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Thurgood Marshall son to mark Brown v BOE anniversary

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BRIDGEPORT - John W. Marshall, son of Thurgood Marshall, the nation’s first African-American U.S. Supreme Court justice and lead attorney in Brown vs. Board of Education will speak at noon Sept. 17 at the Holiday Inn in Bridgeport. An event sponsored by the Bridgeport Public Education Fund to mark the 60th anniversary of Brown v. BOE, Marshall will detail […] [Read More]
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State to hand out arts mini-grants to schools

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HARTFORD – Nothing gets cash starved public school teachers more excited that the word “mini-grants”. I am not kidding. Sure, Tuesday’s back-to-school meeting between outgoing Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor and about 140 top school leaders around the state was largely focused on common core and teacher evaluations and who is new and when is this […] [Read More]
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Pryor tells superintendents reforms will continue

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HARTFORD – Addressing a room full of school superintendents and educational leaders on the day after he announced he would soon leave his job as state education commissioner, Stefan Pryor insisted the state’s public education system is moving in the right direction and will continue to do so. Pryor, who said leaving, was his idea, […] [Read More]
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Topping off ceremony for Black Rock school today

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BRIDGEPORT – A ceremony will be held at 3:30 today to mark the completion of the tallest part of the Black Rock School addition project. Known as a topping off ceremony, the occasion is usually marked with the placing of an American flag on top of the new construction and then it’s back to work. […] [Read More]
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UConn president takes ALS ice bucket challenge.

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STORRS – University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst has taken the ALS ice bucket challenge. In a one and a half minute video on YouTube, Herbst said she was challenged by Ted Kennedy Jr. to take the challenge which is designed to raise awareness and research cash for what is known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. In […] [Read More]
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Pryor’s planned departure not a surprise to some

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News that Stefan Pryor, the controversial state Department of Education commissioner who joined the Malloy administration in September of 2011 is looking for a new job has saddened some and elated others, but did not come as a shock. The governor’s office announced Monday that Pryor will not seek a second term, which would coincide with […] [Read More]
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A new school year set to begin in Bridgeport

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BRIDGEPORT – It seems like only yesterday that the new school year in Bridgeport was being kicked off with district wide convocations held in the Arena at Harbor Yard. That was under former Schools Superintendent John Ramos, who eventually gave way to “streaming live” convocations broadcast in each school building with limited success. Last year, […] [Read More]
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Connecticut Board of Regents to meet Thursday

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HARTFORD – The Connecticut Board of Regents for High Education will meet at 10 a.m., Thursday, August 21, for a regular meeting in the regent’s ballroom, 61 Woodland Street. Here is the agenda. No mention in it of the ongoing search for a new Housatonic Community College president. They will talk about a new Partnership […] [Read More]
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Bridgeport bishop to speak at Fairfield University

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FAIRFIELD -  Diocese of Bridgeport Bishop Frank J. Caggiano is among the speakers this fall in Fairfield University’s Center for Catholic Studies. Rev. Caggiano will speak at 8 p.m., on Nov. 4, about how the Diocese of Bridgeport has begun its fourth diocesan synod, in the hope that it will be a catalyst for pastoral discernment and renewal. […] [Read More]
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Prolific SHU professor to publish his 42nd book

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FAIRFIELD – Sacred Heart University Professor Jonas Zdanys has received a grant from the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture to complete and publish his fifth volume of poetry written in Lithuanian. It will be his 42nd published book overall. This latest work will be called Ikaro Prisikelimas, which means ‘the resurrection of Icarus,’ continues the themes […] [Read More]
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