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The Federal Education Department Got Teacher Prep Wrong

There are new proposed regulations out from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) that focus on teacher preparation, and they’re not good. They use unreliable, out-of-context data like K-12 standardized test scores and employment numbers to punish teacher preparation programs.

 
Click here for press coverage of the proposed changes.
 

New Leadership for the State's Education Agency: Update

The State Department of Education (SDE) yesterday announced that its outgoing commissioner has been nominated to serve a new post in the administration of Rhode Island Governor-Elect Gina Raimondo. Stefan Pryor, if confirmed by the state legislature, will head the Ocean State’s recently established commerce department beginning January 6.
 
Click here for a statement on the move from the chair of the State Board of Education (SBOE).
 

Connecticut Receives Resources to Expand Pre-K Resources

At the kick-off of the White House Summit on Early Childhood Education officials yesterday announced more than $1 billion in public and private investment in early learning programs, including a $12.5 million grant for Connecticut. The funds will enable more than 400 children from low-income families to attend preschool and improve the quality of publicly-funded PreK for another nearly 300 children in our state.
 

Bristol School Board, Teachers Union Reach Settlement on New Collective Bargaining Agreement

Bristol - Members of the Bristol Board of Education (BOE) and the Bristol Federation of Teachers (BFT) on Saturday concluded a three-year arbitrated contract settlement. Collective bargaining negotiations began in late-August and with no agreement reached by mid-November, the parties entered into binding arbitration. 
 
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