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As Labor Leaders Gather on Friday in Hartford, Faculty and Administrators Debate Consolidation of Community Colleges Across Connecticut

In the hopes of improving student outcomes and reducing costs for state taxpayers, Connecticut’s twelve community colleges are expected to be consolidated into a single accredited institution in 2023. “Students First will help improve the success rate of our community college students which is not good at all right now, the lowest in New England… Keep Reading

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Area Schools Show Jump in English Language Learner Enrollment

Between 2015 and 2019 the number of English Language Learners in Westbrook Schools increased from 5.9 to 11.9 percent of the student body. As of October, that’s 89 students spread across grades kindergarten through 12 entering school without fluency in English. “We expected this population to rise, but it appears to have happened sooner than… Keep Reading

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Experts Debate State Approach to School Safety

“Initiating emergency lockdown,” an electronic voice announced from a speaker on the desk phone. A small red button on any phone in all four of the Lyme-Old Lyme school buildings can activate a “critical incident response,” a school safety procedure drilled twice each month.  “The state requires you to do at least one drill each… Keep Reading

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Eligibility for Free & Reduced School Lunch Jumps in Semi-Rural and Suburban Towns Under New Formula

In the last three years, Old Saybrook Public Schools has seen a 11.1 percent increase in students receiving free or reduced school lunch. Putting aside the issue of declining enrollments in the district, 227 students qualified for subsidized lunch in 2018-19, compared to just 100 students in 2015-16. “The reasons for the increase are hard… Keep Reading

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Old Saybrook Board of Education to Phase-in Universal Pre-School

OLD SAYBROOK — The Board of Education voted unanimously to authorize the superintendent to proceed with a phased-in approach to adding universal preschool for 4-year-olds in the Old Saybrook. “We move very deliberately in this district,” said Jan Perruccio, superintendent of Old Saybrook schools. “It is a safe way to pilot this that allows us… Keep Reading

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$26.8 Million to Fund Reorganization, Scholarships in Early Childhood Education

On Thursday, the Office of Early Childhood received a $26.8 million federal grant targeted toward supporting and expanding the workforce by easing the burden of childcare. “How do we support the workforce, that is the essential problem,” said Beth Bye, the commissioner for the Office of Early Childhood. “Childcare and workforce go hand in hand.… Keep Reading

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Department of Education Balances Work and College Prep for Connecticut High School Graduates

In 2017, 70.9 percent of new Connecticut high school graduates enrolled in a college or university, according to the State Department of Education. Nearly 30 percent of Connecticut students joined the workforce with a high school diploma. In a statement this October, the State Department of Education underscored the need to provide public education that… Keep Reading

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Letter: Portland Superintendent Responds to Open Choice Reporting

I recently read the December 12th article published in the CT Examiner entitled, Few Rules, Little Oversight for 11 Million Open Choice Program.  I was astonished by two assertions raised in this article: First, the suggestion that funding used to supplement limited resources that support teaching and learning is a “slush fund” and not subjected to rigorous accounting procedures and… Keep Reading

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More than $3 million on athletic facilities could be spent in Lyme-Old Lyme

LYME – OLD LYME New tennis courts, a pending turf field installation and the coming renovation of the elementary and middle schools are planned for Lyme-Old Lyme schools in the next five years. The needed high school tennis court renovations with bleachers and a windscreen will cost the school district $571,360, according to the latest… Keep Reading

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