How will your child react to longer school days? This is an issue Connecticut residents may soon have to discuss with their children.
According to the Dec 3 press release, starting in 2013, participating Connecticut schools ”will add at least 300 hours of learning time to the academic calendar.”
Federal funding and local budgets will be used to help fund the extend school hours
According to NBC Connecticut, ” Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy is hailing it as a natural outgrowth of an education reform law the state passed in May that included about $100 million in new funding, much of it to help the neediest schools”
Academic performance has been slipping in the United States over the past decade. Officials hope that by introducing students to longer school hours it will help them compete with other nations who have a stronger academic focus.
Recently, I posted a story about the possibility of illegal immigrants voting in Connecticut.
The story came on the one-year anniversary of New Haven Mayor John DeStefano saying he believes illegal immigrants should be granted suffrage for local elections.
Many of you shared your thoughts on the issue, which has led to an update on the story. Following the mayor’s statement in 2011, WTNH reported on the story and gathered information from Connecticut residents about how they felt about illegal immigrants voting.
The video presents the ideas of some Connecticut residents from one year ago. As Connecticut residents and as United States citizens, have your thoughts changed on the matter? Have they stayed the same?
You decide. Let us know what you think.
As America looms over the fiscal cliff, Connecticut is making moves to balance its budget.
On Nov. 28, Gov. Dannel Malloy ordered $170 million in budget cuts across the state.
The governor hopes to reduce the state’s $365 million budget deficit and make a step towards reducing next year’s $1.2 billion dollar deficit. Connecticut’s fiscal year begins on July 1, and Gov. Malloy hopes these cuts, partnered with revenue from the Christmas season, will help bring the state’s budget closer to equilibrium.
Gov. Malloy’s announcement added $123 million in new cuts, while $47 million were already planned into the state’s budget.
More than 275 programs are affected by the budget cuts, and the chart below shows the programs and agencies with the biggest cuts to their budgets.
In 2011, Connecticut and the state workers’ union reached a deal ensuring four years without state layoffs. The governor’s office said the deal remains intact despite the cuts.