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What's New 2012
In March, 2012 we released our newest report entitled “Bullying in Connecticut’s Schools: Implementation of Public Act 08-160” to highlight particularly effective anti-bullying policies and strategies. The findings and "best practices" that our report uncovered in eleven participating Connecticut districts will assist schools and districts statewide in accepting the increased responsibility for protecting children that was prescribed by the 2008 statute.
We released our final “Keep Kids in School: Improving School Discipline” report in February, 2011 that showcases policies and practices that successfully solve disciplinary challenges without removing students from school. We shared copies of the report with state legislators and education officials, as well as to school districts statewide. Every school board chairman and member, as well as every high school and middle school principal, received a copy.
Our 2010 research in the Hamden, CT school district was included in a 5-state collaborative Appleseed report entitled “The Same Starting Line: How School Boards Can Erase the Opportunity Gap Between Poor and Middle-Class Children”
that was released in 2011.
During 2010 Connecticut Appleseed spearheaded a collaboration of financial institutions, community partners, and state and federal banking regulators to connect unbanked and underbanked state residents with mainstream financial services – including affordable checking, savings, and credit opportunities. The goal of this “Bank on Connecticut” project is to provide better banking products and services and wider financial education for state residents currently using fringe financial services. Pilot tests are underway in 2011-12 that team CTE and Citi in Stamford, NEON and Citi in Norwalk, Family Services Woodfield and both Citi and Chase Bank in Bridgeport, Start Bank and Junta for Progressive Action in New Haven and Webster Bank and Team, Inc. in Derby.
Our“Hartford H.E.L.P.” program will continue to provide free legal assistance to homeless individuals at two Hartford shelters at least through 2012. During its initial 24 months, free clinics alternating between Mercy Shelter and the House of Bread on Tuesday mornings assisted more than 300 individuals. Connecticut Appleseed recruited local attorneys and law students, prompted and oversaw development of a training manual for volunteer lawyers and administers the program.
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