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Connecticut has become the 19th state to pass a law allowing college athletes to collect money from their name, image and likeness. 

Still from the movie "Music" of actress Maddie Ziegler
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When the preview for musical artist Sia’s debut film Music was released---- it received backlash from individuals on the autism spectrum. But it also sparked a conversation about neurodiversity.

Andrew Agwunobi Appointed UConn Interim President

May 19, 2021
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The University of Connecticut board of trustees unanimously voted to appoint UConn Health Chief Executive Officer Dr. Andrew Agwunobi as interim president on Wednesday, the first person of color to hold the position in the history of the university.

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Last year COVID-19 forced the U.S. Coast Guard Academy to hold a virtual commencement. On Wednesday, however, this year’s class graduated in person.

And the ensigns received their commission -- and a handshake -- from President Joe Biden.

New Haven Symphony Orchestra

Elementary school music programs have seen a drop in the number of students enrolling in band or orchestra. The pandemic has forced music teachers to abandon their typical recruiting methods. But now a coalition of Connecticut symphony orchestras has stepped in with a series of free online services to encourage potential musicians to sign up.

Thomas Katsouleas
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A lot of people were surprised to hear the news that University of Connecticut President Tom Katsouleas was stepping down after only two years on the job. Chris Keating is the journalist who broke the story for the Hartford Courant, and he joined Connecticut Public Radio’s All Things Considered to talk about why this happened and what comes next for UConn.

When you think back to your childhood, what was your favorite thing to do? Did you have a favorite stuffed animal or did you spend a lot of time outside? Today, we talk about the importance of play. There are lots of conversations about learning loss in the pandemic but learning through play is as important as classroom learning.

UConn Administrator Terrence Cheng Appointed New CSCU President

May 7, 2021
Terrence Cheng will be CSCU’s new president.
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After a six-month search, the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities Board of Regents on Friday appointed Terrence Cheng, a UConn administrator, to serve as the system’s new president.

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Poetry by young Hartford-area writers is reaching a wider readership -- on a CTtransit Bus.

The “Poetry Bus” will inspire riders for the next few weeks with excerpts of poems written by students who participate in creative writing classes at the Charter Oak Cultural Center’s Youth Arts Institute. The poems form a graphic display on the outside of the bus.

Camp Wings of Friendship was held virtually over the summer
Ian Hockley

Ian Hockley lost his 6-year-old son Dylan in the Sandy Hook school shooting. In the years since, he founded the nonprofit Dylan’s Wings of Change to support kids with autism and other challenges. Now he has a new project: a summer camp where he says his son would have felt understood.

Senate Votes To Repeal Connecticut's Religious Exemption To Mandatory Vaccinations

Apr 27, 2021
Yehyun Kim / CT Mirror

A measure repealing Connecticut’s religious exemption from mandatory school vaccinations is headed for Gov. Ned Lamont’s desk, after the Senate gave final passage to the bill in an evening vote Tuesday over the objections of several Republicans and thousands of protesters who gathered outside the state Capitol.

Tyler Russell / Connecticut Public

As Connecticut legislators debated a proposal Tuesday to remove the religious exemption to mandatory vaccination for school-aged children, a large crowd of people opposed to the bill gathered outside the state Capitol in Hartford in protest. 

Eastern Connecticut State University

A private firm was hired earlier this year to investigate how Eastern Connecticut State University handles reports of sexual assaults on campus, an investigation prompted by a former student’s social media accounts that helped others share their stories.

Portrait of Federal Communications Commission (F.C.C.) Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel
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Telehealth, Google Classrooms, and Zoom have become essential for daily life in the pandemic.

This hour, we learn about the role of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to make sure all Americans have access to broadband internet.

We talk with the FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel, a West Hartford native.

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Americans like to believe we live in a meritocracy but the odds are stacked in favor of the already lucky and fortunate. We congratulate the "winners" and humiliate the "losers," who are told to better themselves or carry the burden of their failure. 

The 2016 election of Donald Trump was decades in the making.  Like other populist leaders around the world, Trump gave voice to the resentment directed toward “elites” who devalue the hard work and dignity of workers without college degrees.

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It has been over eight years since Sheryl Sandberg’s breakthrough book Lean In hit the shelfs and started a conversation about women leading in the workplace. But sexism is far from obsolete in today’s job market. 

