by Christopher Peak | Nov 20, 2018 10:32 am | Comments (7)
A watchdog group sent in questions about five school contracts worth $345,000 to a Board of Education committee. The committee didn’t pose any of the questions before advancing the contracts for approval.
After the meeting, we were able to get some (not all) of the answers.
Continue reading ‘Want A Contract? No Questions Asked’
by Christopher Peak | Nov 16, 2018 1:13 pm | Comments (9)
Across Connecticut, teachers are stumped by math. Their lessons just don’t seem to be getting through, leaving more than half of all elementary-school students behind grade level.
One fifth-grade teacher in New Haven has hit on a formula that might show the rest of Connecticut how to solve the problem.
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by Christopher Peak | Nov 14, 2018 7:56 am | Comments (4)
The Board of Education plans to tell state officials that it’s on board with extending Elm City Montessori School’s charter for another five years. But it will also send the state a message that it could use more financial support to keep the school open.
Continue reading ‘In 5-1 Vote, Ed Board Backs Montessori Expansion’
by Christopher Peak | Nov 13, 2018 8:01 am | Comments (25)
School board members recommended paying consultants over $15,000 to facilitate their next Board of Education retreat — right before another consultant reported that the district is still facing an $8.89 million deficit this fiscal year.
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by Christopher Peak | Nov 9, 2018 7:34 am | Comments (16)
A high-school teacher threw a pencil-sized stick of wood across a classroom, hitting a talkative student’s hand.
A fireable offense?
Superintendent Carol Birks thought so. The Board of Education disagreed.
Continue reading ‘Board Saves Teacher From Termination’
by Jake Dressler | Nov 8, 2018 3:50 pm
Barnard School and Clemente Academy brought their A-games to Bowen Field Wednesday afternoon to fight it out for the citywide middle school football championship.
Continue reading ‘Barnard Wins City Championship’
by Molly Montgomery | Nov 8, 2018 12:10 pm | Comments (2)
The midterm elections left debate team members at Achievement First Amistad High School cold – and questioning their party allegiances.
Continue reading ‘“He’s Playing Both Sides ... Not Doing A Good Job At Either”’
by Christopher Peak | Nov 6, 2018 7:39 am | Comments (1)
Alanda Canty fessed up that her class at Elm City Montessori School had accidentally broken some school supplies, but she hoped the Board of Education wouldn’t hold that against them in an upcoming vote to keep their charter school open.
Continue reading ‘Elm City Montessori Makes Its Pitch’
by Christopher Peak | Oct 31, 2018 1:45 pm | Comments (4)
Tracey Oberg applied a mint-flavored fluoride to the surface of 9-year-old Nashelley’s chompers, strengthening the hard enamel against the sticky layer of bacteria that causes tooth decay. She then swabbed a plastic protective sealant over the back molars. Nashelley said it tasted “kinda spicy.” Oberg sent the fourth-grader back to class in less than 20 minutes.
Compare that to average dental visit, which causes students to miss an estimated two hours of class.
Continue reading ‘The Dentist Comes To School’
by Christopher Peak | Oct 25, 2018 3:50 pm | Comments (7)
As Elm City Montessori faces an up-or-down vote on its continued existence next month, a tour of the school appears to have won over skeptics on the New Haven Board of Education.
Continue reading ‘Montessori Charter Quashes Doubts’