Connecticut · School Talk

Seats Sit Empty While Black and Brown Students Are Turned Away

Children in the state of Connecticut are being denied access to schools that have plenty of room for them because of the color of their skin. Yup, that’s right. Available seats in the magnet schools of Hartford—and beyond— sit empty despite long waitlists for admission. And this denial of opportunity is happening in the name… Continue reading Seats Sit Empty While Black and Brown Students Are Turned Away

Connecticut · School Talk

She Manages to Spread Joy While She Fights For Families

“At the end of the day, we have to do better for children.” – Gwen Samuel There is a warrior for children in Connecticut who battles day after day, year after year, on their behalf. She fights for better schools. She fights for safer schools. She fights for parents to have options when it comes… Continue reading She Manages to Spread Joy While She Fights For Families

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When Friends Say it Best: Black Voices on How the NAACP Has Lost its Way

I have the absolute privilege of working alongside some incredibly smart and brave people, people willing to stand up to the power players and put themselves out there because they believe it will help kids and help families. While they don’t all come down on the same side of every issue, they push my thinking… Continue reading When Friends Say it Best: Black Voices on How the NAACP Has Lost its Way

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Warrior Mom, Gwen Samuel: No Gray Area When It Comes to Keeping Our Babies Safe in School

Gwen Samuel is an unapologetic advocate for children whose work started in Hartford, Connecticut and whose commitment to empowering parents to work for justice is unwavering. While many doubt the ability of regular folks to bring about change, Gwen proves it is possible and she has inspired countless parents and lawmakers along the way —including me.… Continue reading Warrior Mom, Gwen Samuel: No Gray Area When It Comes to Keeping Our Babies Safe in School

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Connecticut Board of Ed Confirms: It’s Inappropriate To Label Students with Stickers

Back in December, I wrote about the terrible judgement of an elementary school principal in Hartford. It’s not surprising that parents and education advocates have reacted with disbelief at the decision by the now former assistant superintendent to place color coded stickers on the backs of certain SAND Elementary students. Chris Hempel, second in charge… Continue reading Connecticut Board of Ed Confirms: It’s Inappropriate To Label Students with Stickers

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No, Leaving The Smarter Balanced Testing Consortium Would Not Save Connecticut Money

I hate to break it to everyone, but John Bestor is wrong. Leaving the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) isn’t likely to save Connecticut money — far from it. In his recent Op-Ed for CT Viewpoints Bestor, a former school psychologist and anti-reform activist, makes the extraordinary claim that Connecticut could save money by designing… Continue reading No, Leaving The Smarter Balanced Testing Consortium Would Not Save Connecticut Money