Goodwin College breaks ground on Early Childhood Magnet School

Created on Wednesday, 07 November 2012 13:05
Written by Christian Mysliwiec   

A rapidly-expanding Goodwin College held a ground-breaking ceremony for the Goodwin College Early Childhood Magnet School on Tuesday, July 10. The site, located next to the Willowbrook Early Childhood School, is part of Goodwin's River Campus, and will be home to a 34,000-square-foot facility. The estimated cost of the project is $16 million.

The school will teach 120 pre-kindergarteners and 120 kindergarteners, mostly selected by lottery from all over the capitol region. Fifteen percent of enrollment slots will be set aside for children of Goodwin College students and employees, as well as for children of neighboring businesses. The magnet school will provide the first step in Goodwin's vision of offering a full spectrum of education to the community, from the early childhood level to college.

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House Sends PLA Bill To Malloy

Created on Saturday, 03 November 2012 15:07
Written by Hugh McQuaid   

A bill allowing public entities to require the use of project labor agreements cleared the House of Representatives Monday and will now head to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s desk.

The legislation, which passed the Senate last week with bipartisan support, easily passed the House in a 109-37 vote.

The permissive language, which allows labor unions to negotiate working conditions, was added to a bill allowing construction companies to both design and build highway projects. PLAs are pre-hiring agreements that cover the terms and conditions of a construction project.

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Project Labor Agreement Bill Clears Senate With Broad Support

Created on Saturday, 03 November 2012 14:58
Written by Hugh McQuaid   

The Senate approved a bill late Wednesday night giving municipalities the option to negotiate project labor agreements for public construction projects.

The permissive language, which allows labor unions to negotiate working conditions, was added to a bill allowing construction companies to both design and build highway projects.

PLAs are pre-hiring agreements that cover the terms and conditions of a construction project. Proponents of the agreements argue that they ensure work and safety standards and facilitate the timely completion of projects.

However, others say the agreements favor labor unions at the expense of non-union contractors.

The legislation comes four months after a Supreme Court decision allowed Electrical Contractors Inc., a non-union company, to sue the Hartford Board of Education. The contractor had won a bid and declined to sign a PLA to build two schools in Hartford.

The Supreme Court decision opened the door for future litigation against communities that called for project labor agreements. However, the bill the Senate passed puts into statute the option to require PLAs.

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