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The 32 fourth graders in Mirtha Sebelen’s class on Long Island see a lot of red and blue. Sebelen color codes everything she writes on her whiteboard. She uses the red marker for Spanish, blue for English. Studies show this dual language model is what New York schools should use to teach English learners. But most don’t.

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Connecticut grapples with disparity in public education. Now, hedge fund billionaire Ray Dalio has pledged $100 million to help close the gap. That is, as long as the state and others match the funds. A foundation run by Dalio’s wife has shaped public education in the state for nearly two decades.

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The cap on charter schools in New York is unlikely to be raised this year, due to changing political dynamics in the Democratic- led New York State legislature, and opposition from the teachers union.

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Standardized math testing for grades 3 through 8 in New York will wrap up in May. Many schools will implement paper testing this week, after state education officials cancelled computer-based testing due to a software glitch this month.

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Hedge fund mogul Ray Dalio and his wife, Barbara, have pledged to donate $100 million to help public education in Connecticut. The pledge through Dalio Philanthropies is part of a $300 million public-private partnership with the state announced in East Hartford on Friday by Governor Ned Lamont.

Lamont told a crowd of students at East Hartford High School that this is the largest known philanthropic donation to benefit the state.