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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Youths Must Be Trained For High-Tech Jobs

The Hartford Courant – Bruce Dixon

“The Obama administration has emphasized the critical need to prepare American students for future job opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math — or STEM. The president is right to make STEM a national priority. Yet he must be careful to also back critical efforts by industry to develop the next generation of high-tech workers. Our leaders must not only support STEM education, but those who create jobs and drive growth in a technology-based economy. Even as the economy is still recovering, workers with a background in STEM subjects are in high demand. Between 2000 and 2010, high-tech jobs grew three times faster than opportunities in other fields. There are now 2.8 STEM jobs for every unemployed person in Connecticut, and by 2018, the state will have an astonishing 116,000 positions to fill.”(more)

Friday, January 23, 2015

Connecticut’s Brain Drain: Are some students being left behind?

Minuteman News Center – State Sen. Toni Boucher

“…I believe that the time has come to balance the scales and urgently provide services to another vulnerable student group, our academically and intellectually advanced children. The fact that their needs are often left unmet, even in the best of Connecticut’s school districts, but especially in our economically distressed districts, has not been part of the education conversation. There are many children in these districts who are not recognized for their strengths and abilities, and are not reaching their full potential…Our culture celebrates and funds the physically gifted. Participants in a globally competitive economy need to acknowledge and support their academically gifted as well. The challenging technological, financial and social problems of tomorrow will be solved by those who are encouraged to strive for excellence…”(more)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Two Years Later, Still Learning From Sandy Hook

NPR – Jeff Cohen

“It’s been two years since a gunman killed his mother at home and then opened fire at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, killing 20 first-graders, six educators and himself. People in Connecticut are still hashing out just how parents and educators should handle children like Adam Lanza.”(more)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

After Newtown massacre, mother urges compassion in schools

The Seattle Times – Claudia Rowe

“Scarlett Lewis’s 6-year-old son, Jesse, was among the 20 children murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. On Tuesday, the 46-year-old single mother spoke to Education Lab about her journey from despair to forgiveness for shooter Adam Lanza, and the surprising power she discovered through practicing compassion.” (more)

Friday, June 27, 2014

Conn. Governor Pledges $15 Million to Support Common-Core Implementation

Education Week – Madeline Will

“Gov. Dannel Malloy made a show of his commitment to the common core in Connecticut on Thursday with a pledge to put an additional $15 million into rolling out the educational standards. The money will go towards implementing recommendations by a task force of educators and parents on how best to transition to the new standards…” (more)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Conn. Task Force Recommends Mental Health Care Improvements

Education Week – AP

“Connecticut’s system for treating children and young adults with psychiatric issues is inadequate for addressing what has become “a substantial public mental health burden in the state,” according to a task force that released wide-ranging recommendations Tuesday on how the state can improve services. The 20-member task force, created last year after the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, released 47 proposals…” (more)

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Closing educational gap starts early

The Day – Staff Writer

“The evidence is clear and accepted that Connecticut has one of the largest educational achievement gaps in the nation. For many years, lower income and minority students have scored considerably lower on standardized tests than have their white, wealthier peers.”(more)

Monday, December 30, 2013

We Must Be Serious About Investing in Education for Our Children

The Middletown Press – Jennifer Alexander

“When it comes to education, all of Connecticut’s children are counting on us to give them the tools they need to succeed.”(more)

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Newtown Remembers Victims with 26 Bell Tolls

Time – Courtney Subramanian

“Bells rang out 26 times in Newtown, Conn. Saturday, in remembrance of the number of lives that were taken a year ago in one of the nation’s deadliest school shootings.”(more)

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Music, art help heal families torn by Newtown school massacre

Reuters – Barbara Goldberg and Ellen Wulfhorst

“For some Newtown residents, the arts have provided a way to go on with their lives after the death of their loved ones when a young gunman killed 20 children and six adults at the school on Dec. 14, 2012.”(more)