Month: May 2018

Connecticut approves 1st African-American chief justice

By SUSAN HAIGH, ASSOCIATED PRESS In a historic vote, Connecticut lawmakers unanimously confirmed Associate Justice Richard Robinson as the next chief justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court. He becomes the first African-American to hold the judicial branch’s top job. The Senate on Thursday voted 36-0 in favor of Robinson’s nomination, with one top Republican lauding him as “a man of the people” who has remained grounded while having a “stellar career” as an attorney, superior court judge, and associate justice. The House of Representatives unanimously approved Robinson’s nomination on Monday. Robinson, 60, was Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s second chief justice nominee...

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Punishment & Racial Bias In Schools: One mom’s story of fighting for her son’s rights and education

Kia Levey Burden has an important story to tell about fighting for her son’s needs at school. Professionally, Kia has spent her career advocating for children and families facing barriers created by institutional bias and racism. She is a professor of Social Work at Southern Connecticut State University, works with the Center for Children’s Advocacy, is an Equity Fellow at the Graustein Memorial Fund and is President of Launch Consulting. None of her degrees or extensive work experience fully prepared her to deal with the patterns of unjust, racially biased treatment and suspensions of her young black son, Seth....

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