Hartford · In the State

Parent Warrior Gwen Samuel Shares Why She Can’t Be Bought: “Our Children Really Need Us To Step Up And Protect Them”

Gwen Samuel, a Meriden mom and the founder of the Connecticut Parents Union, shares her story, explaining why she can’t be brought by either side of the education debate: Shirley Chisholm said  “There is little place in the political scheme of things for an independent, creative personality, for a fighter. Anyone who takes that role must… Continue reading Parent Warrior Gwen Samuel Shares Why She Can’t Be Bought: “Our Children Really Need Us To Step Up And Protect Them”

Hartford · In the State

Judge Rules In Favor Of Sheff Plaintiff: Blocks State Efforts To Shift Integration Standards

It looks like unfilled seats at Hartford Magnet schools will remain unfilled — at least for now. Today, Connecticut Superior Court Judge Marshall K. Berger granted the Sheff plaintiffs’ request for a temporary injunction, blocking the state’s efforts to change integration standards for Hartford area schools.   This decision doesn’t have an immediate effect since… Continue reading Judge Rules In Favor Of Sheff Plaintiff: Blocks State Efforts To Shift Integration Standards

Bridgeport

This Is What Disparity Looks Like: One Bridgeport Parent Pleas For School Board To Visit Schools

“You have to deal with what’s given to you” isn’t how education should work, but that’s exactly how Bridgeport mom Celia Vizcarrondo feels. On Monday night she spoke during Bridgeport’s regular school board meeting, along with other parents organized by the advocacy group Faith Acts. Faith Acts is a non-profit that’s been working for the past… Continue reading This Is What Disparity Looks Like: One Bridgeport Parent Pleas For School Board To Visit Schools

In the State

Can You Say Double Standard? CT Can’t Get A Budget Passed, But Vo-Tech Schools Become Their Own Agency Amidst Scandal

Last month, Nivea L. Torres resigned in disgrace from her post as the Technical High School System’s (CTHSS) superintendent following a state investigation that found she had inappropriately awarded nearly $5 million in contracts to marketing agencies — millions spent improperly that could have aided the struggling school system. Luckily, Connecticut legislators learned from this experience… Continue reading Can You Say Double Standard? CT Can’t Get A Budget Passed, But Vo-Tech Schools Become Their Own Agency Amidst Scandal

In the State

Does Connecticut Ever Follow Through? Another Reform Voted Down Before It’s Implemented

State Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher’s sweeping ruling last fall in the CCJEF v. Rell case was supposed to be a “game-changer.”  It was supposed “upend” Connecticut’s dysfunctional school system, but it seems the legislature is determined to continue business as usual. To see what I mean, look no further than the General Assembly’s unanimous decision to push forward a bill that loosens… Continue reading Does Connecticut Ever Follow Through? Another Reform Voted Down Before It’s Implemented

In the State

Duff And Rojas On Education Funding: Time To Act Is Now

Does the Legislature have the political will to fix Connecticut broken school funding system?  At least two legislators seem to think so. In a recent Op-Ed for Connecticut Viewpoints, State Senator Bob Duff and Jason Rojas, urge fellow legislators to prioritize fixing the formula —  here’s an excerpt: “The lawsuit decided last fall and currently in… Continue reading Duff And Rojas On Education Funding: Time To Act Is Now

Bridgeport · In the State

Are We Really Back Here Again? Fighting Over City-Run After-School Program Boils Over

Does this scene look familiar? It should. pic.twitter.com/G7ZfecJDuv — linda lambeck (@lclambeck) May 23, 2017 (video above is from a tweet by Connecticut Post report Linda Lambeck’s) As you can see, this exchange has happened before. Bridgeport Board of Education member Maria Pereira has been fighting with former City Attorney Mark Anastasi (and the city as… Continue reading Are We Really Back Here Again? Fighting Over City-Run After-School Program Boils Over

Bridgeport · In the State

One Parent Says On Connecticut’s Broken Education Funding System: “Not My City, Not My Son, Not My Children”

“I said not my city, not my son, not my children, not these children” — these are the words of Bridgeport parent Jessica Martinez, who, last Tuesday morning retold the story of how she became active in the fight for educational equity to a room of over 300 onlookers.  Jessica is the lead plaintiff in Martinez… Continue reading One Parent Says On Connecticut’s Broken Education Funding System: “Not My City, Not My Son, Not My Children”

Bridgeport

A Powerful Message From A Bridgeport Teacher In The Wake Of A Police Shooting: These Kids Need Our Help

This past week has been difficult for Bridgeport. On Tuesday, a young boy was killed. 15-year-old Jayson Negron was fatally shot by police, after a block-long pursuit in an allegedly stolen car. His body was left on the street, handcuffed and uncovered for over 7 hours. I wanted to share with my readers a Facebook… Continue reading A Powerful Message From A Bridgeport Teacher In The Wake Of A Police Shooting: These Kids Need Our Help

In the State

Parents Have A Message For Legislators: We Will Hold You Accountable If You Protect Abusers In The Classroom

On Wednesday parents organized by the Connecticut Parents Union and Connecticut Parent University had a message for legislators: We will be holding you accountable.  “We are here to let you know that we will no longer accept excuses for not doing right by our children,” said Michelle Muhammad, one of the rally attendees who spoke… Continue reading Parents Have A Message For Legislators: We Will Hold You Accountable If You Protect Abusers In The Classroom