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If you take a look at movies or TV, you’d think that having a disability is the worst fate possible-- maybe even worse than death.  Better to not be born at all than struggle through life unable to walk, hear, see or talk.

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.

Connecticut's "Alternative Schools"

Jan 18, 2012
Chion Wolf

Thousands of students leave their traditional public high schools each year for what are called alternative schools. They’re meant to provide smaller class sizes and more individual instruction for struggling students. But since the state doesn’t define the meaning of alternative and doesn’t collect data from many of these schools, it’s hard to know if they’re achieving their goals. WNPR’s Neena Satija reports in the second of a three-part series. (Listen to the first segment here.)

Pushed Out?

Jan 18, 2012

Thousands of public school students in Connecticut don’t get their diplomas each year, but only some are called “dropouts.” So what happens to the others? This is the first of a three-part series on how kids leave the school system without officially “dropping out.”

Diane Orson

Parents packed into an elementary school gymnasium in Middletown last night to hear from local education officials, and to voice their concerns over so-called “scream rooms.” Teachers at the school use a time-out room to discipline disruptive students.

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