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GOV. MALLOY: EDUCATION REFORM DELIVERS MORE RESOURCES FOR EARLY GRADE LITERACY

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GOV. MALLOY: EDUCATION REFORM DELIVERS MORE RESOURCES FOR EARLY GRADE LITERACY

Schools in East Hartford, Hartford, Meriden, New Haven & Windham Selected for Intensive K-3 Literacy Initiative

 

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy, together with Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman and Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor, today announced that five elementary schools have been selected to pilot an intensive new reading intervention program for students in kindergarten through grade three.  The K-3 Literacy Initiative was created as part of comprehensive education reform bill approved earlier this year " //_onlineonline bipartisan support in the legislature and signed into law by the Governor.

 

“By improving literacy in kindergarten through third grade, we’re helping Connecticut’s young people set a foundation they will build on throughout their lives,” said Governor Malloy.  “Literacy is not just a skill, it’s the key to achieving success in just about any endeavor our young people aspire to.  By reinforcing these skills at an early age, we can make sure that make sure our young people have the tools to turn their dreams into reality.”

 

“Providing an opportunity for every child to develop good reading skills at an early age is not only critical to their future as individuals, but to the future of Connecticut,” Lt. Governor Wyman said.  “This intervention program can truly change lives, and help solidify the long-term economic direction of our state. The investment we are making today will pay us back dramatically and lead directly to a better quality of life for our children, now and when they become adults.”

 

Public Act 12-116, An Act Concerning Education Reform, targets $1.77 million in funding to support 25 new positions, one literacy coach and four reading interventionists in each of the five schools, who will help implement new instructional practices, individualized academic interventions based on student needs, and data monitoring strategies to improve literacy instruction.

 

As mandated by the new education reform law, elementary schools from the ten education reform districts were eligible to apply for the K-3 Literacy Initiative pilot.  Selections were made following a competitive application process that included school-site interviews.  The schools are:

 

·         Anna E. Norris Elementary School – East Hartford

·         Latino Studies Academy at Burns School – Hartford

·         John Barry Elementary School – Meriden

·         Truman Elementary School – New Haven

·         Windham Center Elementary School – Windham

 

Connecticut Commissioner Stefan Pryor said, “There is compelling evidence that an intensive focus on literacy, particularly for those identified as struggling early readers, can have a dramatic impact on a child’s future school success.  The General Assembly, particularly members of the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus, deserves great credit for making early reading a priority as part of education reform this year.  We look forward to building on this commitment.”

 

The literacy specialist assigned to each school will provide embedded professional development for one year, supporting the principal and other school personnel in the development of reading instruction best practices.  The four reading interventionists will be deployed to provide intensive, individualized, and data-driven instruction for all students reading below proficiency.

 

As conditions for selection as a K-3 Literacy Initiative pilot school, each school will assign its principal or assistant principal to monitor adherence to the new literacy program, organize a cohesive literacy team that meets regularly and uses data to examine student work and plan instruction, and provide uninterrupted daily literacy instruction periods of at least 120 minutes in duration, among other ongoing responsibilities.

 

Connecticut has one of the largest reading gaps in the nation.  More than one-third of low income (defined as eligible for free or reduced price lunch) in Connecticut enter formal kindergarten classes already behind their peers.  By the end of grade three, just 26% of Hispanic and African-American students read at Goal level on state mastery tests.  Lacking intensive interventions, these students "http:////#there">there further behind their peers each year, limiting their chances of future academic success.

 

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For Immediate Release: August 21, 2012

Contact: Jim Polites

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Governor Malloy on July Job's Report

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy issued the following statement regarding today’s release of the Connecticut Department of Labor’s monthly “Labor Situation” report for July 2012.

“I am skeptical about the jobs numbers released today.  The employer survey states that Connecticut added more than 5,000 private sector jobs in the month of July.  The household survey suggests the state lost 15,100 jobs during that same time period.  That’s a difference of more than 20,000 jobs.  A gap of this magnitude between these two surveys has never happened in the 22 years they’ve been conducted.

To buy into the household survey number you’d have to believe that Connecticut lost 503 jobs every day during the month of July, and there’s just no evidence to suggest that happened.  Unemployment claims have drifted upward, but not at a rate that justifies the household survey number.

“Hence the skepticism.

“Here’s what we do know.  First, as people flood back into the job market because they’re optimistic they can find work, the unemployment rate goes up.  Second, it’s going to take more than 20 months to turn around a state economy that failed, on a net basis, to grow jobs for more than 20 years.  Third, while we’d like to think we completely control our own economic fate, we don’t.  Like virtually every other state, we’re struggling because the national recovery is struggling.  And fourth, the uncertainty in Europe continues to act like a lead weight on our backs.

