Despite the clear legal challenge to the section of the bill which would reduce local control of public schools, Malloy himself will be embarking on a statewide promotional tour for his bill, beginning with a stop in Hartford on March 1, 2012. His one-hour engagement at the Village South: Center for Community Life (331 Wethersfield Avenue) will begin at 7pm. (more…)
A peek inside the space destined for use as a cinema shows slow progress.
The floor is still gravel. Sheetrock has been installed, yet the space appears far from life as an entertainment venue.
Chain-link fencing around part of the building, along with a portable toilet, indicates some work is happening somewhere on site. The cinema is now slated to open this summer; its opening has been delayed several times.
Yesterday, Governor Malloy spoke on Where We Live, primarily about this controversial “Act Concerning Educational Competitiveness.” When pressed for examples of successful models or for how he would define a good teacher, he flailed, unable to provide much response to either. He did, however, repeatedly tell people to read the 163-page document.
Last night was “trash night,” which is often the beginning of larger objects’ indefinite stays at the curb. Months ago, a neighbor set out several of those glorified paper bags filled with leaves. For an unknown reason, one bag was never removed until weeks later. There was nothing sketchy about what was in the bag. It was placed at curb when the City announced leaf recycling time.
Items that are not being disposed of properly have a worse outlook.
The normal curb life of bulky items is an ugly one. They tend to be slowly disassembled. They might get pushed or kicked into the gutter. Migration is not out of the realm of possibility.
I have seen cabinets set out in salvageable condition get rendered completely useless. The drawers are pulled out. A loose handle will get separated. That handle will wind up in the gutter, two houses down. A week passes. That piece of hardware will turn up two blocks away. (more…)
In what has been turned into a war against teachers,truthiness is replacing actual truth. Tenure, for instance, is being presented as a way of keeping ineffective or “bad” teachers employed until their frail, limp bodies have to be carted away. Tenure actually guarantees due process, granting teachers the right to not be fired for arbitrary reasons.
For those outside of the classroom, it may be a surprise that teachers’ jobs are threatened for reasons outside of competency issues. In Hartford, in low performing schools where gains in adequate yearly progress are modest, some teachers have received the message that they could be let go, even though they are fairly new to the school where these achievement issues have had a long history. None will go on the record because they fear job loss. Tenure would alleviate some of those fears of speaking truth to power. (more…)
Youth –whose voices are frequently undervalued by adults –are speaking out on bullying.
Two teens — Council Brandon and Peython Echelson-Russell — from Hartford and West Hartford recently hosted and produced an hour-long radio show about bullying. The show explores the Aggressors, Victims, Bystanders (AVB) program and looks at what happens when those who are bullied become bullies.
Ditch any preconceived notions you have about how a youth-produced show might sound. This is not amateurish stuff.