Common Council member Tom Livingston (D-District E), left; Ordinance Committee Chairwoman Eloisa Melendez (D-District A), right. (File photo)
NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk would be ahead of Connecticut’s curve if Common Council move ahead with their current thinking on a target-specific noise ordinance.
The Council Ordinance Committee is beginning its discussion next month with the thought of limiting noise from SoNo commercial establishments to 45 decibels at night, and redefining what is considered “night.” This was the recommendation they got from Charles Shamoon, Assistant Counsel at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, but not standard procedure in Connecticut. Continue reading Norwalk Council studies noise issue
Anthony Allison is the executive director of Norwalk ACTS.
Shout Out to Ailish Dennigan, aFood Corps Service Member, serving with Norwalk Grows, for spearheading the effort to obtain a Share Our Strength/No Kid Hungry grant to pilot an alternative breakfast delivery model through the Breakfast in Classroom Programat Brookside Elementary School. The pilot will run from early May through the end of the school year. Brookside students, 64 percent of which are eligible for Free or Reduced Price (FRP) Lunch, already receive lunch bags in the cafeteria, but now they will also pick up breakfast each morning and bring it into the classroom. Research shows that increased school breakfast program participation is associated with better academic test scores, daily attendance, and class participation, as well as reductions in student absences and tardiness.
Shout Out to Connecticut students whose graduation rates reached an all-time high during the 2015-2016 school year, hitting 87.4 percent. Connecticut students continue to graduate high school within four years at a significantly higher rate than the national average of 83.2 percent. Continue reading Opinion: Norwalk ACTS director’s weekly shout outs
Testing and Evaluation Specialist Diane Filardo speaks to the Norwalk Board of Education last week in City Hall. (A screen capture from the Norwalk Public Schools video.)
NORWALK, Conn. — A look at Norwalk students’ achievement was presented to the Board of Education this week.
Connecticut issued an accountability plan for the first time a year ago, Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski said. At that point, the data was all about state assessment testing but now, for the first time, there’s a look at growth, he said, describing the 2015-2016 accountability report as “comprehensive.” Continue reading NPS holds itself to account for state
The retirement security of our teachers and the health of the state budget are both at risk because the teachers’ pension system is in such bad shape. The growing cost of this system is also stopping money from getting to classrooms and kids.
Norwalk Federation of Teachers President Mary Yordon, left, attends a Board of Education meeting in June. (File photo)
Updated 6 p.m., comment from Mayor Harry Rilling.
NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk Public Schools are preparing for a significant reduction in force on July 1, as the Norwalk Federation of Teachers has rejected a move to a state health insurance policy, Norwalk Board of Education Chairman Mike Lyons said Thursday.