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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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Newtown Shooting
10:27 am
Mon December 17, 2012

State Police Wait To Confirm Conn. Shooter's Identity

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

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?

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Newtown
11:48 am
Sun December 16, 2012

"Such Tragedy Must Not Go Unanswered"

Diane Orson

Prayer vigils were held across Connecticut and around the country this weekend for the victims of Friday’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown. 

Bells on the New Haven green tolled 27 times for each of those who died.

Several hundred people gathered Saturday evening for a candlelight vigil. They stood near the flagpole on the New Haven green, a few steps away from the glow of the city’s Christmas tree.

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School Day
4:21 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

More Time in School for Students in Three Districts

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.

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Where We Live
11:12 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Bullied No More

Funding Education
6:58 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Five School Districts Submit Race To The Top Applications

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."

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Candidate Views on Education
1:47 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Education And The Election

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".

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Where We Live
10:38 am
Fri September 21, 2012

High School Dropouts: A Crisis, and a Promise

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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.  

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:58 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Tony Danza Wants To 'Apologize To Every Teacher' He Ever Had

Crown Archetype

Today's show started with the fact that Tony Danza was available and willing to talk to us. 

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Where We Live
1:06 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Raise The Age -- Transcript

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.

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Where We Live
10:49 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Why Is Algebra Necessary?

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“Is algebra necessary?” It’s a question that crosses the minds of many students struggling in high school and college math classes.

Professor Andrew Hacker wonders the same thing. His opinion piece about the math we teach to students has started a big conversation about how schools prepare people for the real world.

He wonders whether this stumbling block forces kids out of school early...whether it really helps with the 21st century tools we need.

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Education Reform
8:01 am
Tue July 24, 2012

New CMT Measure Reveals Different Picture Of Academic Improvement

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.

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Religion in Schools
6:49 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Enfield Stops Holding High School Graduations In Local Christian Church

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.

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Education Reform
6:39 am
Wed May 30, 2012

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan Meets With Educators In New Haven

Diane Orson

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.

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Education Reform
6:32 am
Wed May 30, 2012

UConn's Neag School To Play Key Role In Ed Reform Legislation

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.

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College Readiness
4:11 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Bill Aims to Cut Remedial Classes in Connecticut Colleges

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.

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Entrepreneurs
12:59 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Optimism, Ideals Drive Teen Entrepreneurs

Sujata Srinivasan

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.

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Gates-Millenium Scholarship
12:00 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Valedictorian And Teen Mother Wins Gates Millenium Scholarship

Diane Orson

The valedictorian of a New Haven high school has won a Gates-Millenium scholarship to college. The student is a teen mother who will attend a college that supports single moms in higher education.

"My name is Shayla McQueen. I’m 17 years old. And I’m valedictorian of James Hillhouse High School."

Shayla McQueen is also a mother.  Her son, Arlander Folson, turns two in August. 

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Teaching Innovation
11:28 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Invention Convention Sparks Creative Kids

Sujata Srinivasan

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.

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Yale Drama
7:20 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Yale Gift Supports Creation Of New Plays...Forever

Joan Marcus, with permission

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."

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Education Reform
6:57 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Work Continues On Compromise Education Reform Bill

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.

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School Arrests Reform
8:27 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Bill Aims To Reduce School-Based Arrests

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."

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School Reform
6:30 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Ed Committee Passes Revised School Reform Bill

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.

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