Melissa in the Morning: Back in Session

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Melissa in the Morning: Back in Session

Connecticut has reported 1,300-1,700 teacher openings across the state. And that doesn’t include hundreds of para professional jobs unfilled as well. We spoke with Fran Rabinowitz about the issue attracting and retaining teachers in our state and how parents should prepare for shortages this school year. ((00:00))

The big talker this summer is the abrupt change to kindergarten age requirements. For the first time, Commissioner Beth Bye, came on the morning show to talk about the trouble with this big change. She also specified what parents may not know about childcare options. ((14:08))

What is school choice and why should Connecticut families be researching K-12 options for their kids? We speak with Krissia from The National School Choice Awareness Foundation about the different choices in Connecticut and resources to help find the best place for your child. ((29:05))

This fall, two early childhood educators at Friends Center for Children will be moving into brand new homes and they will live rent-free. We spoke with the executive director of Friends Center for Children about this program, who qualifies and their housing goal for the near future. ((41:07))

A third intruder break-in was reported since May involving a Yale University student living off campus. Gary MacNamara with Sacred Heart University explains why off-campus students need to change their mindset of security. He also talked about pertinent conversations parents need to have with K-12 students walking to school. ((55:03))

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