Connecticut is plagued by the inter-related problems of wealth inequality and a regressive tax structure. COVID-19 has made it all worse. Emily Byrne, the Executive Director of CT Voices, addresses these issues and provides useful policy prescriptions.
The school year starts soon, and teachers and parents still ask: How will schools open safely? This hour, we talk with Jeff Leake, the president of the state’s largest teachers union, the Connecticut Education Association. The union says the state should only open school buildings if CDC and other safety guidelines are met. Some teachers worry that crowded classrooms won’t have sufficient measures to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks. And if schools become fully remote, how can districts ensure that all students are able to access online learning? We, hear from a Columbia University researcher who is helping districts plan ahead for the possibility of returning to fully-remote education. Are you a teacher or a parent? What fears or concerns do you have for this upcoming school year? GUESTS: Jeff Leake – President of the Connecticut Education Association (CEA), the largest teachers’ union in Connecticut Elizabeth Chu – Executive Director of the Center for Public Research and Leadership at Columbia Law School
It’s officially 2020, which means you may see a census taker knocking on your door this Spring. The decennial census also will be online. This hour, we talk with NPR’s Hansi Lo Wang about efforts to count everyone who lives in the United States, and why it matters. And later, we hear from local nonprofits about whether the state of Connecticut is spending enough on Census outreach. Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz will join us to talk about the state’s efforts. Got a question about the 2020 census? GUESTS: Hansi Lo Wang – NPR National Correspondent covering the 2020 Census (@hansilowang) Jay Williams – President, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving Joan Cruz – Director of Special Projects, Hispanic Health Council Susan Bysiewicz – Lieutenant Governor of the State of Connecticut (@LGSusanB)