Welcome To A Mess, Superintendent Birks

by Liam Brennan | Mar 15, 2018 12:13 pm | Comments (11)

Christopher Peak PhotosLiam Brennan is the father of two current and two future NHPS students.

(Opinion) March roars into New Haven bringing not only spring but a new superintendent. Carol Birks, the victor of the Board of Education’s controversial hiring-by-fire process, faces an uphill battle as she takes the reins of Elm City public schools this coming Monday. City and state officials have bequeathed to her a system afflicted with deep challenges and left parents wondering whether she is a remedy to — or just a product of — a negligent government.

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After Parkland: Abraham And Child Sacrifice In The 21st Century

by John A. Cirello | Feb 27, 2018 1:11 pm | Comments (4)

This past Sunday at church we heard the story of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, to show his devotion and belief in God.

As Bible stories go, this is one that really stretches the bounds of our imagination. To understand the story of Abraham and Isaac, you must believe several things: First, that God spoke to Abraham; second, that Abraham understood it was God who was speaking to him, and; third, that Abraham was such a devout believer in God that he would not question an order to kill his son.

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Rebooted, The Dream Lives On

by Paul Bass | Feb 22, 2018 3:07 pm

Angel Valentin PhotoMiami — Fake news and comment-thread sewers don’t scare Jimmy Wales.

Wales, the man who who conquered the World Wide Web 1.0 with a vision of citizen-powered information called Wikipedia, is back with an updated plan to protect us from from threats to a vital press, without giving up the democratic dream.

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A Call To Rise

by Crystal R. Emery | Feb 21, 2018 8:20 am | Comments (2)

I am a bonafied, ride or die, New Havener.  I grew up on the energy of the ‘60s during the Civil Rights Movement, the advent of the flower child, busing integration, and Black Panthers.  Seeing the fierce independence and indomitable nature of the human spirit during this era birthed my vision for what America could be and the hope for what America stands for. 

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Highsmith: No Deal For #2

by Gary Highsmith | Nov 20, 2017 9:00 am | Comments (16)

Christopher Peak Photo(Opinion) The following article was written by one of the three finalists for the position of New Haven superintendent of schools.

The New Haven Board of Education is about to hire a superintendent of schools, a decision that will directly impact the lives of more than 20,000 students.  The wrong decision could have long lasting negative consequences for the students, staff, parents and community that could take years to undo.

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Student Rep: School Board Should Reconsider

by Jacob Spell | Nov 17, 2017 1:11 pm | Comments (18)

Christopher Peak Photo(Opinion) Jacob Spell, a senior at Creed High School and one of the Board of Education’s two non-voting student representatives, submitted the following opinion article about student opinion of the superintendent search:

The New Haven Board of Education has a tough decision to make, as the final candidates for the superintendent position all have unique qualities and experiences. However, in the face of a tough decision, it is crucial that we make the right one for our students. Dr. Carol Birks is one of these finalists, and I have tremendous respect for her as an educator. While the majority of the board has unofficially backed her as our next superintendent, I do not believe that Dr. Birks is the best fit for our school system. By listening to the students and playing a role in the interview process, I strongly recommend that the board reconsiders its position.

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