Court orders CT to do the right thing by her students

The State Superior Court on Wednesday ordered an overhaul of the way Connecticut educates its children in public schools. Saying the state is “defaulting on its constitutional duty,” Judge Thomas Moukawsher┬áruled in the 11-year old case that the state’s method of doling out money to school systems around the state┬áis patently gamed to favor wealthier …

We need research into gun violence

For all the rhetoric that has been flying back and forth in the last few days, we are mostly just guessing about what are the best solutions to gun violence, because research dried up for it (thanks, NRA!) 20 years ago. We need research, now. I wrote this, Ignorance Is Killing Us, for Conn. Health …

Giving money to schools so rich they don’t need it

This just in (well, it was yesterday, but you get my meaning): The way Connecticut school funding works, no district can receive less money than they received the year before. How that plays out, though, is that some of Connecticut’s wealthier districts (and oh yes, we have those) with fewer high-need students get more state …

Homelessness and your U.S. representative

Later this week, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on funding for next year’s HUD programs, including homeless assistance grants. The the current level, the bill includes $2 billion, which would maintain the existing level of funding, but wouldn’t be sufficient to continue what is called Continuum of Care renewals. That means at least …