David DesRoches

David covers education and related topics for WNPR, and also mentors high school seniors who attend the Journalism and Media Academy magnet school in Hartford as part of Connecticut Public Broadcasting’s Learning Lab initiative.

David comes to public media after a career in newspapers, where he received a dozen state, regional and national awards for his work, including New England’s Reporter of the Year in 2013.

A native of central Virginia, David’s special education reporting in Darien, Connecticut, has been cited as one of the most comprehensive explorations of disability rights among children in the Unites States.

Before journalism, David ran a flyer distribution company, started a non-profit media organization in Ethiopia, and taught songwriting to people with physical and mental disabilities. He frequently contributes to various journalism seminars focused on education, investigations and First Amendment issues. When not pestering public officials, David enjoys pestering his friends at craft beer pubs, traveling to unpopular locations, exploring nature and playing music.

Three top-level employees from the Montville school district have turned themselves in to state police, as the district grapples with allegations that a substitute teacher ran a fight club at the high school. 

Connecticut's graduation rate is now the highest on record, state officials said Monday. Last year, 87.9 percent of high school seniors graduated. That's about five points higher than the national average. The graduation rate gap between students of color and white students also shrank.

Connecticut has spent over $50 million helping schools beef up security since 2013. Some of that money -- $3.2 million -- has gone to private schools, which are reimbursed at a higher rate than many public schools.

Connecticut schools performed about the same as they did last year on the state's accountability system. 

David DesRoches / WNPR

Take a drive through Old Wethersfield and he's hard to miss.

Kevin, the wild Old Wethersfield turkey, puffs with personality. So much in fact that he got 65 votes for different positions in the recent town elections. He also has over 5,000 Facebook followers, with 1,000 of those coming his way over the last month.

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