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Standardized Testing Gone Nuts – An Update from Bridgeport, Connecticut

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by Jon Pelto from Wait, What It was only a month ago that, fresh off the 2012 state-wide Connecticut Mastery Tests, Bridgeport’s $229,000 part-time superintendent of schools, Paul Vallas, announced that Bridgeport’s students would be given yet another battery of standardized tests at the beginning of June. Despite a massive school budget deficit, in which […] [Read More]
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Romney’s Appeal To Voters Is The Economy?

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Vermont’s Leaders Are Smarter Than Ours

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by Jon Pelto from Wait, What< “As the Vermont Department of Education has continued to negotiate for the flexibility that was promised since we started in August, it has become clear that the U.S. Education Department is interested in simply replacing one punitive, prescriptive model of accountability with another,” - ­Spokesman, Vermont Department of Education […] [Read More]
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Florida’s Standardized Testing Disaster – “Education Reform” At Its Worst

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by Jon Pelto from Wait, What Like the car accident that you can’t take your eyes off of, the incredible standardized test debacle that is playing itself out in Florida is a stunning lesson about how out of control the “education reformers” have become. Their mantra there, as it is here in Connecticut, is that […] [Read More]
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Venice at the Mattatuck Museum

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Ernest David Roth, Ca d’Oro, 1913, Private Collection John Taylor Arms, Venetian Mirror, 1935 Fabio Mauroner, La Processione (S. Maria della Salute), 1924 The Mattatuck Museum presents Reflections & Undercurrents: Ernest Roth and Printmaking in Venice, 1900-1940. This exhibition of approximately one hundred prints concentrates on a group of American etchers and their Italian counterparts […] [Read More]
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Robert Reich: How Romney Got Rich

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Himes, StartUp Connecticut to Host Entrepreneurs Roundtable Thursday at Stamford Innovation Center

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On Thursday May 24, Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) will join StartUp Connecticut and local business owners for a roundtable discussion on entrepreneurship at the Stamford Innovation Center. Himes will provide an overview of the recently-enacted Jumpstart Our Business Start-Ups (JOBS) Act, and experts from the investment community will be on hand to discuss various avenues […] [Read More]
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EXONERATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES, 1989 – 2012

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FULL REPORT BY THE NATIONAL REGISTRY OF EXONERATIONS Key Findings 1. Snapshot figures of the 873 exonerated defendants:  93% are men, 7% women;  50% are black, 38% white, 11% Hispanic and 2% Native American or Asian;  37% were exonerated with the help of DNA evidence; 63% without DNA;  as a group, […] [Read More]
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Connecticut Highly Rated, But Can Do Better: Many Injuries Do Still Occur

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In a new report, The Facts Hurt: A State-By-State Injury Prevention Policy Report, 24 states scored a five or lower on a set of 10 key indicators of steps states can take to prevent injuries. Two states, California and New York, received the highest score of nine out of a possible 10, while two states […] [Read More]
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Blumenthal Endorses Murphy for U.S. Senate

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Today, Senator Richard Blumenthal endorsed Chris Murphy’s campaign for the United States Senate. With this endorsement, Senator Blumenthal joins a growing list of Connecticut leaders to stand with Murphy, including Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, Attorney General George Jepsen, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, Comptroller Kevin Lembo, the state’s entire U.S. […] [Read More]
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