This weekly segment by Democrats for Education Reform CT looks at the top education stories Democrats are watching, providing bite-sized analysis and links to recent articles. This week, we’re keeping it short—just the links to the latest—because you have pies to bake, turkeys to baste,
and toll-free roads to hit:
Quick Links To This Week’s Top Stories
Check CT News Junkie on the continued debate regarding repealing religious exemptions from immunization requirements, including a new discussion of a potential compromise: simultaneously making medical exemptions easier to obtain. Compromises are often laudable, but not on the topic of children’s health. With a 96.1% statewide vaccination rate for kindergarteners, it’s clear that most parents agree.
Don’t miss CT Mirror and ProPublica on how affordable housing is largely built in areas with high crime and struggling schools. Housing opportunity is inextricably linked to educational opportunity, and zoning practices should be linked to the state's education incentives for municipalities. More to come on this from us in the weeks ahead.
This Center for Effective Philanthropy opinion in the CT Mirror outlines the lessons that philanthropists can learn from past big education donors, as the Dalio Foundation/state funded Partnership for Connecticut begins its work.
The New York Times explores how the concerns of families of color are being lost as some leading presidential nominees take anti-charter school positions.
Politico covers Senator Sanders’ latest higher ed pitch, which would pump billions into historically black colleges and universities.
In The Spirit of Thanksgiving
We at DFER CT have a lot to be thankful for this year. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, here are several local charities that we think are doing great work for Connecticut children in need: