Hartford Public Schools have been the subject of books, documentaries and national news stories...and not always cast in the most positive light.
Hartford’s has long had status as one of the poorest cities in the country - and with that has come trouble in its education system: A state takeover, an attempt at privatization, a civil-rights lawsuit, and a series of “reformers” who left the city too quick to make any real changes.
Bridgeport officials will conduct a national search for the city’s next school superintendent. A state-appointed Board of Education has fired Bridgeport’s current superintendent as part of its takeover of the troubled school system.
Bridgeport’s state-appointed board of education will part ways with Superintendent John Ramos at the end of December. An interim superintendent will come in to serve while education officials conduct a national search for the city’s next school leader.
Eleven teachers involved in a cheating scandal at a Waterbury elementary school returned to work on Tuesday. The teachers will lose 20 days of pay and must perform community service as after-school tutors.
Many schools in Connecticut delayed opening their doors last week thanks to Tropical Storm Irene. But students at Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford have been in school since last July. And the school’s principal says he’ll be working harder to improve academic outcomes.
He’s had success in keeping kids in school in a city that’s struggled with dropout rates for decades. He preaches strict discipline and no excuses. He greets kids every morning at a school right downtown - in a famous former department store. The students wear uniforms - and he says all of them go to college.
You've probably heard of New Haven Promise by now. It's a scholarship program funded by Yale University and community partners which awards New Haven public school students who show academic potential.
But the Promise program isn't just about paying tuition for some.
WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil spoke with New Haven Promise Executive Director Emily Brynes about the program's community outreach.
When the space shuttle Atlantis lifted off on its final mission earlier this month, it brought along a little bit of Hartford with it. A group of eighth graders from the Annie Fisher STEM Magnet School in Hartford's North End wanted to measure the effect of microgravity on Tomato growth, so they wrote a proposal and it was accepted.
We talk to principal Melony Brady about her students' project.
More than 100 students were honored on Thursday as the first class of New Haven Promise. That’s the new scholarship program that provides college tuition for city students.
Wearing caps and gowns, New Haven public high school graduates filed into Sprague Hall on the Yale University campus. Parents beamed. City and state officials told the students that the Promise scholarship program was an expression of confidence in their promise for a brighter future.
The National School Boards Association represents state boards of education across the country, and their 90 thousand members. The Association’s new president is a school board member from Connecticut.
For the past two decades, the achievement gap between Hispanic students and their white classmates nationwide has remained largely unchanged. Hispanic students perform about two grade levels below their white peers in math and reading.
Connecticut has one of the largest gaps in the nation, and a new study finds the problem exists in every school district in the state.
White students in Connecticut are two to three times more likely than Hispanic students to achieve at or above goal on the Connecticut Mastery Tests.
A special summer program has just wrapped up at a New Haven elementary school. But in this class the students are parents.
It’s the final day of his year’s parent training program at Lincoln-Bassett School in New Haven. Brenda Whitfield is telling the class of about 20 parents, what she’s learned. "I found out a lot of stuff about the math I can tell my granddaughter and my grandson. And I learned a lot about the science. I just learned so much while I was here at the training."
Last year, the city of New Haven announced the start of an ambitious 5-year education reform program. Schools were assigned levels, or “tiers". That’s something that might not affect kids as much asteachers and school administrators.
With summer vacation just a few weeks away, we visited a lower-performing “Tier Three” school to talk with educators and parents about what’s changed this year.
A new report finds noticeable academic progress in fifteen low-performing Connecticut districts where there’s been intensive intervention by the state. Test scores in these districts show substantial improvement over time, particularly among minority students.
Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, New London, Waterbury and Stamford are among fifteen school districts that are part of the Connecticut Accountability for Learning Initiative or CALI. All were identified as needing improvement under the No Child Left Behind Act.
Last week, we reported that an advertising campaign by the Hartford Public Schools upset state education officials. Now, as WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, plaintiffs a landmark school desegregation case say the "Choose Hartford" ad strategy could land everybody back in court.
A bill that would raise the starting age for kindergarten has passed out of the Appropriations Committee. Critics are concerned that it does not provide an alternative for kids whose families cant afford an extra year of preschool.
The idea is to require children entering kindergarten to be five years old by October 1st. This new law would take effect in 2015, and supporters say it would improve teaching and learning because right now, the age range in kindergarten is too wide.
Tomorrow is the deadline for students who want to accept a placement in one of the state's magnet or choice schools. But as WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, a press release from the Hartford Public Schools has apparently rubbed the state the wrong way.
This week, the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence is announcing a new way to teach teenagers about healthy relationships. As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, the message is coming right to a teen's cell phone.
There aren't many teenagers these days who don't have a cell phone. Smartphones like the Iphone and Droid are "the" phones to have because they allow teens to text messages, take pictures and videos, listen to music, surf the web and of course play a ton of cool games.
"I have a lot of games. My mom yells at me for having all the apps."
Like many other school districts, Hartford, Conn., rewards schools that perform well and closes schools that perform badly.
But Hartford is also a district that allows parents to choose their child's school. As the theory goes, parents should naturally choose the good schools over the bad ones — but as it turns out, they often don't.
A workforce training initiative in Eastern Connecticut has become the first in the country to offer college credits for free online work-skills courses.
For six years, CT Works Careers Centers in Eastern Connecticut have offered their clients free three-month licenses to access over five thousand skills training courses via computer. The courses are concentrated either in IT skills or in health care certifications. John Beauregard of the Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board says the service is already a success.
WEST HARTFORD--Xavier Rosa is stuck. The fourth-grader at Braeburn Elementary School knows that five is not a factor of 57-he got the question right on his homework assignment. And he knows that any number that ends in five is divisible by five. But his teacher, Michele Cashman, presses him to remember what the other half of the rule is, asking him how many cents he would have if he had two nickels.
Today is Connecticut Association of Boards of Education day at the state Capitol. Some 200 school board members, students, and teachers will spend the day talking with state lawmakers about their concerns and their legislative agenda. Joining us is Patrice McCarthy, Deputy Director and General Counsel of The Connecticut Association of Boards of Education.