It was a violent weekend in some parts of the world, and we're monitoring the situation at the Nairobi mall today along with the rest of the world as the situation unfolds. In Connecticut, steady habits are keeping some of our attention in court, where Bridgeport Superintendent Paul Vallas and East Haven police officers are busy today to kick off this first week of fall. Meanwhile, others in Middlebury were involved in some very unsteady habits. Read all about it in today's Wheelhouse Digest.
Governor Dannel Malloy announced today that 169 Connecticut schools will share $5 million in grants to upgrade school security infrastructure. The governor promised more grant money is on the way.
The competitive grants were part of the Gun Violence Prevention and Safety Act. The $5 million of state bond money will go to school districts that plan to upgrade or already upgraded their security infrastructure in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy.
As the fall leaves begin to turn in Connecticut, we're thinking today at The Wheelhouse Digest about a few other things turning a corner as well. Efforts toward school reform in Bridgeport were pushed back last week. A former Latin Kings member in New Haven found a way to transform herself and her work. And everything will be turning up jobs if we just borrow some more, according to a new report. Here's a taste of the news you need to know now.
A new report from the Connecticut Council for Education Reform praises Connecticut's efforts to overhaul its public education system, but warns more needs to be done to close the state's achievement gap between low-income students and wealthier students. The statewide nonprofit organization, made up of business and civic leaders, released the report Tuesday.
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A school district in Southern California has hired a private firm to comb through the cyber lives of its 14,000 middle- and high-school students, looking for signs of trouble.
The Los Angeles Times reported that the Glendale Unified School District is spending $40,000 to have the firm monitor social media use among the district's students. School officials want to know if the kids are posting suicidal thoughts, obscenities or comments intended to bully fellow students.
The week started off pretty rough with yesterday's news of a horrific shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. Here's a dose of daily news you need to know now that does not involve violence... maybe just a little mud in the eye.Â
Students and their teacher stand around one of five pallets that comprised the wind turbine/solar panel system that was ready to be shipped out by truck, plane, and helicopter to Saldang, Nepal. L to R: Akeem Brown, Derrick Cardona, Danilo Sena (UConn), Pravesh Mallik (Uconn), Jazzmin Mitchel, Orlando Nugent, Dave Mangus (teacher), Akwayne Wilson, Samuel King (seated).
A school in a remote village in Nepal is getting electricity, thanks to a group of Hartford High School students, the Associated Press reports. Fourteen students in the school's academy of Engineering and Green Technology designed and built a wind-powered turbine for a school in Saldang, which is in Nepal's Dolpa region, surrounded by the Himalayan mountains.
The school in Nepal has no power and is accessible only by yak. During the winter months when the region is covered with snow, it is not accessible at all.
A Hartford judge will hear arguments this morning in a landmark education lawsuit that challenges the way Connecticut funds its public schools.
The state attorney generalâ€™s office wants the judge to dismiss the case, which was brought in 2005 by the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding.
CCJEF is a statewide coalition of municipalities, local boards of education, unions, and education advocates who say the way the state finances local public schools denies many students their constitutional right to an equitable and adequate education.
That's good news, according to report author Sarah Esty, but problems remain, such as schools that arrest kids for minor things, like using a cell phone, or missing class. CT Voices recommends state education officials and the legislature actually define "student arrest" to avoid circumstances that don't warrant hand-cuffing a kid.
Happy New Year! It's Rosh Hashanah. The new television season is upon us. Andâ€¦ school's back in session.
Students, teachers, parents: How was your first day of school? What qualities and experiences made the start of school feel like the year might be exciting? What are your best tips and tricks for navigating that transition from the freedom of summer to the day-in-day-out of school?
A Greenwich High School student committed suicide this week, just hours after his first day of classes. A preliminary investigation revealed that 15-year old Bart Palosz died Tuesday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Â
Greenwich Police Lieutenant Craig Gray told WTNH that Palosz used a weapon that was stored inside a gun locker at his home.Â "The firearm was a family firearm, and it had been secured inside a gun safe," said Gray.
School is back in session in Connecticut, and we all know what that means. More school buses, which means more traffic, which might mean more time in a car. And that gives you more time to listen to WNPR on the radio. But while we have you online, check out some of the latest stories we've been keeping an eye on... This is The Wheelhouse Digest.