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Broadband access is not just a convenience, it’s essential for life under COVID-19. 

This hour, we take a look at Connecticut’s digital divide. We talk with a researcher whose report highlights the stark racial and economic disparities in internet access in our state.

Governor Lamont has proposed universal broadband by September 2022. But is the state taking strong enough steps to put all residents on an equal footing when it comes to internet access?

RN Jenni Eckstrom draws 0.5 ml of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine as the City of Hartford’s Department of Health and Human Services hosted a vaccine clinic for Hartford residents 75 and over at Dunkin’ Donuts Park in Hartford on February 06, 2021
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Connecticut has been among the states leading the pack nationally on vaccinating its residents overall, but deep disparities remain. This hour, we get the latest from Connecticut Public Radio reporters about what’s driving the state’s racial inequities in vaccination rates.

Eastern Connecticut State University

Eastern Connecticut State University has hired an independent firm to review the way it handles Title IX claims. Risk management firm TNG Consulting will look into claims by several students that the school has mishandled cases of rape and sexual assault on campus.

Updated March 31, 2021 at 5:31 PM ET

The country's infrastructure is badly in need of repair, both major parties agree. But for years they haven't been able to agree on a proposal, or how to pay for it.

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Hartford’s school superintendent is recalling teachers and students to the classroom beginning Monday. But two local teachers unions, who say they found out about the return date the same day as parents and students, think it’s too early.

Frustration As Waterbury Catholic School Set To Close

Mar 25, 2021
Olivia Hickey

Sacred Heart High School and Middle School are scheduled to close June 30 after educating students for 99 years. While some families are preparing to transfer their children to new schools, alumni and school community members have been working together to prevent the closing.

Still from the movie "Music" of actress Maddie Ziegler
HanWay Films

When the preview for musical artist Sia’s debut film Music was released---- it received backlash from individuals on the autism spectrum. But it also sparked a conversation about neurodiversity.

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The pandemic has redefined what it’s like to go to college. With the focus shifted to virtual learning, students missed out on traditional class discussions and social activities -- familiar and beloved parts of the college lifestyle. As a result, many assumed higher education would take a hit. 

 

But application rates for 2021 are showing signs of hope. Some universities, like the University of Connecticut, are even seeing record interest. 

Thousands Of Students Didn’t Show Up For School This Year. Where Are The Children?

Mar 15, 2021

On his first day as the nation’s education secretary, Miguel Cardona claimed the spotlight as he and first lady Jill Biden toured an elementary school in his hometown, about one year after COVID-19 first disrupted the lives of students, teachers and parents.

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Teachers across Connecticut have started to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. And while vaccination brings a sense of hope, it doesn’t erase the traumas they and their students have experienced over the last year of teaching -- a time when many educators had to reinvent what it meant to be in school. 

Sheree Baldwin Muhammad, teacher at New Beginnings Family Academy

Starting this week, teachers and child care providers are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. 

This hour, we talk with three Connecticut teachers and hear about what this past year has looked like for them and their students. 

As The Push To Reopen Schools Intensifies, Miguel Cardona And Jill Biden Travel To Meriden

Mar 3, 2021
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On his first day on the job as U.S. secretary of education, Meriden’s Miguel Cardona traveled back to his hometown to showcase for the nation, alongside first lady Jill Biden and the leader of one of the nation’s largest teachers unions, how the district where he spent his career opened its schools for students to learn in-person and full-time amid the pandemic.

Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public

When Gov. Ned Lamont announced he was switching to an age-based vaccine rollout plan going forward, he made a carve-out for teachers and child care workers to jump to the head of the line. They’ll be eligible to sign up for an appointment on March 1 along with folks over the age of 55.

Report: Twice As Many Conn. High Schoolers Are In Danger Of Being Held Back

Feb 22, 2021
A classroom is set up for the fall semester at Middletown High School. There will be an empty desk between two students. High school students will have to carry their desk shield assigned to them when moving to another class.
Yehyun Kim / CTMirror.org

Research released Monday confirms what many parents and educators already suspected — more students than ever are falling behind during the pandemic, a problem especially present among those learning entirely from home in some of the state’s larger districts.

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