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Are We Investing In Our Teachers?

West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona. Across the country, teachers have been striking for better wages. This hour, we talk about the challenges facing public school teachers nationwide and here in Connecticut. Have we invested enough in the professionals who educate the next generation?

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  • Michelle Hackman - Education reporter for the Wall Street Journal (@MHackman)
  • Adam Risch - Band teacher at Mountain View High School in Mesa, AZ
  • Dr. Richard Schwab - Raymond Neag Endowed Professor of Educational Leadership at UConn’s Neag School of Education. He also served on the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future from 2002-2017
  • Karen Lott - Executive director of the Women’s League Child Development Director and a former principal of Milner School in Hartford
  • Patrice McCarthy - Deputy director and general counsel for Connecticut Association of Boards of Education


The Wall Street Journal: The New Test for Cash-Strapped U.S. States: Teacher Protests - “Phoenix physics teacher Mike Vargas and his colleagues at Pinnacle High School tried for years to seek raises from their local district. This year they are taking their demands to a much larger venue: the state capital.”

The New York Times: Teacher Pay Is So Low in Some U.S. School Districts That They’re Recruiting Overseas- “As walkouts by teachers protesting low pay and education funding shortfalls spread across the country, the small but growing movement to recruit teachers from overseas is another sign of the difficulty some districts are having providing the basics to public school students.”

CT Mirror: With no court mandate, what’s next for school funding?  - “When Connecticut legislators last fall voted to phase-in changes in how the state funds public schools so more aid gets to the neediest districts, many touted it as the right thing to do.”

Lucy leads Connecticut Public's strategies to deeply connect and build collaborations with community-focused organizations across the state.
Carmen Baskauf was a producer for Connecticut Public Radio's news-talk show Where We Live, hosted by Lucy Nalpathanchil from 2017-2021. She has also contributed to The Colin McEnroe Show.

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