Author Archives: Robert Cotto Jr.

Connecticut Schools Excelling without Testing?

When it comes to standardized testing, there are a number of stories we can tell. One of the dominant stories about education goes something like this: ‘Kids must take standardized tests every year or else we can’t hold adult accountable … Continue reading

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Charter School Renewal in CT: The Accountability Is Flexible

Over the next few months, the public and Legislature will debate whether charter schools in Connecticut are sufficiently regulated or not. The State Department of Education and Board of Education will also decide whether or not to renew six (6) … Continue reading

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“Mix It Up” at Lunch Day at Mary Hooker School

“How would it be if there were no rules?,” one female student asked at the lunch table. A male student cautiously responded with, “crazy;” and another yelled, “awesome!” For “Mix It Up” at Lunch Day two weeks ago on October … Continue reading

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Visualizing Diversity in Connecticut School Choice Programs

Today Elizabeth Horton Sheff and Jim Boucher wrote an op-ed entitled, “State Must Do More to Ensure Education Equity” in the CT Mirror. They recommend interdistrict magnet schools and Open Choice as the main school choice programs that the state … Continue reading

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Revisiting Connecticut Charter School Enrollment

Last June, the Connecticut State Board of Education approved increases in enrollment at new and existing charter schools – from 7,132 students in 2013-14 to 8,183 students in 2014-15, a proposed increase of 1,051 students. But the final enrollment numbers … Continue reading

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