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News Story of the Week

1. State tells 11 towns they must increase education spending

August 31, 2011 | Jacqueline Rabe
Connecticut Mirror


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Officials at the State Department of Education are notifying officials in 11 cities and towns that they are in violation of state law setting minimum spending requirements for education and that they must increase their school appropriations for the current fiscal year."If they don't comply soon then we will have to figure out what the next step is," said Brian Mahoney, the longtime chief financial officer for the SDE.

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2. And The Next Commissioner of Education For CT Is...

August 29, 2011 | Rick Green
Hartford Courant


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Well, I can tell you the number is now down to two finalists, with Gov. Dan Malloy now playing a significant role in selection of the next commissioner of education -- the last major appointment for the governor.

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3. State Agency Says East Windsor Underfunding Board of Education Budget

August 29, 2011 | Larry Smith
Windsor Locks - East Windsor Patch


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East Windsor failed meet to the minimum budget requirements in its 2011-12 board of education spending plan, according to the state Department of Education.

The state agency sent a letter to East Windsor officials last week informing them that the town had underfunded the schools budget by $105,812. If the town doesn’t come up with the extra money, the state could penalize East Windsor by deducting two times that amount, or $211,624, from its 2013-14 education cost sharing funding, the letter says.

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4. State intervenes in Hartford's treatment of students with disabilities

August 26, 2011 | Jacqueline Rabe and Caitlin Emma
Connecticut Mirror


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Concluding that Hartford Public Schools have failed to appropriately serve students with disabilities, the state Department of Education has ordered the city school system to evaluate students more quickly, implement the evaluations when they are completed, and assign staff to better track these students.

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5. Malloy challenges superintendents

August 27, 2011 | Staff
Norwalk Hour


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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has made it clear to the state's superintendents of schools that they have to do a better job, a sentiment with which we agree. He cannot, however, put the full onus on the superintendents without acknowledging the state's shortcomings when it comes to education.

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6. Teachers told they need a passion for work

August 26, 2011 | Jim Moore
Waterbury Republican-American


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Acting Superintendent Cheryl F. Kloczko called on faculty and staff to reflect on their practices and priorities, and to prepare for a year that will see the push for reform continue.

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7. Overhaul of education financing formula likely to wait until 2013

August 25, 2011 | Jacqueline Rabe
Connecticut Mirror


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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has promised to dedicate the 2012 legislative session to education reform, but fixing how the state finances public schools is likely to wait until 2013, the co-chairs of the task force responsible for making recommendations to Malloy said during their first meeting Thursday.

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