Category: education/schools

Conversations with the Candidates: Impressions

By , May 14, 2015 9:39 am

“Why isn’t the mayor here?”

That was the first question asked by an audience member, before the official time for questions began — before anything really began — at the Business for Downtown Hartford’s “Candid Conversations” event. Continue reading 'Conversations with the Candidates: Impressions'»

May 2015 Events

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By , April 28, 2015 8:23 am

May 1

  • GAZE: LGBTQ happy hour at Real Art Ways. This free and informal event starts at 5:30.
  • Liquid Lounge: Dino de Mayo: Cinco de Mayo party, with dinosaurs. This is the Connecticut Science Center’s every-so-often adults only party. There will be strolling Mariachi music with Fiesta Del Norte, live Latin jazz, DJs, live Mexican and desert animals, salsa lessons, and more. 6-10 p.m. Not free.

May 2

Flowers in Frog Hollow

  • Free admission to the Connecticut Historical Society galleries from 9-5. Free admission does not include access to their research center.
  • Kim Cannon’s POP-UP Art Market: 10-4 p.m. at the Hartford Seminary, 77 Sherman Street.
  • Art reception for Brian Dupont at EBK Gallery, 218 Pearl Street. 6-8 p.m. Art from this exhibit will be displayed through May 10th.

May 3

Budget Corrections

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By , April 21, 2015 1:53 pm

When we err, we welcome corrections.

The Mayor’s Office sent the following letter to prove that the superintendent was not “unaware” of the budget changes. Notice the date on this letter:

Letter to HPS Superintendent


However, the budget that the superintendent produced and presented to the Board of Education was dated April 7, 2015. That document can be read below.

FY15 16 Budget Book WEB Reduced

Segarra’s Budget: “We’ve Accomplished A Lot Together”

Mayor Segarra has released his recommended budget, saying “this  Budget  is  fiscally  prudent and  accountable  to  all  municipal  stakeholders,” but there have been some questions as to how accountability is being defined.

Richard Wareing, Hartford Board of Education Chair, let known his displeasure with what he says are now confirmed rumors about Segarra’s “intent to use over $12m of the Board’s money to balance the City’s budget for FY 2015-16″ and an “approximately $3.5m in Board money to balance the FY 2014-15 budget.”

On this matter, Wareing says he was left in the dark, learning only through “informal sources within City Hall” that OPEB would be poached.

Wareing, in an email to Mayor Segarra, wrote: “I should have the courtesy of a call from you.  If you have time for cocktails with Brad Davis and well-heeled contributors, you have time to call me to discuss matters which significantly impact the education of our children.” Continue reading 'Segarra’s Budget: “We’ve Accomplished A Lot Together”'»

Artificial Turf Wars

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By , April 20, 2015 8:05 am

Approximately 12.18 acres at Trinity College may be disturbed to make changes to its athletic fields. While 0.18 acres is expected to be impervious, that does not mean such a small segment of the space will be natural. Continue reading 'Artificial Turf Wars'»

Limits on School Choice

By , April 9, 2015 8:31 am

School Search Tool indicates zones. Click on image to go to interactive tool.

While families in Hartford are waiting to hear about where the lottery system will place their school-age children, research on the public choice system reveals what Mira Debs, a doctoral candidate at Yale, calls a “marketing disconnect.” While choice is pitched as “freedom” and about enabling the best “personal fit,” the reality for families, she says, is quite different. With the division of the city into zones, choice is limited. One Hartford mother she spoke with took issue with how she had to pick a school for her son: “I really liked [the arts school].  I actually thought [my son] had more of a performing arts bent.  Not in my zone.  Not in my neighborhood…So, you can have a sciency child in zone 3 or you can have an artsy child in zone 4.”

