Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski, left, and Board of Education Chairman Mike Lyons speak with the public at Tuesday’s BoE meeting in City Hall.
NORWALK, Conn. — The direction of Norwalk Public Schools was affirmed Tuesday with a less-than-unanimous vote.
After months of discussion, the Board of Education’s 2016-19 Strategic Operating Plan (SOP) was approved 5-0-3, with Sherelle Harris absent. Of the three abstainers, Artie Kassimis said he thought some things needed to be fleshed out, while Yvel Crevecoeur sat silent, and Shirley Mosby conveyed her thoughts by rolling her eyes numerous times and shaking her head.
The Orlando shooting again raises the American dilemma, unique amongst the major Western countries, of resolving the seemingly intractable problems of occasional mass shootings, roughly 6,000 gun homicides annually, mostly in our inner Cities, and occasional shootings of law enforcement.
Our unique circumstances include an estimated 300 million guns in circulation, millions held illegally and/or accessed by criminals, non-uniform “access statutes” across the various states, generally moderate penalties for illegal possession, generally low cost of domesticity made weapons, access to weapons across a porous Mexican border, a “hunting culture,” 2nd Amendment granting gun ownership rights and a long history of civilian and military gun use against the native peoples, the British, the Civil War, World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, etc.
It would appear more than likely that Hillary Clinton will be elected as the next president of the United States come next fall.
She can be thankful in no small part to the major role that the teacher organizations in the nation such as the National Educational Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) played in their early endorsement of her presidency. Public school teachers and parents are fighting the battle of their lives in attempting to hold off the forces of privatization along with the onslaught of charter schools in the nation.
High Road School of Norwalk is a state-approved alternative special education placement specializing in instructional and behavioral interventions for students with multiple disabilities including the Emotionally Disturbed classification, interim Special Education Department Director Joseph Russo said in a report to the Norwalk Board of Education.
NORWALK, Conn. — A Norwalk child got a scratch on his arm got after trying to elbow the staff at High Road School, according to the school’s staff members. Another child, whose grandmother recently complained that her grandchild had gotten a burn on their arm while attending High Road School, told school staff members that the burn came from her father’s cigarette.
Margie Gillis, Ed.D., founder and president of Literacy How talks about preschool education at the June 7 Norwalk Board of Education meeting in City Hall.
NORWALK, Conn. — The goal of preventing a preparation gap from turning into an achievement gap is fueling Norwalk Public Schools’ move to expand its pioneering preschool program this year, according to Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski.
NORWALK, Conn. — AMEC owner Guy Mazzola acquired some of his South Norwalk properties in response to suggestions from the Planning and Zoning staff, his attorneys said last week.
“There has been a lot of talk like they are some rogue Zoning violator. Well, going back, AMEC has been working with your staff to do the right thing with these properties,” Attorney Christopher Smith said at Wednesday’s Zoning Commission public hearing, where the Commission turned down AMEC’s application to consolidate 10 adjacent Chestnut Street-area parcels into one big contractor’s yard. Continue reading AMEC lawyers lay out history of ‘cease and desist’ orders
Terry Cowgill lives in Lakeville, blogs at ctdevilsadvocate.com and is news editor of The Berkshire Record in Great Barrington, Mass. Follow him on Twitter @terrycowgill.
After a savage attack last week in a gay nightclub in Orlando that killed more people than any mass shooting in modern U.S. history, Connecticut and America are waking up with a gun hangover. They only question is whether it’ll wear off and allow the nation to return to business as usual, or whether the headache and shame are so severe as to effect a real change in lifestyle. I’m hoping for the latter.
Susan Bigelow is an award-winning columnist and the founder of CTLocalPolitics. She lives in Enfield with her wife and their cats.
I wish I knew how to feel after Orlando. I’ve felt so many things, from shock to horror to anger to grief to a deep, worried sadness that refuses to fade, days later. I’ve seen the people around me react with fury, with political slogans, with hate, and with resignation.
But I think I mostly just feel an aching helplessness in the face of the worst mass shooting in our country’s modern history, not just because I know there’s zero chance we’ll actually change our gun laws, but also because this one was aimed at the LGBT community.