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. 
 

Two Years After Tragedy, Newtown Still Needs Help

Mental health services must be sustained in Newtown so that people can continue the long, hard work of reclaiming their lives, a group of teachers who worked at Sandy Hook Elementary told AFT national, state and local leaders just days before the anniversary of the Dec. 14, 2012, shooting that killed 20 children and six educators at the school.
 
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