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Linda Conner Lambeck

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State says ‘yes’ to GE/Harding clean-up plan.

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HARTFORD – A hearing officer for the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection today released a final decision clearing the plan GE has to clean up a former toxic industrial site off Boston Avenue so that the city can build a new Harding High school there. The GE decision comes after years of planning and […] [Read More]
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State pushes for more NCLB flexibility

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HARTFORD—The State Department of Education is seeking public comment on its renewal for flexibility from meeting certain requirements of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, better known as the No Child Left Behind law. The state has had a waiver in meeting some requirements of the law as it relates to such things as […] [Read More]
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District Parent Advisory Council takes Bridgeport BOE, superintendent to court

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BRIDGEPORT _ Norm Pattis, an attorney for parents no longer recognized by the city school board for representing district parents, has filed suit in U.S. District court Tuesday asking for punitive damages against Interim Schools Superintendent Fran Rabinowitz as well a temporary injunction prevention the district from replacing members of the District Executive Parent Advisory Council. The […] [Read More]
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Appropriations Committee hears support and opposition to charter schools

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Updat: 1:10 p.m. In response to the CEA, Jeramiah Grace, state director for the Northeast Charter Schools said school districts are responsible for special education and transportation costs regardless of where children go to school. Opening a new charter school, he said, does not increase those costs. He also maintained that districts are held harmless […] [Read More]
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Compassion Leads to Action

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Trumbull – Middle school students from St. Theresa School spent recess learning to use a sewing machine to create fleece neck scarves for the guests of Merton House. The tube shaped scarves can extend up to cover the nose and ears and dips down to fill the zipper opening of a jacket. They are great […] [Read More]
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Milford girl, 12, challenges school ban of leggings

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    Update: 11:11 a.m. After meeting with the school principal, it was agreed that Bella Ray and other young women at West Shore can now wear leggings with a shirt of a reasonably length. Bella’s mom described the principal as kind and understanding.. No disciplinary action will be taken, she added. MILFORD – Isabella “Bella” […] [Read More]
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Ansonia and Bridgeport to get more state preschool funding

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HARTFORD – Ansonia and Bridgeport are among 14 communities awarded new preschool slots and funds to repurpose classrooms into spaces appropriate for three and four year olds, the state announced on Monday. The $3.5 million initiative is possible, officials said, because $1.5 million is for capitol improvements that will be bonded and $2 million for […] [Read More]
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UConn announces its commencement speaker line up

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STORRS – Most colleges have one commencement speaker. Some have two if they split the distribution of undergraduate and graduate degrees. The University of Connecticut has eight for May 2015 commencement ceremonies. One of them is actress and singer Leslie Uggams who will speak to Fine Arts graduates. All collect hnorary degrees for their trouble. Here […] [Read More]
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Bridgeport BOE Building Committee take up Columbus, Harding and more

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BRIDGEPORT – The city school board’s Buildings and Operations Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Room 305 of City Hall. The agenda includes a discussion of concerns from Columbus School, an update on Harding High School, a construction update and discussion of two programs: Constellation Energy Performance and a KaBOOM Playground site. Hernan […] [Read More]
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Poetry event at Housatonic Community College.

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Bridgeport – A poetry event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, March 5, at the Burt Chernow Galleries at Housatonic Community College. The event is being run by the Women Gather at Housatonic Museum of Art and is free of charge to the public. The series highlights the poetry of women and encourages writers from […] [Read More]
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