CABE Journal Articles
President Commentary - May 2018
CABE's Legal and Negotiations Service: Impacting the Work of Local School Districts
This month, I will focus on yet another CABE department - the Legal and Negotiations Service.
CABE's Legal Department is a great asset to the Association. In a world governed by numerous and sometimes confusing laws derived from an assortment of sources (Federal laws, state laws, and judicial rulings, to name a few), it helps to have a source that can help a board of education maneuver through a sometimes tangled mess.
Executive Director Commentary - May 2018
What Do We Want for Our Students?
As the State continues to examine its difficult fiscal situation, the strengthening of our workforce is important to our attaining a secure financial future. For example, the Connecticut Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth's Final Report stated the following as one of its 10 "key recommendations":
Supporting Latino Students
The United States continues to change. According to Hispanic Teacher Recruitment: Increasing the Number of Hispanic Teachers, published by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, "currently, at more than 53 million, the Hispanic population is the nation's largest, youngest, and fastest growing minority population."
Guide on Supporting Transgender Students Available
Finding a free, helpful manual for school leaders on the issues faced by transgender students is not easy, but a number of organizations have put a good one together entitled, Schools in Transition: A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools. It is available for free download at www.nclrights.org/legal-help-resources/resource/schools-in-transition.
Where There's No Disagreement on Transgender Students
Transgender students, with the assistance of the federal Office for Civil Rights, are becoming more visible in our schools. Many districts have addressed the need of transgender students, quietly and successfully, for years. While some issues, such as facilities use, remain controversial in schools, it is helpful to start in the areas where no real disagreement should exist.
Where are the Male Africa-American Teachers?
In preparing Connecticut students for the 21st Century, all districts have an interest in ensuring cultural competence and appropriate sensitivity for the increased diversity that they will face. Demographic change will affect all districts no matter their current racial, ethnic or religions mix, so all Boards and Superintendents should be considering how to prepare their students of the world they will soon enter.
Diversity, of course, affects student achievement. Research has long told us of the difficulties many African-American students have in school. For example, in 2014, the overall percent of high school seniors who met the career and college readiness standard, according to the College Board, was 44.7 percent. The Black or African American percentage was 13.4%.
Common Core implementation going well
The CABE Journal recently had the opportunity to touch base with Connecticut Chief Academic Officer Dianna Roberge-Wentzell and teacher Cay Freeman of Sage Park Middle School in Windsor to get two different but equally important perspectives from the frontline of Common Core implementation.
Minorities Underrepresented in Teacher Ranks
Executive Director, CABE
A recent report from the Center for American Progress and the National Education Association cast a light on an issue facing school boards across the Nation: the lack of teachers who are members of a minority.
Best Practices: Bloomfield and Stamford shine on DPI
When the state announced District Performance Index (DPI) numbers for school systems around the state in December, only two - Bloomfield and Stamford - managed to meet elementary and high school targets for their low-income populations.Archived Articles