CONNECTICUT

Coverage of Connecticut from New England Public Radio, NPR, and other NPR stations.

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced more than $8 million in “brownfield” remediation grants, money that will fund assessments and cleanups of old industrial sites throughout New England.

Connecticut's Child Advocate Sarah Eagan reported Thursday that many children withdrawn from state public schools to be homeschooled are in families that have been accused of child abuse or neglect, and there are no state regulations to protect them.

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges has rejected a plan to consolidate Connecticut’s twelve community colleges into one system.

The Association, which accredits schools, says combining the community colleges would create a new institution and that new school would need to apply for its own accreditation. It could not keep the current accreditation of the twelve individual community colleges. 

A state-wide census of trail use is underway. Last year, it recorded more than 1.4 million trips taken by hikers, bikers, and others looking to get outside.

If the tribes that make up the Mashantucket Mohegan Connecticut Venture are considering a potential play for the license to operate a casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, East Windsor First Selectman Bob Maynard said they haven’t indicated anything about it to him.

The Fuzzy Future Of More Connecticut Casinos

Apr 23, 2018

With Connecticut’s legislative session wrapping up on May 9, it’s unclear which bills on gambling in the state will make it to the finish line before lawmakers hit the campaign trail.

A sprightly “Good morning!” awaited students and parents who approached Sanchez Elementary School on the Friday before spring break.

Maybe the school staff was in an extra good mood? But Merelys Torres, secretary of Sanchez’s parent-teacher organization, said it’s like this every morning. She noticed it right away when her family came to Hartford from Puerto Rico last fall — a sensitive time for her two kids.

After years of being in the red, the state of Connecticut now has a surplus of more than $1 billion because of higher than expected income tax collections since the beginning of the year. Democrats and Republicans have different ideas about what to do with the money.

At 10:00 am Friday morning, hundreds of students walked out of Ridgefield High School to send a message to lawmakers that they want new gun legislation enacted. Theirs was one of 2,500 schools across the country taking part in the day of action.

Thomas Schuttenhelm
Tema Silk / NEPR

Today, many composers don't perform on the instruments they write for -- they compose for other musicians. It wasn't that way centuries ago. 

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