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Threatening calls and messages to schools have decreased in Connecticut in recent years, according to new numbers from the state Department of Education.

Closing arguments have begun in a trial over whether Connecticut adequately funds its public schools.

A coalition of municipalities, education groups, parents and students sued in 2005, saying the state was violating the Connecticut constitution by not providing enough aid to municipalities to allow them to properly educate students. The coalition cited vast differences in test results between rich and poor towns.

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In December U.S. Education Secretary John King proposed new regulations for Common Core testing in order to increase test participation. The Education Department cautioned that schools with test participation rates below 95 percent are at a risk of losing federal aid.  

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Senator Chris Murphy, D-Conn., has introduced a bill that he says will help stop the growing segregation of public schools in America.

Murphy says a recent report by the Government Accountability Office found more and more schools are segregated by race and income, and this separation hurts students.  

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U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) says the U.S. is going backwards when it comes to diversity in schools.