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Another way to support Sandy Hook teachers.

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HARTFORD — The State Department of Education on Wednesday announced the following effort to help Sandy Hook elementary school teachers rebuild their classrooms: Hartford, CT—A coalition of education leaders joined in the announcement of the creation of a donation website, DonorsChoose.org/Newtown, dedicated to supporting the classroom efforts of teachers in Newtown, Connecticut. Contributions received through […] [Read More]
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Scholarship fund for Sandy Hook nears $500K

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STORRS — The University of Connecticut’s Sandy Hook School Memorial Scholarship Fund honoring those who died in the tragic shooting in Newtown has received donations and pledges totaling more than $475,000, with contributions still coming in, university officials announced on Monday.  According to a statement released by the university, more than 3,000 people from the […] [Read More]
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Safe corridors a dead end?

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BRIDGEPORT — The district’s new safe-corridors program isn’t working half as well as organizers would like because not enough volunteers are stepping forward to be the eyes and ears of the district. A number of residents say it’s because parents, like their children, are afraid of retribution if they report a crime. “You’re going to […] [Read More]
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Ct Technical High School system gets interim leader

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HARTFORD —  Nivea Torres has been appointed Interim Superintendent of the Connecticut Technical High School System, state officials announced on Thursday. Torres was recommended jointly by the Connecticut Technical High School System’s Governing Board and Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor.  Her appointment was unanimously approved by the Connecticut State Board of Education. Torres, who has […] [Read More]
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UConn President and others: Don’t turn our schools into fortresses.

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University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst and others have signed onto a position statement that calls on meaningful action and a balanced approach in light of the Newtown school shooting.  They don’t want to see schools turned into fortresses.  The position paper was developed by nine school violence prevention researchers and practitioners nationwide, including George Sugai of UConn’s […] [Read More]
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A way to take mind off tragedy

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BRIDGEPORT — As many as 5,000 tickets to a Sound Tiger’s Game on Wednesday, Dec. 19, are up for grabs in the office of the superintendent of schools. Word of the free tickets came Monday afternoon from city school officials and the mayor’s office, along with a press release that read: In light of these tragic […] [Read More]
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In wake of Newtown shooting special precautions put in place in Bridgeport

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BRIDGEPORT — The following message appeared today on the Bridgeport Public Schools web site: Greetings, In light of the tragedy in Newtown, I am writing to share some updates on extra precautions that will be in place in our school district next week. Police will be providing extra patrols and presence at all schools during […] [Read More]
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Better luck next time. Bridgeport loses out on RTTT-District

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BRIDGEPORT — A short time ago, the U.S. Department of Education announced both Bridgeport and Hartford were still in the running for Race To the Top District funds when the list was pared down to 62 applications. Well, the winners were announced today by the White House and US Department of Education and guess who […] [Read More]
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School grade list will be out on Monday

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HARTFORD — In the careful what you wish for department, the state is preparing to release a list on Monday that reduces student achievement across all grades and core subject areas to a single number. That was the deal it struck with the federal government that for a decade forced some schools to wear the […] [Read More]
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Some kids puzzled by vocabulary

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More than half of all fourth graders in the nation don’t know what the word “prestigious” means when they read it in a story. Same goes for the words flourish, barren and eerie.A majority of eighth graders, meanwhile, get hung up on the word “urbane” and less than half of high school seniors can recognize […] [Read More]
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