July 5, 2017

CT Mirror:
Education Reform: Feds Find Connecticut's Plan Lacking

“An Incomplete. That’s the grade the U.S. Department of Education (USED) gave Connecticut last week on its plans to meet the requirements of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaced the No Child Left Behind law as the national standard for school accountability. Reviewers at the federal department found the way Connecticut measures the performance of its public schools lacking and its plans to begin tracking the achievement of English learners vague. State officials must now decide whether they want to revise or defend Connecticut’s plan before U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos officially considers whether to approve or reject it…”

CT Post:
State, Feds Disagree Over Student Achievement

“Another mixed review for the state’s plan to boost student achievement — and this one counts. The U.S. Department of Education wants clarification and additional information on the plan Connecticut submitted to comply with the Every Student Succeeds Act. The act replaces No Child Left Behind and gives states much more flexibility in meeting the requirements of the new federal law. “I ask that you revise Connecticut’s consolidated State plan and resubmit it,” Jason Botel, acting assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Education rote in a letter dated June 30 to state Commissioner of Education Dianna Wentzell. The state has 15 days to respond. Eventually, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will be asked to sign off or reject the plan…”

NBC Connecticut:
Supporting Our Schools Supply Drive And How You Can Help

“The first day of school may seem far off in the future, but right now students and teachers are struggling to prepare. Teachers are spending their own money to stock their classrooms with necessary supplies. Many school children and families in the Hartford area start the school year at a disadvantage, without the common items needed to learn. All too often, kids don’t have the school supplies — pens, paper, notebooks and more — that they need to succeed in school…”

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.