May 24, 2017

CT News Junkie:
Dreamers Will Have To Keep Dreaming

“It’s unlikely the House will find enough support for legislation that would give undocumented immigrant students access to financial aid at Connecticut’s public colleges and universities. “We do not have the votes for the Dreamers bill,” House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, admitted. “We’re hoping in the next couple of days maybe folks will re-evaluate their position,” Aresimowicz continued. “Maybe there is some grassroot organizing to change the outcome, but right now we don’t have the votes...”

CT Mirror:
Activist’s Arrest Sets Back College Aid For Undocumented Students

“One activist’s arrest has counteracted months of lobbying for a bill that would have allowed undocumented students to receive financial aid at Connecticut’s public colleges. For years, undocumented immigrant activists and allies have pushed for passage of a bill to grant undocumented students access to the $165-million pot of institutional financial aid at public colleges and universities in the state. Undocumented students pay into the pot with their tuition dollars. In each of the past two sessions, the Senate has approved the bill with bipartisan support. The major hurdle has been the House, which, in the past, has not taken up the measure. That was set to change Tuesday…”

CT Mirror:
Report: CT High School Bullying, Alcohol, Marijuana Use Decrease

“Bullying and alcohol and marijuana use have decreased in Connecticut’s public high schools, says a federal survey on school safety and crime. The survey is published by the U.S. departments of education and justice. Almost one in five Connecticut students — 18.6 percent — reported experiencing bullying on school property in 2015. That was down from 2013, when 21.9 percent reported being bullied. Electronic bullying of Connecticut students also decreased, to 13.9 percent compared to 17.5 percent in 2013. Connecticut implemented a new “cyberbullying” law in 2011 that makes on-line statements subject to academic disciplinary proceedings…”

Rob Kavaler

Rob joined GPS in June 2014, and brings his knowledge of graphic design, photography, social media and other digital media to the firm. Before joining the team, Rob worked as a freelancer for various businesses and organizations in the Greater Hartford area including The Open Hearth Association, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Center for Higher Education Retention Excellence (CHERE) and the West Hartford Summer Arts Festival. Kavaler has designed logos, event programs, brochures, newsletters, posters and other collateral materials. He has photographed events including news conferences, public hearings, concerts, theatrical performances and dance showcases. As a creative person he is always looking for a new challenge, enjoys working closely with clients and strives for the best quality in his work. Rob graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a B.A. in Visual Arts, with a concentration in Digital Art & Design and a minor in Communication.