obese.

But, as the richest state in the nation, how can Connecticut really have that many hungry kids?

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Newtown
1:25 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Bells for Newtown Victims Ring Across CT, Nation

Photo by Lucy Nalpathanchil

The sound of bells reverberated throughout the nation and in towns across Connecticut Friday, December 21 at 9:30 a.m. to remember the twenty children and six adults who were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School one week ago.

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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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Newtown
6:12 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Superintendents Work on Strengthening School Emergency Plans

Photo by Chion Wolf

School leaders are talking about ways to improve school security and crisis plans after the shooting deaths at a Newtown elementary school. WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports 

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Newtown
4:58 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Back To School, With Security

Across the state, children went back to school again today/Monday.  And in many school districts, there's an increased security presence. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports. It's the first day back at school and I'm in Canton -- an hour from Newtown.  I came to Cherry Brook Primary School to speak to parents as they dropped their kids off.  One parent cried and then apologized when I asked her to talk.

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Newtown
2:30 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Schools Beef Up Security, But Parents' Questions Remain

Harriet Jones

Security will be heightened at many Connecticut schools as students return to class. But as WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports, that won’t begin to address the questions that many parents have.

“….we intend to have a normal day tomorrow….”

Superintendent of Hamden schools, Fran Rabinowitz addresses a crowd of around 200 parents Sunday at a meeting intended to reassure them about the reopening of school. Rabinowitz says she wasn’t surprised by the high turnout.

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