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Sen. Bernie Sanders enters the 2020 race for president. Also on the Wednesday rundown: Tuition or meals? We take you to a state where college students fight food insecurity. Plus, another state's attempt to legalize hemp.

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Public News Service - CT: Education

There are 13,000 manufacturing jobs available in Connecticut. (Pexels/pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Manufacturing is booming in Connecticut and retirees with experience in a variety of fields are needed to become teachers or mentors for the students who will fill those jobs. The growth of manufacturing jobs in the state is not only fueling demand for trained workers. Ther

More that 750,000 people with disabilities are incarcerated in the United States. (USA-Reiseblogger/pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – The criminal justice reform bill making its way through Congress will help thousands of people with disabilities re-enter their communities. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 32 percent of people in federal prisons and 40 percent of all people in jail in the Un

Though Latinos are 25 percent of the student population in Connecticut, only 4 percent of teachers in the state are Latino. (pxhere)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Connecticut's 130,000 Latino students often face policies that put them at a disadvantage, according to a new report. The study from Connecticut Voices for Children found that Latino children are twice as likely to be suspended from school as white students, have higher rate

The young people known as Dreamers will be able to apply for financial aid to Connecticut public colleges starting in January 2020. (ihsanadity/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – "Dreamers" will soon be able to receive institutional financial aid to attend Connecticut's public colleges and universities. On Wednesday night, 13 Republicans joined 78 Democrats in the state House of Representatives to give final passage to the bill that will let undocumen

Student achievement gaps between rich and poor school districts in Connecticut are among the largest in the nation. (markusspiske/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – A lawsuit challenging Connecticut's public education funding system goes before the state Supreme Court Thursday. The suit originally was filed in 2005, and a year ago a trial court judge ordered the state to submit proposals to overhaul the system of education aid to citie

Inequitable school funding has contributed to growing racial disparities in income. (StockSnap/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut is creating more low-wage jobs while more money flows to top earners - those are the findings of a new report. The 2017 State of Working Connecticut report, from Connecticut Voices for Children, shows the state still is struggling to recover from the Great Reces

Budgets proposed by Gov. Dannel Malloy and state legislators all cut spending on children's programs and services to record lows. (Dannel Malloy/Flickr)

HARTFORD, Conn. – An analysis of four proposed state budgets finds they all would cut critical spending on programs for children to record lows and still fail to address the causes of the deficit. The proposals - from Gov. Dannel Malloy, House Republicans and Democrats, and Senate Republican

A new report says investing in education and infrastructure attracts businesses. (Andrew Gusciora/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. – A new report suggests Connecticut's quality of life and business environment are better than state leaders appear to believe. Like most states, Connecticut suffered job losses and economic decline when the Great Recession hit - and since then, perceptions of the state's econo

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