by Allan Appel | Aug 17, 2018 12:00 pm | Comments (6)
Born in New Haven to a family who came here from Mexico, Emily Lira took an AP psych course at Co-Op High School and was hooked. A month from now she’ll be majoring in the subject at University of Connecituct on a full-ride scholarship, the first person in her family ever to go to college.
Cameron Treichel remembers a speaker coming to his middle school classroom and telling him if he does well academically, performs community service, and stays out of trouble, he’d be eligible for a scholarship to help send him to college.
He took all that to heart, especially the community service of which he estimates he tallied one thousand hours while a student at the Sound School. Now he’s headed to UConn, buoyed by a generous financial aid package, as he launches on his journey into computer science.
Continue reading ‘New Haven Promise Celebrates 356 New Scholars’
by Christopher Peak | Aug 14, 2018 7:51 am | Comments (23)
With the start of the school year just two weeks ago, nearly three-dozen educators have been temporarily spared from layoffs, while cuts might now fall on others — unknown others.
Continue reading ‘School Layoffs Tabled; Uncertainty Reigns’
by Christopher Peak | Aug 13, 2018 8:00 am | Comments (8)
Superintendent Carol Birks wants two outside hires to take top positions in her administration.
Continue reading ‘Birks Picks Deputy, Assistant Superintendents’
by Christopher Peak | Aug 10, 2018 1:40 pm | Comments (15)
The mayor and the president of the Board of Education appeared with the superintendent of schools Friday to offer public support for her recommendations for cutting her budget.
Continue reading ‘Birks, Ed Board: We’re Cooperating Now’
by Christopher Peak | Aug 10, 2018 8:04 am | Comments (25)
When Kevin Staton first flicked on the lights in the Hillhouse High School library, only five worked; the other 25 stayed unlit. The computers malfunctioned. The chairs wobbled. A brown stain in the ceiling stared back at him.
Continue reading ‘Laid-Off Educator Makes A Final Request’
by Christopher Peak | Aug 7, 2018 3:19 pm | Comments (24)
A statewide professional association is calling into question a claim that New Haven schools will have enough school counselors after the latest wave of layoffs.
Continue reading ‘School Counselor Cuts Questioned’
by Markeshia Ricks | Jul 31, 2018 8:09 am | Comments (2)
New Haven will feed thousands of children meals this summer. It may be harder to do that next summer, thanks to potential changes to the federal funding that helps pay for the food.
Continue reading ‘Summer Meals Program Thrives — For Now’
by Cameo Thorne | Jul 27, 2018 4:34 pm | Comments (19)
(Opinion)This week, Superintendent Carol Birks announced the layoffs of three dozen certified educators, which the Board of Education still needs to approve. Cameo Thorne, a one-time Teacher of the Year who now works to implement restorative practices throughout the district, submitted this opinion piece on the go-to arguments about the trade-offs between higher taxes on our properties and more teachers in our schools.
Continue reading ‘False Choice: Taxes vs. Teachers’
by Christopher Peak | Jul 24, 2018 8:16 am | Comments (13)
No chief of staff. No general counsel. No labor relations director.
All of those positions have been removed from the organizational chart that Superintendent Carol Birks presented to the Board of Education for approval at its Monday night meeting at Celentano School.
Continue reading ‘Birks Fields Her Team’
by Brian Slattery | Jul 23, 2018 12:14 pm
A girl is angry about feeling socially left out and is talking about it with a more popular friend who, she suspects, sympathizes more than she lets on. “Isn’t it weird being weird? Maybe we could be weird together. Wait, that came out weird,” the girl says.
A boy is annoyed at having to take more responsibility than his younger brother. He feels like he’s being too much to do, forced to grow up a little too fast. “If you told me this was the price of middle school, I would have stayed in the fourth grade,” the boy says.
A girl wants to go to a friend’s Christmas party and knows she isn’t being invited because the friend is embarrassed by the girl’s poverty. She’s not letting her friend off the hook. “Why can’t I come?” the girl asks, an edge in her voice.
Continue reading ‘Theater Offers A Map Through Middle School’