joel2By Joel Schiavone

This is a second in a series of articles by entrepreneur and New Haven stalwart Joel Schiavone on the management and future of the city. See the first New Haven, Road to Where at this link. You are invited to join the conversation with Joel, by sending your comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for publication. Or you may comment directly on the article. We invite you to share his thoughts as well. 

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In the first of my articles on the New Haven financial situation I tried to point out how the problem was structural and not solvable simply by raising taxes. Sure enough, the City’s only response to an overwhelming deficit for the next couple of years is to raise taxes. I tried to point out that this is a zero sum game, meaning they will never get caught up until the City runs out of money which I expect within the next six months.

yalelawUS News and World Reports released its 2019 Grad School ranking and only one Connecticut University can claim a slam dunk. The report placeed Yale law school as the number one law school in the country.

Yale Law founded in 1824 has 259 full and part time faculty and staff to serve 625 enrolled students in 2018 at a cost $62,170 tuition per year. Besides the high ranking students may be attracted to the grading system. The Law School does not use a traditional grading system. First year students receive no grades, later grades are measured by honors, pass, low pass, credit or failure.

The report highlighted the well known legal clinics at Yale [there are 20], saying, “students can immerse themselves in real-life legal experiences as early as their first year. Students represent real clients in domestic violence disputes, apartment eviction proceedings and more. In addition to clinical experience, students can test their legal smarts in workshops and on-campus centers.”

uconn torringtonTORRINGTON: UConn has contacted to Torrington city leaders to offer the municipality the first chance to buy the University’s property that had as UConn’s regional campus until mid-2016.

The former mini campus has three buildings on 95-acres, where the University ended academic programs in mid-2016 due to dwindling enrollment.

EdAdvance, one of Connecticut’s six Regional Education Service Centers (RESCs), has expressed an interest in buying the M. Adela Eads Classroom Building and property around it for use in the educational programming it offers for 24 school districts in western and northwestern Connecticut.