The Connecticut Democratic Party is returning a $10,000 contribution from Edward Snider, the chief executive officer of Comcast-Spectacor, whose subsidiaries include Global Spectrum, a company that won a contract earlier this year to manage the state-owned XL Center and Rentschler Field.
The decision Wednesday comes a day after Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, R-Fairfield, a candidate for governor, said Global Spectrum's relationship to Comcast-Spectacor meant that Snider fell under a prohibition on state contractors making political contributions to state candidates or state accounts held by a political party.
A memo from a group of school superintendents recommends that the state association that represents them publicly lambaste Connecticut’s education commissioner.
But Elizabeth Feser, president of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents and the leader of Milford Public Schools, said the full board on Thursday rejected that request.
Washington – The Newtown tragedy has galvanized gun control groups and turned victims of gun violence into advocates like no other mass shooting in U.S. history.
In the year since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, new coalitions have been formed as have new gun control organizations, including Mothers Against Gun Violence, a PAC created by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz. -– a victim of a mass shooting herself -- and the Newtown Action Alliance.
Breaking with Attorney General George Jepsen and the Malloy administration, former Gov. John G. Rowland will pursue an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court of a lower court's ruling that the Rowland administration acted illegally to punish union members in 2003 with layoffs, his lawyer said Thursday.
For people involved in the mental health system, the Newtown shooting brought both worry -- that people with mental illness would be further marginalized and inaccurately linked to violence -- and hope, that issues they had long hoped to spotlight would finally be addressed.
Nearly a year later, many say some of the changes are encouraging. But some warn that the response was limited by the state's tight finances and an enduring stigma that prevents mental illness from being treated the same way physical health is.
Millions of dollars have been spent in the past year better protecting students from threats coming from outside school buildings. Since last December, when 26 children and educators were killed in Newtown, at least half of the schools throughout the state have installed new security cameras, shatter-proof glass doors and other security-related upgrades.
And while much of the focus -– and funding -– has been on protecting students from another active shooter, data show that students are more likely to be victims of bullying or involved in a fight with a classmate. Districts have had to find a balance between protecting students from outside threats by hiring security staff and hiring psychologists or other mental health specialists to identify and treat troubled students.