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July 23, 2014

Connecticut Special Education Parent Survey   

The AAAC urges parents and other primary child care providers with special education needs to complete the Connecticut Special Education Parent Survey If you need assistance completing the survey, please contact the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center at 1-800-445-CPAC, or by e-mail at

2014 Governor's Summer Reading Challenge   


The 2014 Governor's Summer Reading Challenge was launched at the Connecticut State Library in Hartford. Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Commissioner Pryor and State Librarian, Kendall Wiggin stressed the importance of reading during the summer. Schools compete based on student population and grade level. The program identifies the schools with the highest percentage of participating enrollment and the highest number of books read by participating students. Click here for more info... 

click on link below for a list of Children's Books by African-American Authors.

Children's Books by African American Authors ...

 5/29 is College Savings Plan Day

CHET, - Connecticut Higher Education Trust, is the 529 college savings plan for Connecticut. 529 plans are tax-advantaged investments designed to encourage college savings for children.

Funds invested in CHET accounts can be withdrawn tax-free for qualifying education expenses, and a CT state income tax deduction is available for CHET contributions. 

Visit their website or call (866) 314-3939 to learn more.  


A college scholarship is a monetary award based on criteria given by the awarding party. It can be given on the basis of academic merit, athletic ability, financial need or other criteria specific to the group giving the award.   Educational grants and scholarships are the best kind of financial aid, for one simple reason: it's free money. To make your journey to college a little easier, the African-American Affairs Commission has compiled a listing of available scholarships and information to assist you with your search.  In this booklet you will find a brief description of each scholarship.  Each scholarship contains contact information and/or links that will direct you to the actual scholarship.  Click on the scholarship link provided or cut and paste the website address into your browser.


Financial Aid for Minority Students  

This comprehensive scholarship list includes financial aid opportunities exclusively reserved for African-Americans, Hispanics, women, and other specific minority groups, as well as more generalized awards that are made available to applicants belonging to any underrepresented demographic.


Most Affordable Online Colleges & Universities

Job Corps Accepting New Applications

Job Corp is now accepting applications for those between ages 16 and 24. Job Corps is a federal career training and education program with both residential and non-residential slots. This employment support program for low-income youth is an important stepping stone to preventing homelessness for this vulnerable population. Read the full press release. Click here to learn more about the Job Corps program.

State Launches Common Core Website for Educators and Parents

For Resources and information Visit Common Core State Standards Initiative for more information

The State Department of Education (SDE) launched, a website for Connecticut educators and parents regarding the Common Core State Standards. This online resource is devoted to providing accurate information to foster greater public awareness and concrete supports to aid in the implementation of these new college- and career-ready standards. See News Release below:

News Release



What are the Benefits? Click Here . . .

Connecticut Colleges and Universities

Offering courses in African-American studies


Courses in African-American Studies

   Harvard University Announcement
No Tuition No Student Loans !

Harvard University

Harvard University announced that students from low-income families will not have to pay tuition. In making the announcement, former Harvard University President, Lawrence H. Summers stated, "When only ten percent of the students in elite higher education come from families in the lower half of the income distribution, we are not doing enough. We are not doing enough in bringing elite higher education to the lower half of the income distribution."

If you know of a family earning less than $60,000 a year with an honor student graduating from high school soon, Harvard University wants to pay the tuition. Students from low-income families can go to Harvard for free... no tuition and no student loans!

To find out more about Harvard offering free tuition for families making less than $60,000 a year, visit Harvard's financial aid website at: or call the school's financial aid office at (617) 495-1581.

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