“The phrase ‘worst economic downturn since the Great Depression’ is used so often, we’ve become immune to the words.  But they’re true.  So, it should come as a surprise to no one that pulling the country and our state out of that downturn is hard.  Really hard.

“But let me be clear: we are making progress, and I have every confidence we’ll continue to make progress.  Just yesterday, we announced an agreement that will retain more than 1,200 high paying jobs with good benefits and create up to 1,000 more in our state.  It’s also important to remember that the private sector in Connecticut has created more than 23,000 jobs since January of 2011, according to the employer survey.

“I have no doubt that some are going to use this data to advance an agenda.  I’m a politician, I get it.  But the people of Connecticut need to see beyond the political rhetoric and understand the realities.

“Most of all, the people of Connecticut need to know that my administration continues to work day and night to do whatever we can to foster economic growth.  We remain committed to creating good-paying jobs that have good benefits, and we remain committed to making an economic recovery a reality.”

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For Immediate Release: August 16, 2012


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THURSDAY: GOV. MALLOY CONTINUES "STILL REVOLUTIONARY" TOURISM CAMPAIGN IN NORTHEASTERN CONN.

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Will Visit Destinations in Ashford, Woodstock, Pomfret, Canterbury & Storrs

 

(HARTFORD, CT) – On Thursday, Governor Dannel P. Malloy will continue his promotional visits of state tourism destinations with stops scheduled in Ashford, Woodstock, Pomfret, Canterbury and Storrs.  The visits are part of the Governor’s summer-long effort to highlight the role Connecticut’s hospitality, tourism and recreation attractions play in strengthening the state’s overall economy.

 

The visits include a tour of the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp; a visit to the Mansion at Bald Hill, a historic landmark that has taken on a new life as a premiere restaurant and bed and breakfast; a stop at Roseland Cottage, a national historic landmark; lunch at the Vanilla Bean Café; a tour of Sharpe Hille Vineyard, known for its delicious homemade recipes and rare teas; a visit to the Prudence Crandall Museum; and finally a stop at the UConn Dairy Bar for a tour of the facility.

 

ConnecticutÂ’s hospitality and tourism industry employs more than 110,000 people, generates $1.15 billion in state and local tax revenue and is responsible for $11.5 billion in spending, according to 2011 statistics.

 

The Governor’s promotional tour follows the unveiling in May of the state’s new “Still Revolutionary” marketing campaign, a new initiative that will boost revenues and draw attention to the state’s distinctive attractions and extraordinary destinations through an aggressive marketing campaign.  The Governor has since made similar promotional visits to a variety of tourist destinations throughout the state.

 

 

WHO: Governor Malloy

WHAT: Governor Malloy visits the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp

WHEN: Thursday, August 16, 2012; 9:00 a.m.

WHERE: Hole in the Wall Gang Camp; 565 Ashford Center Road, Ashford

 

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WHO: Governor Malloy

WHAT: Governor Malloy visits the Mansion at Bald Hill

WHEN: Thursday, August 16, 2012; 10:00 a.m.

WHERE: Mansion at Bald Hill; 29 Plaine Road, South Woodstock

 

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WHO: Governor Malloy

WHAT: Governor Malloy visits Roseland Cottage

WHEN: Thursday, August 16, 2012; 11:05 a.m.

WHERE: Roseland Cottage; 556 Route 169, Woodstock

 

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WHO: Governor Malloy

WHAT: Governor Malloy visits the Vanilla Bean Café

WHEN: Thursday, August 16, 2012; 11:55 a.m.

WHERE: Vanilla Bean Café; 450 Deerfield Road, Pomfret

 

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WHO: Governor Malloy

WHAT: Governor Malloy visits Sharpe Hill Vineyard

WHEN: Thursday, August 16, 2012; 12:40 p.m.

WHERE: Sharpe Hill Vineyard; 108 Wade Road, Pomfret

 

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WHO: Governor Malloy

WHAT: Governor Malloy visits the Prudence Crandall Museum

WHEN: Thursday, August 16, 2012; 1:45 p.m.

WHERE: Prudence Crandall Museum; 1 South Canterbury Road, Canterbury

 

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WHO: Governor Malloy

WHAT: Governor Malloy visits the UConn Dairy Bar

WHEN: Thursday, August 16, 2012; 3:05 p.m.

