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Family Fun Under the Connecticut Sun 2018

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Family Fun Under the Connecticut Sun 2018

By Tribuna Staff

Warmer weather and brighter, longer days provide the perfect opportunity for getting out and experiencing all the new events and activities around the state. Unwind with a relaxing outing and savor the tranquility of the season or step it up with some spectacular summer adventures. Here’s a list of spots across the state to bound…

Financial Aid for ‘Dreamers’ Becomes a Reality in Connecticut

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Financial Aid for ‘Dreamers’ Becomes a Reality in Connecticut

By Jacqueline Rabe Thomas and Clarice Silber | April 25, 2018

The Connecticut House of Representatives gave final passage to legislation that opens financial aid in the state to “dreamers,” the undocumented immigrants brought here as children, only to find themselves priced out of higher education as they come of age. The legislation, passed in a 91-59 vote, makes undocumented immigrants eligible to apply for help…

CT’s Performance on “Nation’s Report Card” Doesn’t Budge

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CT’s Performance on “Nation’s Report Card” Doesn’t Budge

By Jacqueline Rabe Thomas and Jake Kara | CTMirror.org

Connecticut’s performance this year on the so-called “Nation’s Report Card,” the country’s most comprehensive assessment of what students know, was remarkably the same as it was the last time the test was given two years ago. The average student’s performance and the gaping gaps in achievement between different groups of students were largely unchanged. This…

Facebook’s Reach and Your Privacy

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Facebook’s Reach and Your Privacy

By Catherine Blinder

Recently, it was discovered that the private information of 50 million Facebook users was compromised – we don’t know exactly what that means, but we can be assured that at the very least, it means that a lot of personal information is no longer personal. But was our personal information ever personal? Facebook has become…

Fiscal Panel’s Formula for Revitalizing CT Provokes Democratic Resistance

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Fiscal Panel’s Formula for Revitalizing CT Provokes Democratic Resistance

By Keith M. Phaneuf | CTMIRROR.org

Progressive Democrats in the General Assembly pushed back on March 23 against the state’s new fiscal stability panel, charging its recommendations shortchange key priorities, like poor cities, education and social services. Meanwhile, the leaders of the Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth conceded they were limited by severe time constraints. But co-chairs Robert Patricelli…

CT Dreamers One Step Closer To Equal Access To Institutional Aid For Higher Education

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CT Dreamers One Step Closer To Equal Access To Institutional Aid For Higher Education

By Emanuela Palmares | Photo by George Lee

On March 15, two dozen students gathered in the atrium of the legislative office building in Hartford, each with a sign spelling out “Our Dreams Can’t Wait.” After marching around the atrium in unison, the students gathered and marched together to the office of the Speaker of the House Aresimowicz. Once there, currently undocumented college…

Trump Asks Murphy to Help Draft ‘Comprehensive’ Gun Bill

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Trump Asks Murphy to Help Draft ‘Comprehensive’ Gun Bill

By Ana Radelat / CTmirror.org

Washington – President Donald Trump on Feb. 28 said he wanted Sen. Chris Murphy to join three Senate colleagues – John Cornyn, R-Texas; Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.; and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., in drafting a “comprehensive” gun bill that is “very powerful” on expansion of the FBI background check system for gun buyers.  “We are determined to…

Emergency Department Visits Related to Flu the Highest in CT Since 2009

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Emergency Department Visits Related to Flu the Highest in CT Since 2009

By Tribuna Staff

The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) announced that this year’s flu virus has thus far been particularly severe among people aged 65 and older, with that age group accounting for 70 percent of all patients who have been hospitalized with influenza. In addition, the DPH reported a steep increase in the number of Connecticut…

Danbury Conference Highlights Issues of Poverty, Stress on Local Children

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Danbury Conference Highlights Issues of Poverty, Stress on Local Children

By Ryan V. Stewart

On January 23, the Danbury’s Promise for Children Partnership (DPCP), in cooperation with the United Way of Western Connecticut (UWWC), hosted an event focusing on the effects of familial financial hardship, and associated stress, on the health and development of young children. Titled “Community Report Out,” the conference was held in the Community Room of…

Supreme Court Rules Education in Poor Communities Meets Constitutional Standard

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Supreme Court Rules Education in Poor Communities Meets Constitutional Standard

By Jacqueline Rabe Thomas | CTMirror.org

The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled on January 17 that the state is providing students in Connecticut’s most impoverished school districts with the minimally adequate education the state constitution mandates.  The 4-3 decision probably draws to a close a 12-year legal saga in which a group of mayors, teachers, school board members and parents teamed up to sue the state,…

Top State Education Officials Say There Is Nowhere Left to Cut

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Top State Education Officials Say There Is Nowhere Left to Cut

By Jacqueline Rabe Thomas 

After being asked by the governor’s budget office to recommend places to cut state education spending, Connecticut’s top school officials have decided reductions are not possible.  “We respectfully stated that we are unable to reduce further,” Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell told the State Board of Education, which then unanimously approved responding that cuts are not possible.  The education…

Legislature Headed for a Holiday Session to Fix Social Services Program

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Legislature Headed for a Holiday Session to Fix Social Services Program

By Keith M. Phaneuf | December 14, 2017

With partisan feuding providing the final push on December 14, the state legislature now will come into session between Christmas and New Year’s Day to reverse an unpopular cut to a social services program for poor seniors and the disabled. The Senate Democratic Caucus submitted the final signatures needed Thursday to force a special session…

Senate Approves Sweeping Tax Overhaul Despite CT Dem Opposition

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Senate Approves Sweeping Tax Overhaul Despite CT Dem Opposition

By Ana Radelat | ctmirror.org

On December 2, the Senate passed a sweeping overhaul of the federal tax code that would end the deductibility of state income taxes and eliminate other popular tax breaks while lowering tax rates for individuals and corporations. With Vice President Mike Pence presiding over the Senate, the bill was approved on a 51-49 largely party…

Special Report: Be a Kid Hero

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Special Report: Be a Kid Hero

By Daniel Trock

A recently published study revealed that the U.S. foster care system is showing a worrying disconnect between the number of youths in the system and the number of available homes. In some areas of the foster care system, Connecticut has experienced improvements, but the need for more foster homes continues to be a problem.  The…

Malloy Rejects Hospital Tax Plan But Signs Most of CT Budget Into Law

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Malloy Rejects Hospital Tax Plan But Signs Most of CT Budget Into Law

By Keith M. Phaneuf and Mark Pazniokas | CTMirror.org

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy used his line-item veto to reject a new taxing arrangement on hospitals, but signed into law the bulk of a new, two-year state budget negotiated without direct input from his administration. The governor signed a $41.3 billion, biennial plan that closes major projected deficits while boosting taxes close to $500 million…