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Rhythm and Bruise: How Cuts to Music and the Arts Hurt Kids and Communities

Yohuru Williams | Posted 11.17.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Art and music convey important skills that often are overlooked. Researchers have long touted their positive effects on student brain growth and development, but the exercise of those skills in artistic pursuits like band and chorus adds a whole new dimension of teamwork, perseverance and commitment.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Congress Won't Go As Far As Connecticut On Gun Control

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 02.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's been two months since Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy (D) faced an unspeakable tragedy in his state: the mass shooting at Sandy Hook El...

Homeless Teen In Connecticut Finds His Way To College

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 04.01.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. After finishing his last class at Hillhouse High School, Joseph Marini navigated the O bu...

Gay Rights 'Social Justice Teach-In' 'Hit Home' For Students

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 03.30.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. Picture this: You're changing in the locker room. Another student, who is gay, walks into...

Teen Commutes 4 Hours In The Dark For School: 'It's Like You're Never Finished"

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 03.16.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. Think you have a long commute? Nikita Rodriguez spent three and a half hours traveling ho...

Arizona Teacher Drives To All The Way To Newtown To Spread Holiday Cheer

Posted 12.28.2012 | Education

Faith Leonard teaches elementary school in Arizona's Mesa Public Schools, but she's spending her winter break in Newtown to help bring holiday spirit ...

An Empty Seat At The Christmas Dinner Table After Sandy Hook

Posted 12.28.2012 | Education

As residents of Newtown, Conn., try to return to normalcy two weeks after a gunman tore through Sandy Hook Elementary School, those who lost their lov...

College-Going Program Expands In Connecticut High Schools

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 02.26.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. College-going boosters showed up at the city's biggest high school with a "secret sauce"-...

Duncan Chokes Up Over 'Haunting' Gun Violence: Too Many Children Saying 'If' I Grow Up

Posted 12.23.2012 | Education

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is calling for action against gun violence, fighting back tears during his first public interview since the sc...

High School Nixes Letter Grades On Report Cards For 'Honest Appraisals'

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 02.19.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. When students showed up for report card night at High School in the Community, they didn'...

WATCH: PS22 Chorus' Touching Tribute To Sandy Hook Victims

Posted 12.20.2012 | Education

Dozens of tributes have honoring the victims of Friday's school shooting in Newtown, Conn., have hit the Internet. But one in particular caught our ey...

New Haven Teachers Union President's 3rd Term Win Marks Step In Ed Reform

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 12.20.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. The teachers union issued a mandate on New Haven’s leap into embracing school reform by...

Arne Duncan Hails Newtown Teachers' 'Quiet Heroism'

Posted 12.19.2012 | Education

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is visiting Newtown, Conn., Wednesday, following the Friday massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School that took the ...

Connecticut Schools Report Card Reveals Black-Latino Graduation Gap

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 02.17.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. Two-thirds of black students, but only half of Hispanics, graduated from Wilbur Cross Hig...

CT Schools Locked Down

Posted 12.17.2012 | Education

Ridgefield, Conn., schools were locked down following unconfirmed reports of a suspicious person near a local train station Monday morning. Capt. ...

How Schools Communicate With Parents During A Crisis

Mashable | Posted 02.13.2013 | Education

In the nightmare situation of Friday's shooting in Newtown, Conn., how did parents communicate? How did the school inform parents about what was happe...

Teacher Saved Boy From 'Bullets Going By Him'

Posted 12.17.2012 | Education

An 8-year-old student and his mother are thanking a teacher for saving the boy from bullets fired at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where a mass shooti...

75 Percent Of Connecticut Town's TFA Recruits Leave Schools

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 12.07.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. Kait moved out. Kate moved in. Same apartment, same job, same mission: To reach kids at o...

75 Percent Of Connecticut Town's TFA Recruits Leave Schools

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 12.06.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. Kait moved out. Kate moved in. Same apartment, same job, same mission: To reach kids at o...

75 Percent Of Connecticut Town's TFA Recruits Leave Schools

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 02.05.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. Kait moved out. Kate moved in. Same apartment, same job, same mission: To reach kids at o...

Teen Drowned In School Pool While Peers Swam Above

Posted 11.27.2012 | Education

A Connecticut teen who drowned in his high school's pool last Wednesday was reportedly under water for 17 minutes while other students unknowingly swa...

District Rejects High School's Democratic Vote To Overturn Dress Code

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 01.12.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. New Haven's superintendent of schools put his foot down on experimentation in New Haven "...

Joy Resmovits

Education Ballot Initiatives Sponsored By Bloomberg Super PAC Fail

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.07.2012 | Education

While national attention remained fixed on President Barack Obama's election victory Wednesday morning, education ballot initiatives yielded different...

District Balks At High School's Democratic Vote To Overturn Dress Code

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 01.07.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. Students and teachers at a "turnaround" school got a double lesson in democracy: They vot...

Connecticut Moms Shut Out Of Pre-K Spots Start Montessori Petition

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. Parents who feel shut out of New Haven pre-K spots have proposed a school reform idea of ...