For the record, my colleagues and I who support charter schools are deeply disturbed by the scandal surrounding Family Urban Schools of Excellence (FUSE) — yet another charter school-related problem of criminal activity allegations. We are upset not only with the idea of anyone misusing public funds, but more selfishly perhaps, we know that we, as charter school overseers, will once again be faced with the challenge of defending our own charter schools and our charter school staffs that have worked year after year without fanfare; who do not misuse public funds; who do not misrepresent their credentials; who truly do make a difference in the lives of our students day after day, year after year.
As we prepare for an election season with more financial talking points than usual, we should ask candidates who make promises a basic question: How? How will you both cut spending and address issues about which you purport to care?
The Department of Children and Families’ new CHEER program is an important positive step toward improving outcomes for young people who would otherwise age out of the Connecticut foster care system. But the state can do better.
Many people have been talking about the great things that CTFastrak, Connecticut’s commuter busway, will bring to local communities when it’s up and running in early 2015. Better commutes, less reliance on cars, fast and convenient transportation is all great news for our community. But for many, CTFastrak will open up a much more important and basic opportunity — the opportunity to purchase food.
Society can benefit from a trauma-informed ministry that brings to bear upon those suffering from trauma the wisdom, insights and resources of their religious faith and uses these cultural attributes for the sufferer’s benefit.
Early childhood education, in the form of a preschool or pre-kindergarten program, is one of the key building blocks for a successful progression for students through the educational system, and developing into successful adults within their chosen career path. While not essential, it does provide many key stepping stones, including often times a child’s first interaction with peers, a gradual transition into a classroom setting, a fundamental understanding of rules and order, and lastly and most importantly, many of the key educational concepts.