WHERE: UConn Dairy Bar; 3636 Horsebarn Road Extension, Storrs

 

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For Immediate Release: August 15, 2012

Contact: David Bednarz

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Medical Marijuana: The Business Cost

Medical Marijuana: The Business Cost

Business people, doctors and politicians stir the pot regarding legalization’s toll on the Connecticut workplace

 

"http://sbcselpa.org/media//#visit_us">Gov. Dannel Malloy has made the sanctioned use of medical marijuana official. On May 31 he signed legislation allowing Connecticut residents to legally obtain the drug if a physician has determined it will help assuage the effects of a serious medical condition.

The effect this new law will have on businesses remains hazy, and few companies are willing to speculate or even discuss how they might need to adjust their policies regarding employee performance in the workplace to accommodate the legislation.

Aetna, one of the stateÂ’s major employers, declined to comment through spokesperson " _online" online.usan Millerick, Likewise, Andre Williams, director of media relations at General Electric, another of ConnecticutÂ’s corporate titans, preferred not to comment. They are typical of companies that appear to be shying away from the issue, at least for now.

H.B. 5389, “An Act Concerning the Palliative Use of Marijuana,” gained " _online" online.enate approval by a comfortable margin, with 21 senators voting in favor of the measure, 13 opposed to it. The House approved the bill in April by a 96-51 vote.

The new law makes Connecticut the 17th state to approve use of marijuana for medical purposes. The District of Columbia also has decriminalized its medicinal application.

MarijuanaÂ’s active ingredient, delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, affects nerve cells and can impede normal physiological functioning. While under the influence of marijuana, for example, a user could also become disoriented and experience cognitive problems such as memory, perception and coordination impairment, according to medical experts.

Marijuana has been used for medical purposes, however, to help relieve symptoms and effects of ailments ranging from asthma to glaucoma to multiple sclerosis to cancer.

“This legislation is about accomplishing one objective: providing relief to those with severe medical illnesses,” said Malloy in a statement released immediately after the bill cleared the " _online" online.enate hurdle in May. But he also acknowledged lingering skepticism.

“I understand many of the concerns raised by opponents,” Malloy stated. “We don’t want Connecticut to follow the path pursued by some other states, which essentially would legalize marijuana for anyone willing to find the right doctor and get the right prescription. In my opinion, such efforts run counter to federal law. Under this proposal, however, the [state] Department of Consumer Protection [DCP] will be able to carefully regulate and monitor the medicinal use of this drug in order to avoid the problems encountered in some other states.”

 

At the Connecticut District Office of the U. " _online" online. " _online" online.mall Business Administration ( " _online" online.BA) in Hartford, administrators have fielded few, if any, questions about how to address the medical marijuana law, according to District Director Bernard " _online" online.weeney. But even if it did, the office would not be able to help a business draft and/or implement policy.

“By virtue of us being a federal agency that really only does loans and management counseling, we wouldn’t get involved in issues like that,” says " _online" online.weeney.

One interesting development the office has experienced, however, is a few calls from people interested in starting a marijuana growing and/or dispensary operation.

That too would lie outside " _online" online.BAÂ’s jurisdiction. In fact, the new law specifically designates the consumer protection commissioner as the responsible agent for establishing standards and licensing qualifications for no more that ten producers throughout the state. The commissioner is charged with setting a maximum number of dispensaries, drafting regulations for their operation, and ensuring that only licensed pharmacists be approved to operate them.

The new law specifically lists glaucoma, multiple sclerosis and cancer as among several “debilitating medical condition[s]” for which marijuana can be used. A physician must recommend it as a remedy in writing, and the user must register with the DCP before beginning treatment.

However, the stateÂ’s medical community does not necessarily concur with lawmakers about the extent of marijuanaÂ’s medicinal attributes. The Connecticut " _online" online.tate Medical " _online" online.ociety, along with the Connecticut chapter of the American " _online" online.ociety of Addiction Medicine, issued a testimonial statement in March opposing the bill. Three months later, it stands by that opposition.

“The Connecticut " _online" online.tate Medical " _online" online.ociety continues to have concern about smoking marijuana for medicinal purposes,” asserts a recent release from Audrey Honig Geragosian, C " _online" online.M " _online" online.’ director of communications. “There is inadequate scientific evidence to suggest its benefits outweigh either concern for patient and public safety or the long-term health risks posed by ingestion through smoking.”

