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Jonathan Kantrowitz

Turnaround Arts programs in high-poverty, low-performing schools produce positve results

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The President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities has published an interim report on its signature initiative, Turnaround Arts. Turnaround Arts works with local program partners to provide arts education resources to clusters of high-poverty, low-performing schools in their region. Local partners include state arts agencies, schools districts, foundation and educational organizations. This shared leadership […] [Read More]
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Stratford Residents to Rally Against Change to Eminent Domain Code

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source: ForStratford, a political action committee After vigorous public opposition at the January 12 Town Council meeting, town residents will rally on Stratford Town Hall steps Monday, January 26, 2013 at 6:00 pm. The proposed charter change would eliminate the ban on taking someone’s home or business for private gain. “This is a very dangerous […] [Read More]
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How the Congress of Vienna Influences Us Today

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By Mark Jarrett, Ph.D., author of The Congress of Vienna and its Legacy Two hundred years ago, European rulers were in the midst of what may well have been the most extravagant celebration in history—the “Congress of Vienna.” After more than two decades of war against Revolutionary and Napoleonic France, it was time for the […] [Read More]
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Citizen Audit Finds Flaws in Official Election Audits

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Source: Connecticut Citizen Election Audit Today, the Connecticut Citizen Election Audit released a report covering citizen observation and analysis of the August and November 2014 official post-election audits. Citizen Audit spokesperson Luther Weeks stated, “We appreciate improvements made by the Secretary of the State’s Office. We remain disappointed after eight years that significant improvements remain […] [Read More]
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Connecticut Voices for Children Announces 2015 Policy Agenda

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Source: Connecticut Voices for Children Connecticut Voices for Children, a statewide research and advocacy organization dedicated to equitable opportunity for all children, announced the release of its 2015 policy agenda. The agenda seeks to promote healthy child development, high-quality education from cradle to career, and strong families. The increasing diversity of Connecticut’s children and families […] [Read More]
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Citizen Audit Report: Secretary of the State and her Office significantly improve integrity and transparency

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Today, the Connecticut Citizen Election Audit released a report of their audit of the random drawing of districts and races for the November 2014 post-election audit. The credibility of elections depends on the integrity of the post-election audit, which in turn depends on the integrity and transparency of the associated random drawing. Citizen Audit spokesperson […] [Read More]
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Latest Health Research

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Regular exercise may boost brain health in adults Jonathan Kantrowitz at Health News Report – 16 hours ago In the brain, blood flow and cognitive function peak during young adulthood, but a new study of 52 young women found that oxygen availability, which is known to positively relate to brain health and function, is higher […] [Read More]
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U.S. has the world’s most educated workforce—but students face unparalleled levels of poverty, inequity and violence

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Source: Horace Mann League (HML) and the National Superintendents Roundtable A new study released today challenges the practice of ranking nations by educational test scores and questions conventional wisdom that the U.S.educational system has fallen badly behind school systems abroad. In their report, School Performance in Context: The Iceberg Effect, the Horace Mann League (HML) […] [Read More]
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Fifth Anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United Ruling

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Source: Common Cause in Connecticut In his heyday nearly a century ago, Will Rogers made Americans smile with an observation that our country “has the best politicians money can buy.” This week, on the fifth anniversary of what might be characterized as the Supreme Court’s initiative to help us buy better ones, it’s fair to […] [Read More]
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NASA, NOAA find 2014 warmest year in modern record

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Source: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center The year 2014 ranks as Earth’s warmest since 1880, according to two separate analyses by NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists. The 10 warmest years in the instrumental record, with the exception of 1998, have now occurred since 2000. This trend continues a long-term warming of the […] [Read More]
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