State news roundup for October 27, 2012


Connecticut – Perspectives on Connecticut’s achievement gap: Stratford teacher gives students tolls to face life’s challenges

“I live the achievement gap. It’s my reality, every day.”

That’s what Kristen Record, Connecticut’s 2011 Teacher of the Year [ed note: pictured above], told a crowd of 100 people at the Hartford Public Library today, where she was one of the keynote speakers at the CT Mirror Forum “Perspectives on Connecticut’s Achievement Gap.”

Record, who teaches physics at Bunnell High School in Stratford, says she doesn’t only teach “good students, but all levels of students—from students from affluent two-parent households to students from homes with single parents who work two jobs to make ends meet.”

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New Jersey – NJEA sponsors 9th annual Latino Education Conference

NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Marie Blistan and Executive Director Vince Giordano addressed attendees at the 9th Annual Latino Education Conference at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark on Oct. 19. The conference was presented by The Latino Institute, a private, nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to serve as a bridge between the Latino community, and educational, cultural, governmental, social, and economic institutions.

Blistan, who gave her remarks entirely in Spanish, highlighted the importance of parental involvement in their children’s educations. “We need parents, school employees, community members, business people, and our elected leaders to work collectively and collaboratively to ensure every child can be successful in school and life. As educators, the members of the New Jersey Education Association know firsthand the importance of parental involvement in our public schools. We are so proud to work with you to strengthen your ability to advocate for your children and, in the end, build a stronger relationship with the school community.”

Visit to find out more about the conference.

Colorado – CEA President Kerri Dallman on the importance of voting

Kerrie Dallman, president of the Colorado Education Association, encourages members to vote in the 2012 election. She gives a message that elections are about choices, elections have consequences, and elections matter.

Visit to find out more about Election 2012 in Colorado.

New York – NYSUT testimony addresses testing, achievement gap and more at Education Reform hearing

Invest the time and resources to get it right.

That was the clear message NYSUT leaders delivered to members of the New New York Education Reform Commission in testimony Thursday on Long Island. NYSUT President Dick Iannuzzi and Vice President Maria Neira called for the state to stop its fixation on standardized testing, invest in Empire Partnership Schools in high needs districts, and devote the time and resources needed to implement Common Core Learning Standards and the new teacher/principal evaluation system.

“Our public school system simply does not have the capacity to implement all these reforms at such an unrealistic pace,” Neira told commission members. “There are not enough resources – human and otherwise, and frustration is boiling over.”

Find out more and read the complete testimony at

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