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New spokesperson at State Department of Education

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HARTFORD — The state Department of Education has a new spokesperson, effect Friday.  Kelly Ann Donnelly, was introduced as the new director of communications by Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor. She will make $82,000 in the job. Jim Polities, who held the role, will transition to direct community affairs in support of regional school choice […] [Read More]
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State budget cuts shouldn’t impact Wright-Tech reopening

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HARTFORD– State legislators were assured Thursday that the $1,172,000 cut in the Technical High Schools under the budget cuts ordered by Gov. Dannel Malloy shouldn’t keep Wright-Tech in Stamford from reopening in 2014.  Pat Ciccione, superintendent of the state’s Technical High School system until she leaves in January to become superintendent of schools in Westbrook, said […] [Read More]
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Bridgeport schools to get free climate survey

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BRIDGEPORT — It may not agree on most things, but when it comes to free, its not hard to get a unanimous nod from the city school board.   The board, last night, gave a unanimous concensus to proceed with an offer from PhD candidate to make the climate of city schools the focus of his research. The […] [Read More]
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How CT graduation rate stacks up

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Education, on Monday, released a new report that compares high school graduation rates by state using what it says is a more accurate and common measure. In Connecticut, according to the report, 83 percent of all students in the class of 2011 graduated. For black students, that number was […] [Read More]
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State to Bridgeport: Check is still not in the mail

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HARTFORD — The state Department of Education on Tuesday agreed to released promised Educational Cost Sharing dollars to two more Alliance Districts. Once again, Bridgeport wasn’t on the list.  This time it was Middletown and Norwich, bringing to 28 out of 30 districts to get funds that are supposed tobe used to increase student achievement. […] [Read More]
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Bridgeport Guidance staff gets SAT prep

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BRIDGEPORT — City guidance counselors participated last week in a College Board webinar designed to prevent any future students from being turned away from any future SAT testing in the future. Last month, a number of city students were turned away at Bassick High School because they lacked up-to-date identification cards which are now necessary […] [Read More]
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Speak Bridgeport: A Poetry Café

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BRIDGEPORT — Ron Rapice, a district teacher in the Talented and Gifted program has organized district-wide math tournaments, has put student poetry on city buses and has hosted an annual district poetry slam the past several years. His latest venture is Speak Bridgeport, a Poetry Café to be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, […] [Read More]
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Board of Regents chair names Prez search committee

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NEW HAVEN  — A committee has been named to select the next president of the Board of Regents for Higher Education. The board, meeting at Southern Connecticut State University on Thursday, authorized Lew Robinson, its chairman, to select a search committee to replace Robert Kennedy, who resigned last month after it was discovered he gave out unauthorized raises to […] [Read More]
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Bridgeport & Norwalk seek RACE TO TOP District $

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Bridgeport and Norwalk are among five Connecticut districts and hundreds across the country vying for federal Race To The Top district grants, the US Department of Education announced Wednesday. The state was a three time loser when it came to winning RTTT funds. This time, $400 million is up for grabs on a local school district […] [Read More]
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Fairfield County gets UConn finance major

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STORRS — The University of Connecticut’s Stamford branch, surrounded by numerous Fortune 500 companies, will begin offering a financial management major next fall. The UConn Board of Trustees, on Wednesday, gave unanimous approval to the program, which will prepare students for careers in corporate money management, investment, portfolio management and financial ethics. UConn partnered with […] [Read More]
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