Advocate adds new education column

Last Sunday, The Advocate launched a new education column, which will appear in print an online every other Sunday. The column, which will focus on state and national issues in education is written by Wendy Lecker.

Her first column tackled the topic of No Child Left Behind Waivers, urging the state to “look before they leap” and further investigate the possible effects of applying for a waiver.

“I think the next one or two columns will probably be on aspects of the waivers,” Lecker said Thursday afternoon as she discussed her plans for the column in the future. “Then there might be something about [Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding], and I assume there will be legislative issues coming up so I think I’ll sort of take it as it comes.”

Lecker is no stranger to education in the city of Stamford. Here’s how the column was introduced in an editor’s note in last Sunday’s paper:

Editor’s note: This is the first of a new column in which Stamford resident Wendy Lecker will address state and national education issues. Her education policy credentials, in addition to those mentioned below, include working for the national Rural Schools and Community Trust, and Connecticut Voices for Children, where she investigated resource disparity among Connecticut public schools. The column will appear in this space every other week.

In addition, Lecker is a past president of Stamford’s Parent Teacher Council, and was a staff attorney at the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, plaintiffs in a school funding lawsuit in New York.

Once more of Lecker’s columns are up, you’ll be able to view her whole archive at:

Her columns will also run in other Hearst Connecticut newspapers, including Greenwich Time, Connecticut Post and Danbury News Times.

Maggie Gordon