State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25) speaks in November at a press conference organized by the Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now (ConnCAN) to press the state for educational funding reform. To the right of Duff is State Rep. Bruce Morris (D-140); both legislators now have proposed bills working toward a new Educational Cost Sharing (ECS) formula.
NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalkers are being recruited for a Wednesday expedition to Hartford to try to get Norwalk Public Schools better funding from Connecticut.
Norwalk is “shortchanged at least $20 million a year,” through the state’s Educational Cost Sharing Formula (ECS), Board of Education member Mike Barbis said at Monday’s Democratic Town Committee meeting. “… There’s a big hearing on Wednesday and people should go speak.” Continue reading Norwalk looks to mobilize for ECS reform
Norwalk Federation of Teachers President Mary Yordon, left, attends a Board of Education meeting in June. (File photo)
NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk Board of Education members have broken their own civility code with their comments on social media, leaders of the Norwalk Federation of Teachers said.
The statement put out by the NFT in support of State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff’s Fix it First plan to address the city’s dilapidated school buildings was carefully considered and had the support of most teachers, NFT President Mary Yordon said, while NFT First Vice President Joe Giandurco said comments made by BoE Chairman Mike Lyons on social media were an “embarrassment.” Continue reading Yordon defended, Lyons called ’embarrassment’
Do you think it is fair that most of Norwalk’s 11,000 students have to wait up to 15 years before their school repair needs are addressed?
As some of you may know, Mayor Rilling, Rep. Morris, Rep. Perone, Board of Education members, community activists, parents and I gathered recently to propose a Fix It First plan to immediately and quickly address the infrastructure problems at our 19 schools. Continue reading Opinion: Not waiting 15 years
Joe DeLong is the Executive Director of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM), Connecticut’s largest nonpartisan, statewide association of towns and cities, representing 158 member municipalities.
Terry Cowgill lives in Lakeville, blogs atctdevilsadvocate.com and is news editor of The Berkshire Record in Great Barrington, Mass.
It seems like every two or three years the state of Connecticut deludes itself into thinking it’ll see the return of the National Hockey League. That’s’ probably because we’re still haunted by the ghost of then-new Whalers owner Peter Karmanos, who faced with declining attendance in 1997, moved the hapless team to Raleigh, N.C.
Barth Keck teaches English, including Journalism, Media Literacy, and Advanced Placement Language & Composition, and is an assistant football coach at Haddam-Killingworth High School.
I’ve been teaching high school English in Connecticut for 26 years. It is my job, first and foremost, to help teenagers develop reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. In addition, I teach Journalism, Media Literacy, and Advanced Placement English, allowing me to share my passion for media and language.
Despite certain teacher stereotypes, I do not attempt to “indoctrinate” my students with any religious or political philosophy. It’s not always easy, considering the abundance of religious symbolism in literature and the unceasing political topics in the media. Continue reading CTNJ/Opinion: The ideology of critical thinking
Sarah Darer Littman is an award-winning columnist and novelist of books for teens. A former securities analyst, she’s now an adjunct in the MFA program at WCSU (and as such is an AAUP member), and enjoys helping young people discover the power of finding their voice as an instructor at the Writopia Lab.
Susan Bigelow is an award-winning columnist and the founder of CTLocalPolitics. She lives in Enfield with her wife and their cats.
The Trump era is a time of cruelty and fear. The president’s administration has gutted Obamacare, removed vital environmental protections, and rescinded federal protections for transgender children. The biggest targets so far, though, have been immigrants, especially undocumented persons and refugees. Continue reading CTNJ/Opinion: Stand against Trump’s deportation plans