Debs is not alone in questioning how school choice is being implemented. She was joined by Robert Cotto, Jr., Jack Dougherty, and Stephen Spirou on a panel at Trinity College earlier this week. Continue reading 'Limits on School Choice'»

April 2015 Events

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By , March 29, 2015 9:56 pm

April 1

  • Real Art Ways will be screening The Magnificent Seven at 1 p.m. A conversation will follow: “In the 1950′s, the Western got big and the screen got wide. By 1960, classical Hollywood was breaking down. Conversation addresses some of the causes, and some of the relics that hold the Western together – deadlines, static shots, and operatic violence. It also considers the pressure on postwar manhood and the role of Hollywood in global film culture.” General admission: $11.
  • The McGill Lecture in International Studies features “China and the United Nations” with Ambassador Liu Jieyi, Ambassador of China to the United Nations. This will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the Washington Room of Mather Hall at Trinity College. Free.
  • Get HYPEd at the Black Bear Saloon, 187 Allyn Street. They say: “Get HYPEd is a casual event that offers an opportunity to network with other young professionals. Join us for Get HYPEd at Black Bear Saloon and make sure to drop a business card for your chance to win a prize! At this Get HYPEd, our Community Involvement Committee is holding a Community Collection for Mercy Housing & Shelter Corporation. Their food pantry needs donations to be successful, and they’ve given us a list of most needed items. You can find the items needed here.” 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Talk & Book Signing: Coney Island 40 Years: Photographer Harvey Stein discusses the work in his book, Coney Island 40 Years. Starts at 6 p.m. at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Free.  Arrive from 5-6 p.m. to check out the awesome Coney Island exhibit before the talk.
  • Take a tour of MakeHartford, Show & Tell about your current project, hang out with the String Thing group. 6-9 p.m. at MakeHartford, 30 Arbor Street.

April 2

  • First Thursday After Hours: every month the Wadsworth Atheneum hosts a little party. Check out the museum, listen to music, take a tour, and make some art. This is from 5-8 p.m. Admission is $5. At 8, they will be screening Wild, so stick around for that.
  • Open reception at the Pump House Gallery for Resounding Images: 25th Anniversary of Judy Dworin Performance Project. This starts at 6 p.m. The exhibit runs through May 21. The Pump House Gallery is located in Bushnell Park.
  • Poet Mark Doty will be reading from his new book Deep Lane as part of the Cardin Series on the University of Hartford campus. This free, public event will take place in Wilde Auditorium at the Harry Jack Gray Center. 6-9 p.m.

Moylan: Moving or Not?

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By , March 19, 2015 8:38 am

The fight to keep Moylan Montessori in Hartford has gotten confusing.

There have been claims that Mayor Segarra is promising that Moylan will remain in the city. A petition website says as much.

Nothing has yet been brought to the Board of Education. In January, the BOE voted to allow for property price negotiations for a potential site in West Hartford. This resolution is still in effect, despite an announcement weeks ago that Thom Deller was looking at other sites in Hartford.

Where did the Segarra rumors come from? It seems that through Linda Bayer, this announcement was made at a recent NRZ meeting.

What’s Next for Moylan?

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By , March 2, 2015 1:23 pm

Though the Board of Education previously voted to allow for Moylan Montessori to move beyond city limits, permanently, it now seems that the push to find a Hartford location for it has been revived, with Thom Deller reportedly looking into four or five sites.

Now, the Luke Bronin campaign is questioning the delay in finding an appropriate permanent home for the school. Bronin says, ““The City of Hartford has known for years that Moylan Montessori needed a new home, but kicked the can down the road year after year — and then decided that there was no option but to move this quality, local public school to West Hartford. ”

The majority of students attending Moylan Montessori live in the Behind the Rocks neighborhood, not exactly neighboring the site voted for on North Main in West Hartford.

Bronin says, “This is a moment for leadership, and I urge the Mayor to identify a specific, suitable site before it’s too late to keep Moylan in Hartford – and before Hartford loses a quality local school.”

March 2015 Events

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By , March 1, 2015 12:42 am

March 1

March 14, 2015 is the last chance to see “It’s a Wrap!” in the Widener Gallery before it wraps

  • Last chance to see Randy Gilman’s Sculpture and Assemblages at EBK Gallery [small works], 218 Pearl Street.
  • The Laszlo Gardony Trio will perform as part of the Baby Grand Jazz series at the Hartford Public Library, 3-4 p.m. Free.
  • Every Sunday gives you a chance to check out Steve Davis and Friends performing live jazz at Max Downtown (185 Asylum St) 6-9 p.m. There’s no cover.

March 2

  • Novelist Amara Lakhous will give a lecture — “Italian Identity in the Making: Migration & Culture” — in the McCook Auditorium at Trinity College, 4:15 p.m. This is free and open to the public.

March 3

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