Fairfield County, a region marked by sharp disparities in income and in urban and suburban life, faces particular challenges in assuring all its residents a quality education. Today, a special report, “Education, Diversity and Change in Fairfield County,” explores the issue through in-depth policy reporting, interactive maps and charts, photo galleries and opinion pieces written by teachers from the Connecticut Writing Project at Fairfield University.
As long as teacher voices are valued and continuously sought in future decisions, under the new leadership of Dr. Beth Schiavino-Narvaez, a high quality education will not only apply to the economically and racially privileged but also to the disadvantaged children of Hartford.
If our schools, training centers, and community colleges are teaching the skills that people need to be competitive in the local job market, and businesses have a talent pipeline that enables growth, then Connecticut will have a stronger, healthier economy
Today, the Sheff v. O’Neill education suit is still about equity – ensuring that Hartford children have the same educational opportunities as children in the best suburban schools and that all students have access to a quality, integrated education.
Efforts to improve antibiotic use in healthcare — lessening the creation of antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” — cannot possibly make a dent in overall antibiotic overuse if so much is unregulated in agriculture.
Let’s not let misinformation and political rhetoric hold us back from putting in place the Common Core Standards — an initiative with great promise to ensure that all students, regardless of where they live, are prepared for college and career and success.
There is a serious lack of diversity in the health care professions, and more Hispanic nurses would make a significant difference in healthcare quality and costs throughout the nation, including in Connecticut.