by Melissa Bailey | Mar 7, 2014 5:04 pm
Jeremiah Davila already finds himself staying after school every day. If he’s lucky, he may soon get paid to do so.
by Melissa Bailey | Mar 6, 2014 8:00 am | Comments (13)
Second in a series.
John Donahue’s Honors English 4 was on a roll, tackling “Waiting for Icarus” by Muriel Rukeyser and other college-level poems. Then the class had to stop and switch to a strictly scripted version of Gateway Community College’s remedial English class.
When the new syllabus took effect, the class’s collective heart sank. The thought-provoking poems were replaced by “tedious” basics.
by Melissa Bailey | Mar 4, 2014 3:32 pm | Comments (26)
Andy Wight gathered high school seniors into a circle and unveiled the title of their new textbook: “PreAlgebra” by Elayn Martin-Gay.
“I took prealgebra in middle school,” groaned one student.
by Melissa Bailey | Mar 3, 2014 1:21 pm | Comments (2)
New Haven’s first female mayor told her story on one school stage—and a young understudy portrayed the same historic part on a second school stage across town.
by Allan Appel | Feb 28, 2014 4:33 pm | Comments (2)
During the mayoral campaign Natalie Maynard watched the news every day, kept a scrapbook as if of a rock star, and became one of candidate Toni Harp’s biggest fans.
When the second-grader joined the staff of New Haven’s newest newspaper, The East Rock Record, as a reporter she still had some tough questions for the city’s new chief exec. Like: Why can’t the school day go as long as her parents’ working day?
by Allan Appel | Feb 28, 2014 11:19 am
Next time you drop by the Shubert, you might see Faith and Fashion duking it out.
This time it’s not on the stage but the lobby walls.
by Melissa Bailey | Feb 26, 2014 12:03 pm | Comments (19)
Twenty teachers lost their jobs in the latest round of job evaluations, as the schools began pushing out not just the lowest-performing teachers, but those who failed to improve to “effective” over three years.
by Melissa Bailey | Feb 25, 2014 8:15 am | Comments (9)
The school board voted to ask for an extra $5.3 million in city taxpayer money to keep the schools running next year—and prepared to make cuts if that money doesn’t come through.
by Melissa Bailey | Feb 21, 2014 11:00 am | Comments (8)
Modern-day school reformers are focusing too much on standardized tests and too little on kids’ hearts and minds, a legendary Yale child psychologist said as he prepares to advise the president.
by Melissa Bailey | Feb 19, 2014 7:50 am | Comments (15)
Mandy Bonz juggles 27 English-language learners in her 1st-grade classroom. As part of a new emphasis on early literacy, Superintendent Garth Harries suggested making classes like hers smaller—and expanding the size of under-enrolled classes in middle and high school.