A decade ago, Richard Cowes quit his high-paying job in the insurance industry to go into education. He started off teaching as a substitute, earning $50 a day, just to see what the profession would be like. After he completed an alternative certification program, New Haven hired him to teach math classes.
The John C. Daniels Inderdistrict Magnet School library has become a “ghost town.” The science fair, the school play, the book fair, and the student-made school bulletin are in jeaprody. The website is not being updated. Setting up and linking the teachers’ computers have also become difficult.
Meanwhile, the school’s longtime library media specialist, Patricia McGovern, the person who knows where to find the light switch in the auditorium and every room key, has been cut from full to half time. That has meant a loss of institutional memory in a school that has seen changing leadership over the last years.
After 27 months of bargaining with Yale University, the university’s police force is still without a contract. Both the university and the cops’ union president say progress has been made but a proposed change to retiree health care benefits could blow up the process by the end of the week.
A recent revelation that a now-ex-city employee allegedly ran up an unauthorized $11,000 tab on a city credit card has caused two alders to request a public hearing to probe deeper into which other employees have access to government-issued cards, what they’re using them for and why they have them.
Unemployment in Connecticut is at a post-recession low but many families continue to struggle in the Nutmeg State where wage growth remains low, according to a new report from the New Haven-based Connecticut Voices for Children.