Changes to State Laws for English Language Learners on Front Burner

English Language Learners (ELLs) are a fast-growing segment of Connecticut’s public school population, yet state laws prevent these students from receiving the instruction and support they need to be successful in their new country. That was the perspective advanced at a forum sponsored by the state’s Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission (LPRAC) held at…

Standardized Tests and the Future of No Child Left Behind

The debate over mandated standardized testing took center stage today as the Republican-controlled 114th Congress gets ready to make its mark on education policy. At issue is the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and whether the nation’s education law should include a requirement that states annually test their students. ESEA reauthorization…

Wallingford Educator Brings Experience in China Back to His Classroom

How can educators infuse global competency in daily lessons? Wallingford teacher Chris Stone, one of only five recipients nation-wide of the Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence, participated in a year-long NEA Foundation fellowship program focused on just that. The fellowship program, which included a trip to China, Stone described as, “the most meaningful professional…