Students across the state are heading back to school this week â€“ and theyâ€™ll be seeing a lot of changes. Â The common core state standards are taking effect and changing the way teachers teach and students take tests.
Schools are struggling to find the best way to teach ESL kids English. Â New Britain school system was recently featured on PBS Newshour for changing all their bilingual classes to English only.Â
In Hartford, school district officials say test scores held firm and showed some healthy gains. But as WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, the way you talk about test scores can be just as important as the scores themselves.Â It wasn't the press release Matt Poland would have written.Â "I would have written it with both the good and the not-so-good sharing common billing."
A common thread running through any type of interpersonal conflict in whether itâ€™s bullying in school or online, gun violence on a street corner, or abuse in a home, Â is a need for safe places to live, work, and learn. Itâ€™s a fundamental human need.
Summerâ€™s here, surfâ€™s up, and you can watch all your favorite TV episodes in re-runs, but instead you have to read â€”Â what? David Copperfield? Eight-hundred pages long? That doesnâ€™t seem fair. But thatâ€™s what your school told you to read.Â
Iâ€™m Mark Oppenheimer, your guest host for the Colin McEnroe Show, and today weâ€™ll be talking about summer reading. Not the kind you choose to do, but the kind your school makes you do. The kind you get tested on in September.
Earlier this week, The President and Co-founder of the Families and Work Institute came to Hartford to talk about the work sheâ€™s been doing in early childhood development.Â Hartford Community Schools was chosen as one of a handful of communities nationally to take part in her â€śMind in the Makingâ€ť initiative - meant to share life skills and give hands-on training for parents and educators. Today, weâ€™ll talk with Ellen Galinsky. Â
The country just seems to get a lot of things right. It ranks among the highest in the world for self-reported happiness. The education system is also chronically ranked among the best in the world, but without the manic emphasis on standardized tests or cramming that afflicts other high achieving countries. They do health care better than we do, and maternity leave and parental sick time are givens.
The U.S. Department of Education has issued new data on the cost of college in America. Three Connecticut colleges rank among Â the nationâ€™s most expensive.Â
Trinity Collegeâ€™s tuition is Â 5thÂ highest in the nation for private, not-for-profit 4-year colleges. The sticker price at Trinity is $44,070 dollars.Â Connecticut College ranks 7thÂ .Â Wesleyan University comes in a close 8th.Â
The data can be found on the USDEâ€™s website called College Scorecard, which offers students and families a variety of ways to compare the cost of college.
If you want to think about the way our diminished interest in the humanities amounts to playing with fire, consider the present moment, which includes wind-driven deadly wildfires in Arizona and a tornado in Windsor and the recurrent suggestion that this is "the new normal."
The new normal is incredibly dangerous and getting worse. We have enormous amounts of scientific information that explains why some of this is happening, and what we should do to keep it from getting worse. But as a planet and a nation, we're not doing much. Why?Â
Connecticutâ€™s final 2013 budget includes more money for suburban school districts that accept urban students through the Open Choice program. Â Open Choice is seen as an important way for the state to meet its desegregation goals in the long-running Sheff vs. Oâ€™Neill case.
A new study finds that the way teachers interact with young children while they play, can have a powerful impact on toddlersâ€™ mathematical abilities. WNPR visits a pre-school on the campus of Eastern Connecticut State University.
This toddler is rolling a dice on a board game, trying to figure out how many spaces to get to a pig. Along the way, his teacher is constantly engaging him in â€śmath talk.â€ť The child was one of about 65 four and five-year-olds in a study on the importance of math education during play.
Today, we're broadcasting live from the offices of the Newtown Bee - a small, hometown newspaper that -like the rest of this community - was thrown into the national spotlight six months ago today.
The mass shooting that killed 20 young students and 6 educators launched a national conversation about gun violence and mental health. Â But those conversations in Hartford and Washington seem still distant from this community, where the pain is still very fresh, and real and daily.
Connecticut's Commissioner of the Department of Children and Families testified at a Senate hearing on Tuesday in response to a bill that would require states to do more to help children who've been exploited by sex traffickers.