Department of Education

Election 2014
8:30 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Conn. Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor says he's leaving

Conn. education commissioner Stefan Pryor at his legislative confirmation hearing at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, Conn., Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012.
Credit AP Photo/Jessica Hill

Connecticut’s Education Commissioner has informed Governor Dannel Malloy that he won’t serve a second term should the governor win re-election. Commissioner Stefan Pryor was in charge of implementing the Democratic governor's education reform agenda.

Pryor came under fire from teachers and parents for overseeing that agenda. It included efforts to implement the Common Core education standards, new teacher evaluations guidelines, a program for failing schools, and other changes.

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Education
6:10 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Stamford schools look at racially disproportionate use of discipline

16-year-old Kalik Artis-Hall of the Stamford Academy
Credit Tarice L.S. Gray

According to a report from Connecticut's Department of Education, between 2007 and 2012, black students were nearly four times as likely to be suspended or expelled from school as white students.

School officials in Stamford, Connecticut have started to do something to change that.

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