The state’s school superintendents have cooked up the latest in a series of high-profile plans to reform education in the state.
Their plan is ambitious and far reaching, including changes to testing, teaching and teacher tenure. Most importantly, perhaps are goals to offer more flexibility for both school districts and individual student learning plans.
Among the other recommendations? Universal Preschool and development of new relationships between superintendents and school boards.
Governor Malloy’s “E-C-S Task Force” meets today. The panel will hear testimony from a researcher at Connecticut Voices for Children on how to improve state financing of local public schools.
The Education Cost Sharing, or ECS, grant is the single most important source of funding for education from the state to local towns. The amount that a town receives is determined by a complex formula, which most educators and legislators agree needs to be reformed. Earlier this year, Governor Malloy established a task force to look into the formula.
School superintendents say the public education system in Connecticut needs an overhaul. The superintendents have unveiled a bold plan to transform schooling in the state.
It's not enough anymore to give kids an opportunity to learn, says Joseph Cirasuolo, executive director of the CT Association of Public School Superintendents. He says schools have to insure that all kids achieve at high levels.
School closures due last weekend’s snowstorm have created a scheduling headache for education leaders. We visited the town of Cheshire on Thursday, where students have already missed five days of classes, and winter hasn’t even begun.
"Grades were supposed to close this week, so this is one of the critical weeks in school."
The Connecticut Supreme Court heard arguments on Thursday challenging the state’s takeover of Bridgeport’s troubled public schools. Much of the debate centered on whether officials followed proper steps before replacing local school board members with state appointees.
The Connecticut Supreme Court will hear arguments on Thursday challenging the state’s takeover of the Bridgeport Board of Education. The plaintiffs argue that the state cannot deny residents the right to vote for their local school board.
Last summer, most of the members of Bridgeport’s Board of Ed, along with the city’s superintendent and mayor asked the State Board to intervene in the city’s schools. Within weeks, Connecticut’s Acting Education Commissioner had replaced Bridgeport’s elected school board with a state-appointed panel.
Lawmakers in Washington are considering a bill to reauthorize the No Child Left Behind Act. Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal plans to introduce an amendment that raises similar concerns as his 2005 lawsuit over the education reform law.
Connecticut submits its third bid for Race to the Top federal education grants on Wednesday. The focus this time around is early learning.
Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge Grants are targeted to states that want to better coordinate their early care and education systems. Right now, Connecticut has a patchwork of programs for young children overseen by five different state agencies.
First Niagara Bank has announced a $1.3 million donation to Manchester Community College and the town of Manchester. The funds will be used to support the college’s expansion into downtown.
A merger between New Alliance and First Niagara Banks led to the layoff of more than 90 workers in downtown Manchester earlier this year. At the same time, Manchester Community College needed to expand. First Niagara’s $1.3 million donation includes the value of a downtown building for the college, and a cash donation to the foundation that will operate the facility.
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.
Connecticut’s Technical High School System is building energy-efficient buildings that will serve as laboratories for students to learn about green technology. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports the first one opened this week
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."
New London's Board of Education has been getting attention recently for adopting a policy that will require all students beginning in 2015 to know English before they can graduate. As WNPR’s Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, the requirement reaches beyond the school district’s large student immigrant population.
A little more than half of New London tenth graders are proficient in reading and writing. Some point to the school district's diverse population as a reason. Almost thirty countries are represented in the student body.
A bill that would allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition rates has passed in the state House and now moves to the Senate.
The legislation would allow students who have graduated from a Connecticut high school after attending for at least four years to be eligible for the state tuition rate at a public college or university.
A similar bill was vetoed by former Governor Jodi Rell in 2007. But this year, Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy says he'll sign the bill into law.
Malloy's support is embraced by undocumented students like Carolina Bortolleto.