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Teacher Evaluations At The Heart Of Education Reform Are Flawed

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This week, two new studies have reported on significant flaws at the heart of teacher evaluations: standardized tests don’t really measure teacher’s value added, and classroom observations are often biased. Here’s a summary of the first report: “There are very weak associations of content alignment with student achievement gains and no associations with the composite […] [Read More]
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Thousands Sent to Emergency Room by Preventable Pool Chemical Injuries

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Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Injuries from pool chemicals led to nearly 5,000 emergency room visits in 2012, according to a study released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly half of these preventable injuries were in children and teenagers and more than a third occurred at a home. Pool […] [Read More]
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E-cigarettes expose people to more than harmless vapor, should be regulated

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Source: University of California – San Francisco In a major scientific review of research on e-cigarettes, UC San Francisco scientists found that industry claims about the devices are unsupported by the evidence to date, including claims that e-cigarettes help smokers quit. The review marks the first comprehensive assessment of peer-reviewed published research into the relatively […] [Read More]
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E-cigarettes and mental health

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Source: University of California – San Diego Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that people living with depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions are twice as likely to have tried e-cigarettes and three times as likely to be current users of the controversial battery-powered nicotine-delivery devices, as people without […] [Read More]
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States opting out of Medicaid leave 1.1 million community health center patients without health insurance

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Source: George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services 24 states that have rejected the Medicaid expansion. 71 percent of those left out of Medicaid expansion live in southern states. An estimated 1.1 million community health center patients are left without the benefits of health coverage simply because they live in one of […] [Read More]
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Highway Tools

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I commute on I-95 from Fairfield to Stratford and back 6 days a week. Here’s what I have seen more than once in the last few weeks: 1. Buses, trucks and trailers in the left lane. The buses and trucks have become much more aggressive in pulling around slower moving traffic for short runs. The […] [Read More]
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CT 12th Graders Make Progress on National Test

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National average scores from the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) did not change from 2009. Among the 11 volunteer pilot states that participated in both the 2009 and 2013 assessments, Connecticut was one of only 4 that made gains from 2009 in mathematics and one of only 2 that made gains in reading. […] [Read More]
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Climate Change Threatens to Worsen U.S. Ozone Pollution

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Source : National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Ozone pollution across the continental United States will become far more difficult to keep in check as temperatures rise, according to new research led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). The detailed study shows that Americans face the risk of a 70 percent increase in […] [Read More]
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