New Haven to reopen classrooms for some special education students


NEW HAVEN — The school district will reopen 11 special education classrooms for in-person learning despite the rest of the buildings remaining closed for the first 10 weeks of the semester.

The Board of Education’s vote to allow schools to reopen for 11 special education classrooms is a step toward loosening its directive to keep schools closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


Director of Student Services Typhanie Jackson appealed to the board for the change as the state mandates specific evaluations for special education students and the state Department of Education has not granted waivers, so

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Trump Threatens New Haven School Funding Over Trans Athlete Policy

The Trump administration has threatened to cut funding for magnet schools in New Haven, Connecticut, over a state policy that allows trans athletes to compete with others of their gender in the state’s athletic conference.

New Haven school board members said the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights told the district to sign a document requiring them to ban transgender athletes from competing under their own gender.

School board member Ed Joyner said the district plans to fight the move.

“The Office of Civil Rights — I don’t feel comfortable calling them that now — are using this example to take money from us that really, most of it is devoted to academic learning and the resources we need to educate our kids,” Joyner said.

New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker said the board is ready to fight the move.

“This is effectively extortion, where the federal government is

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University of New Haven Opens Pioneering Bergami Center for Science, Technology, and Innovation

During the virtual unveiling of the University’s Bergami Center for Science, Technology, and Innovation, the University community celebrated the creation of the cutting-edge facility in the heart of campus and the myriad learning experiences it will cultivate for students of all disciplines.

August 27, 2020

By Renee Chmiel, Office of Marketing and Communications

The Bergami Center for Science, Technology, and Innovation.

Tiara Starks ’22 is looking forward to the many opportunities she will have in the University’s new Bergami Center for Science, Technology, and Innovation. A communication major minoring in business management, she is especially excited to work with the cutting-edge equipment in the high-tech communication studio and to collaborating with her business classmates in the building’s new “huddle rooms.”

“We’re really eager to work in this beautifully designed center with state-of-the-art equipment,” she said. “We’re also excited because it truly is a multidisciplinary space. The Center belongs to all

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University of New Haven to Virtually Unveil Transformational Bergami Center for Science, Technology, and Innovation

The new $35 Million, 45,000 square-foot academic building in the heart of campus will foster collaborative learning across multiple disciplines.

August 25, 2020

The new Bergami Center for Science, Technology, and Innovation.

The University of New Haven will virtually unveil its transformational Bergami Center for Science, Technology, and Innovation on Tuesday, August 25 at 5:30 p.m.

Originally planned pre-COVID as an in-person grand opening, the much anticipated event will now be a virtual opening as students on the West Haven campus return to classes this week for the Fall 2020 semester. Students began using the Center on Monday.

The virtual ribbon-cutting and remarks from University President Steven H. Kaplan, Ph.D., chief benefactor Samuel S. Bergami Jr. ’85 EMBA, ’02 Hon, and junior communication major Tiara Starks will be followed by a conversation featuring theoretical physicist, futurist, and best-selling author Michio Kaku. The ceremony will be highlighted by a virtual tour

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