Gov. Malloy proposes new ‘young adult’ status in juvenile justice system

Targeting offenders between the ages of 18 to 21, Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is proposing legislation that aims to be proactive in preventing youths from becoming career criminals into adulthood, according to a press release. The bill was introduced in the wake of recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions and incorporates suggestions submitted by prosecutors,…

Column: A game plan for the bipartisan education reform coalition

I’m an education reformer, and Betsy DeVos is going to kill our coalition. Here’s a game plan. At her Senate confirmation hearing this week, Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. education secretary Betsy DeVos failed to answer basic questions about civil rights, measuring student growth, and children with disabilities. Her answers also validated what left-leaning education…

2017 Future of Wealth Summit: ‘Technology, Inclusion and Social Change’

The Center for Global Policy Solutions is bringing together policymakers, tech professionals, advocates, experts and journalists for a discussion on how technological innovation will impact the future for women and people of color. The 2017 summit takes place on April 26-28 at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, D.C. Here is a sample of the…

Trump nominee expected to face questions about advocacy for school vouchers

What we’ll be listening for at the confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, Trump’s education pick Originally posted on Chalkbeat by Philissa Cramer on January 9, 2017 If Sen. Elizabeth Warren keeps her promises, Betsy DeVos is in for a challenging confirmation hearing next week. DeVos, who President-elect Donald Trump has chosen to run the U.S….

Martin Luther King III meets with Trump on MLK Day

President-elect Donald Trump met with Martin Luther King Jr.’s son to discuss the civil rights leader’s legacy. Martin Luther King III said that he had “a very constructive meeting” with the president-elect and touched on how he hopes to be a “bridge-builder” to help the country “become a greater nation” moving forward. He praised the…

Celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King

Connecticut’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission will observe MLK Day beginning with a continental breakfast at 10 a.m. at the state Capitol. A program follows at 11 a.m. Individuals to be honored are:   Pat Wrice of Hartford Bobby Ramos of Stratford JoeAnn Meekins of Milford Wayne Dixon and The MLK, Jr. Statewide…

TOM FICKLIN: Opioid Lowdown

U.S. Attorney for Connecticut Deirdre Daly and federal prosecutor Vanessa Roberts Avery discuss the opioid crisis and their office’s efforts to build community bridges with Tom Ficklin on WNNH Radio.

Council report addresses ‘demand side’ of sex trafficking scourge

The Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Council has released an annual report showing an increase in the trafficking of minor children. The report was submitted to the Connecticut General Assembly on Jan. 11, 2017 and offers recommendations to state legislators on how to handle the demand for sex for pay. “For many people, sex and labor…

Snapshots: America’s school systems continue to grapple with race

Race Matters: How America’s schools wrestled with segregation in 2016 Originally posted on Chalkbeat by Chalkbeat Staff on December 22, 2016 In a year where race dominated the national conversation about identity and equality, American education systems grappled with issues of integration and segregation. Across America, school systems approached segregation with varied success. Two generations…