Common Core, and News Junkie featured on ‘Behind the News’ this week

A discussion on the Common Core educational standards and an interview with a journalist better known as the “CT News Junkie” will be featured on “Behind the News,” HAN Radio’s weekly news talk show.

The show, hosted by veteran newspaper editors Kate Czaplinski, Joshua Fisher and John Kovach, will air live Friday, April 18 at noon on (accessible at

The radio operation is part of Hersam Acorn Newspaper, which publishes the Shelton Herald newspaper and website.

Common Core controversy

The adoption of Common Core has been the topic of heated debate lately — not just in Connecticut but throughout the country. Friday’s radio show will feature a discussion from two sides of the Common Core argument.

Discussing the pros and cons of the new educational standards will be Stephen P. Wright, a Trumbull resident and former chairman of the Trumbull Board of Education, along with Maria Naughton of New Canaan, a former teacher, educational consultant and newspaper columnist.

Wright, an attorney with Goldman Gruder & Woods, serves on the state Board of Education and is a member of the Government Affairs Committee for the National State Boards of Education. He is a staunch supporter of the Common Core standards.

Naughton, a mother of four, writes the Education Matters column for the New Canaan Advertiser, another Hersam Acorn publication. She has recently written extensively about her concerns with the new education standards.

State’s political scene, Rowland indictment

Later in Friday’s show, Christine Stuart, better known throughout the state as the journalist behind, will discuss her coverage of the Connecticut political scene, including the recent indictment former Gov. John G. Rowland.

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