Parents, Teachers Blast School Closures

by Staff | May 23, 2018 7:51 am | Comments (15)

At a school finance meeting on Monday, Board of Education members asked Superintendent Carol Birks to consider closing six elementary schools across the city, after alders look ready to flat-line next year’s funding. Parents and teachers from NHPS Advocates responded in a statement, asking the board to explain the decision and maintain magnet schools.

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Can Moguls Save Newspapers?

by Dan Kennedy | May 21, 2018 8:54 am | Comments (3)

Neena Satija PhotoAuthor Dan Kennedy will talk about the future of the news — and his new book Return of the Moguls: How Jeff Bezos and John Henry Are Remaking Newspapers for the Twenty-First Century — with Independent Editor Paul Bass at an event at the Book Trader Cafe, 1140 Chapel St., Wednesday, May 23, at 6:30 p.m. An essay from Dan follows.

Communities can’t thrive without strong, independent journalism.

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Require The Teaching Of Holocaust And Genocide Studies

by Joe Ganim | Apr 19, 2018 8:49 pm | Comments (1)

(Opinion) In August of 1939, just a week before launching an all-out invasion of Poland, Adolf Hitler reiterated his orders to Nazi military commanders to “send to the death mercilessly and without compassion men, women, and children of Polish derivation and language.”  It would be the start of the most brutal slaughter of innocent civilians the world had ever seen.

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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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