C " _online" online.M " _online" online. President Michael M. Krinsky, MD notes that the Massachusetts Medical " _online" online.ociety also opposes the use of medical marijuana. The measure is being considered in the Bay " _online" online.tate; if the state legislature doesnÂ’t act on a bill that would legalize medical marijuana use, voters could be able to decide the issue via a ballot question this November.

“The regulations [for Connecticut] have not been written yet, so anything anybody is thinking would be pure speculation,” says Krinsky. “We have no guidance whatsoever. If anything, [physicians should] wait and see how things are written.”

Krinsky stresses that C " _online" online.M " _online" online. emphasizes “evidence-based medicine,” and that there also are federal laws that must be abided. He also notes the cost for those who do receive medical marijuana prescriptions might be restrictive for some patients.

“Just because it’s legal doesn’t mean insurers are going to cover it,” he says, adding, “It’s a very complicated issue on so many different levels.”

As far as the workplace is concerned, " _online" online.BA’s " _online" online.weeney echoes the opinion of many when he offers that the bill is directed toward patients with “numerous health issues” and those who are “seriously ill.” People with such debilitating medical impairments, many maintain, are unlikely to maintain a daily work "http://www.ninecakes.com/media/buyonline//#buy__online"> outside the home.

Malloy himself, in his statement lauding " _online" online.enate passage of the legislation, noted the “thousands of people in Connecticut who will likely benefit from this legislation as the struggle with debilitating and life-threatening illnesses.”

However, the law does not bar workforce participation for employees using medical marijuana.

 

"/#there">On the contrary, the law states that, except in situations involving federal law or for which securing federal funds would be jeopardized, an employer cannot fire or decline to hire a person because that person uses medical marijuana. “No employer,” states the bill, “may refuse to hire a person or may discharge, penalize or threaten an employee solely on the basis of such person’s or employee’s status as a qualifying patient or primary caregiver.”

Dr. Michael M. Krinsky a Harrtofrd Neurologist took the helm of the Connecticut " _online" online.tate Medical " _online" online.ociety last " _online" online.eptember and quickly found himself in disagreement with lawmakeers over Medical Marijuana.

" _online" online.till, while supporting employee rights, the new legislation also tries to be mindful of employer needs. The bill stipulates that marijuana cannot be ingested in the workplace, among other prohibited locations, and its medical use is allowable only to the extent that it does not endanger the well-being or health of another person.

In addition, the measure recognizes the possibility of work-performance concerns and states that the bill should not be interpreted as restricting “an employer’s ability to prohibit the use of intoxicating substances during work hours” or “any employer’s ability to discipline an employee for being under the influence of intoxicating substances during work hours.”

 

Then, there is the proverbial elephant in the room: the concern that the medical marijuana law would be utilized to obtain marijuana by persons who do not have serious medical conditions.

" _online" online.ome in the medical community, including members of the Connecticut " _online" online.ociety of Eye Physicians, take issue with a least one of the law’s specified “palliative use[s] of marijuana.” During public hearing testimony opposing the legislation in March, Trumbull ophthalmologist " _online" online.teven Thornquist, a past president and current legislative chair of the Connecticut " _online" online.ociety of Eye Physicians, voiced that concern.

“Our concern specifically is with listing glaucoma, a condition that is rarely debilitating and that is not responsive to any palliative effect that has been attributed to marijuana,” stated Thornquist, who said he was representing “over 90 percent of the ophthalmologists in Connecticut and the American Academy of Ophthalmology, representing 29,000 members.”  Thornquist went on to say that vision loss, “the primary symptom that occurs with glaucoma, does not abate in response to marijuana so there is no opportunity to use it for a palliative effect.”

And if people who do not need medical marijuana find a way to obtain it anyway, the situation then becomes a law-enforcement issue.

But the law’s supporters are just as adamant. " _online" online.tate "/books/buyxanaxonline//#there">there. Penny Bacchiochi (R-52) of " _online" online.omers began to champion what she referred to as “the therapeutic effects of marijuana” after seeing her husband suffer through the debilitating side effects of radiation and chemotherapy. And New Haven " _online" online.tate " _online" online.en. Martin Looney (D-11), majority leader, noted in hearing testimony that not only would the legislation help “citizens with certain debilitating medical conditions,” it also would benefit the state through “the generation of sales tax revenue created by [medical marijuana] dispensaries.”

" _online" online.o, it seems as if the full impact on the workforce and in the workplace of the new medical marijuana legislation has yet to be measured. And for better or for worse, it appears that the impact will be fully realized only after the new law has taken effect.

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