Voices from the Capitol


Conn. Voices for Children pushes for mental health funding over school resource officers

February 1, 2023 •

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Schools throughout the country are looking for ways to make schools safer. In Connecticut, local leaders are looking to do that without increasing school resource officers. A press conference will be held here at the capital later today to discuss ways to improve the edu...

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Students call for more transparency around school resource officers

February 1, 2023 •

In most Connecticut school systems, you’ll find school resource officers. But on Wednesday, students and racial justice groups called for more rules – and more transparency – around how police operate in schools. “Back in 2019, a group of out-of-district police officers were buzzed into ...

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Report: School Officers Don’t Make Students Feel Safer

December 3, 2022 •

A new report shows the presence of police officers in school settings contributed to more referrals to law enforcement, particularly for students of color. The report from Connecticut Voices for Children analyzed data from the 2017-2018 school year and found the risk of arrest was five times highe...

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Creating Wealth With ‘Baby Bonds’

September 20, 2022 •

  When Efrem Fesaha first heard about baby bonds this spring, it made him think back to when he was 17 and a senior at Chief Sealth High School in West Seattle. He was the fourth of six children, his father had just died, and he wondered, “How am I going to fund my college?” He had to think...

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Why Connecticut’s top 10 ranking in child well-being may not be all good news

August 18, 2022 •

Click HERE to listen to the story. Connecticut Public Radio | By John Henry Smith Published August 18, 2022 at 6:06 PM EDT Every year, NPR underwriter The Annie E. Casey Foundation produces the Kids Count report. The report ranks states according to the level of well-being enjoyed by their children....

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‘Kids Count’ report: CT ranks 7th in the nation for childhood well-being: Housing affordability a low point for the state, national report says

August 8, 2022 •

by Ginny Monk Connecticut improved its national ranking in childhood well-being but still has progress to make, particularly in housing and issues related to economic security, according to an annual report released today. Connecticut was ranked 7th in the nation in this year’s Annie E. Casey Fou...

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Bridgeport debates adding cops to schools

June 9, 2022 •

BRIDGEPORT — The police lieutenant who oversees the handful of officers assigned the city’s public schools this week called for that program to get a boost in manpower. “At the end of the day I think we do need more SROs (school resource officers) in Bridgeport,” Lt. Paul Grech told members ...

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CT Justice Alliance to Revisit #InvestInMe Campaign With Events The Week of Juneteenth

June 6, 2022 •

The executive director of the Connecticut Justice Alliance said she was disappointed with recently-passed legislation that changes the way the state’s criminal justice system handles young offenders, as she said it doesn’t address root causes such as housing and economic insecurity and trauma. H...

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Bridgeport superintendent wants more cops at schools post-Texas shooting

May 29, 2022 •

BRIDGEPORT — A call by the superintendent to boost the district’s number of school resource officers to better protect students and faculty is being met with mixed reaction by the elected officials who would need to fund the positions. On Thursday Superintendent Michael Testani in an email to Ci...

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LGBTQ allies applaud Hartford Public Schools amid nurse, threats investigations: ‘Supporting trans youth … is literally lifesaving’

April 20, 2022 •

LGBTQ community members and activists commended Hartford Public Schools officials during Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting for the district’s handling of a personnel matter involving a school nurse placed on administrative leave for online comments about LGBTQ students. “I’m here ...

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