What's New 2014
We’re following up on our 2011 release of “Keep Kids in School: Improving School Discipline” report which showcased policies and practices that successfully solve disciplinary challenges without removing students from school. Every school board chairman and member in the state, every high school and middle school principal, and every state legislator and education official, received a copy.
With pro bono help from Cigna’s Legal Department, we’re presently updating that report with information from 13 additional school districts that are successfully coping with the challenges of school discipline. We’ll distribute that in-depth, updated report in 2015.
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 responsibi
lity for protecting children that was prescribed by the 2008 statute.
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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