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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We're going go get an update now on the shooting rampage today at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty-seven people at Sandy Hook School were killed, including the gunman. Craig LeMoult of member station WSHU is with us now. And, Craig, what's the latest there?
Students in three Connecticut school districts will start having longer school days beginning next year. Governor Dannel Malloy joined U-S Education Secretary Arne Duncan and leaders from four other states to announce the initiative in Washington DC. 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.
Five school districts in Connecticut have submitted proposals for the next round of Race to the Top grants. They’ll compete with districts nationwide for a share of nearly 400 million dollars in federal education funding.
This Race to the Top competition is open to school districts, " ...and its specifically targeted to personalized learning."
David Low teaches engineering and math at New Haven’s Sound School.
"Now that has some chance of creating innovative solutions that will actually have some hope of succeeding in the 21st century."
Education ranks high on the list of issues voters care about, according to a September survey by the Pew Research Center. But voters haven’t heard many specifics on education policy from either President Barack Obama or Governor Mitt Romney during the campaign.
That may be because the candidates share many similar views.
State Representative Gary Holder-Winfield describes education’s role in this presidential campaign as "rhetorical".
When can you call something a “crisis?” Is it when a problem gets worse than ever before? When some aspect of life falls apart completely?
Or, can a crisis be something that lingers for years - maybe even decades - until it poses a threat to the community?
That’s the story of the high school dropout in America. The raw data shows that the percentage of those graduating high school hasn’t really changed for a long time. As it was decades ago, about 25 percent of students drop out - that’s about one million a year.
Jeff Cohen: This is Where We Live. I’m Jeff Cohen, in for John Dankosky. What’s an adult? And when it comes to crime, should a teenager be treated like one? Those are a couple of the questions we’ll be considering as we talk about young people in prison.
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.
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.
Earlier this week the Enfield Board of Education agreed to stop holding high school graduation ceremonies in a local Christian church. The settlement ends a lawsuit brought on behalf of two students and three parents.
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.
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.
Six education and business groups have released an analysis of Connecticut’s education reform legislation. The group includes the Connecticut Association of Schools, the CT Council for Education Reform, CBIA, CABE, CAPSS and ConnCAN. They say that the bill will jumpstart reforms, but stress - there’s more to be done.
Before Alie Garry could enroll at Tunxis Community College, in Farmington, Conn., the 18-year old Simsbury resident had to take a required standardized test called, ominously, the “Accuplacer.” It told her what she might not have wanted to hear - that she needed remedial classes in math and English. But now, three years later, she is grateful for the Accuplacer.
Most people wait till adulthood to discover their knack for business. But others tap into their entrepreneurial spirit before they even hold a drivers license. In the second of a two part series on young inventors, WNPR’s Sujata Srinivasan meets the teen entrepreneurs.
Some young people seem driven to invent. And if that spirit is nurtured it can become the basis for a successful business career. In the first of a two part series on early entrepreneurship, WNPR’s Sujata Srinivasan met some of the state’s very youngest creative minds at Connecticut’s Invention Convention.
Yale School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theatre have received the largest financial gift in their history. The funds will support the creation of new plays and musicals for the American stage.
The $18 million gift will permanently endow Yale’s ongoing new plays program, says Yale Rep Artistic Director James Bundy.
"To our knowledge, it’s the largest gift in the history of the American Theatre specifically for programming, which is to say that funds from the endowment will go to the commissioning, development and production of new plays."
Lawmakers continue to work on a compromise education reform bill that they hope Governor Malloy and the legislature can agree on. One key lawmaker believes the two sides are not that far apart.
Administration officials have been meeting behind closed doors with top leaders to craft the next version of Governor Malloy’s education reform package. In March, lawmakers made significant changes to the original proposal, including a delay in overhauling teacher evaluation and tenure.
A bill aimed a reducing the numbers of Connecticut students arrested at school passed a legislative committee this week. Supporters of the measure say too many kids are being arrested for low-level, non-violent offenses.
Connecticut Judicial Branch data show that nearly 20% of the cases that ended up in juvenile court during the first six months of the current academic year began when kids were arrested at school.
"41% of those were for breach of peace or disorderly conduct."
The legislature’s Education Committee has passed a revised version of Governor Malloy’s proposed school reform bill.
Speaking before last night’s vote, co-chair Andrew Fleischmann said members of the education committee respect the Governor’s broad vision on school reform and sought to fine tune and improve the measure.