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Jonathan Kantrowitz

Low-Income, Minority CT Students More Likely to Attend Schools with Larger Kindergarten Classes & Inexperienced Teachers

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Source: Connecticut Voices for Children New Report Shows Educational Consequences of Connecticut’s Racial and Socioeconomic Segregation Low-income students and students of color are more likely to attend public schools with the largest kindergarten classes and least experienced teachers, according to a new report “Unequal Schools: Connecticut’s Racial, Socioeconomic, and Geographic Disparities in Class Size and […] [Read More]
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Latest Health Research

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Vegetarian diet linked to lower risk of colorectal cancers Jonathan Kantrowitz at Health News Report – 15 hours ago *Vegetarian Diet* *Vegetarian diet linked to lower risk of colorectal cancers* Eating a vegetarian diet was associated with a lower risk of colorectal cancers compared with nonvegetarians in a study of Seventh-Day Adventist men and women, […] [Read More]
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Prenatal exposure to common household chemicals linked with substantial drop in child IQ

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Source: Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health Children exposed during pregnancy to elevated levels of two common chemicals found in the home–di-n-butyl phthalate (DnBP) and di-isobutyl phthalate (DiBP)–had an IQ score, on average, more than six points lower than children exposed at lower levels, according to researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public […] [Read More]
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Virtual Schools Remain Unproven

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SHU professor contributes to study Source: National Education Policy Center The third edition of the National Education Policy Center’s annual report on virtual schools finds that while online schools continue to proliferate, there continues to be little evidence of their effectiveness. The limited evidence in hand indicates that virtual schools lag behind traditional public schools. […] [Read More]
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Connecticut can avoid deep budget cuts to programs supporting children and families

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Source: Connecticut Voices for Children Connecticut can avoid deep budget cuts to programs supporting children and families by fixing tax inequities and waste, according to a new report, “Funding Our Future: Child and Family Friendly Revenue Options,” from Connecticut Voices for Children. The report, which outlines a series of revenue options that could prevent harmful […] [Read More]
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BPA exposure linked to autism spectrum disorder, study reports

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Source: Rowan University A newly published study is the first to report an association between bisphenol-A (BPA), a common plasticizer used in a variety of consumer food and beverage containers, with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children. The study, by researchers at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM) and Rutgers New Jersey Medical School […] [Read More]
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Buying Public Policy in CT – Corporate Education Reform Industry’s spends $6.8+ million and counting

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by Jonathan Pelto from Wait, What The uncomfortable truth is that Governor Dannel Malloy and key members of the Connecticut General Assembly continue to side with the Corporate Education Reform Industry rather than with Connecticut’s students, parents, teachers, public schools and taxpayers. The most recent indicator of the warped approach being taken by Connecticut’s “political […] [Read More]
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Phthalates potentially alter levels of a pregnancy hormone that influences sex development

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Source: UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH SCHOOLS OF THE HEALTH SCIENCES Exposure to hormone-altering chemicals called phthalates – which are found in many plastics, foods and personal care products – early in pregnancy is associated with a disruption in an essential pregnancy hormone and adversely affects the masculinization of male genitals in the baby, according to research […] [Read More]
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The Connecticut Wage Theft Crisis

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Source: Unidad Latina en Accion Workers rallied at the Connecticut Legislative Office Building today to release a new report and testify on the failure of Connecticut laws to protect workers from wage theft. Every year, Connecticut workers lose millions of dollars in unpaid wages. Law-abiding businesses, tax payers and working families pay a high cost […] [Read More]
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Latest Health Research

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The numbers are in: As many as 2 in 3 smokers will die from their habit Jonathan Kantrowitz at Health News Report – 2 days ago A large Australian study of more than 200,000 people has provided independent confirmation that up to two in every three smokers will die from their habit if they continue […] [Read More]
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