Bridgeport · In the State

Guest Post: “Parents Must Get Involved In The Fight For Quality Public Education”

Originally posted on the ConnCAN Blog, this is a guest post from Bridgeport parent Jessica Martinez. Jessica is longtime local education activist and the lead plaintiff in Martinez V. Malloy — a lawsuit currently in the federal courts that challenge the state’s moratorium on magnet schools and charter school cap.  —- As a mother in… Continue reading Guest Post: “Parents Must Get Involved In The Fight For Quality Public Education”

Bridgeport

UPDATE: Caustic Political Environment Nearly Claims Another Victim: Day Later Superintendent Candidate Decides To Give It Another Shot

UPDATE:  It turns out Bridgeport’s superintendent pool is back to two.  On Tuesday, a day after school board members were informed that Angella Katrise Perera was dropping out of the running for superintendent, Perera decided she may “something to offer the district.” Perera had dropped out of the running on Sunday, after receiving “inappropriate” messages… Continue reading UPDATE: Caustic Political Environment Nearly Claims Another Victim: Day Later Superintendent Candidate Decides To Give It Another Shot

Bridgeport · In the State

A History Of Inequity & Resistance: Community and Legislators Get Together For Round Table On Education Justice

What are the emerging patterns of control and resistance? How does the history [of education inequity] connect to issues you identified as being most important? These are just some of the questions a room of about a hundred attendees contemplated at Housatonic Community College last Saturday morning — the start of what Founder and Organizing… Continue reading A History Of Inequity & Resistance: Community and Legislators Get Together For Round Table On Education Justice

Bridgeport

Bridgeport Becomes Safe Haven For All Students

A day after over a hundred Bridgeport residents rallied at City Hall, asking the city council to make the city a “sanctuary cit”y— and basically ignored by Mayor Joseph Ganim— the Bridgeport school board voted 6-0 to make Bridgeport Public Schools a safe haven for undocumented students and families. The Connecticut Post has the story: “Board member… Continue reading Bridgeport Becomes Safe Haven For All Students

Bridgeport · Hartford · In the State · New Haven

If Charter Schools Are “Discriminating” Against English Language Learners, Then So Are Magnet Schools

Can we please have a real discussion on charter school demographics? I say this because the misrepresentation of facts on the subject has gotten seriously out of hand. Last week, former state legislator-turned-blogger Jonathan Pelto attacked Bridgeport charter schools, claiming that they refuse to educate their fair share English Language Learners and other students that require additional services (He… Continue reading If Charter Schools Are “Discriminating” Against English Language Learners, Then So Are Magnet Schools

Bridgeport · In the State

On Eve Of Trump’s Inauguration, In Bridgeport, Immigrant Justice Activists Rallied For Education Equity and Sanctuary

On the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration, a group often overlooked demanded to be heard: Bridgeport’s Spanish-speaking and immigrant parents. Yesterday, about a dozen parents and students organized by Make The Road, an immigrants’ rights group, marched in front of Bassick High School — one of lowest performing high schools in the state — brandishing… Continue reading On Eve Of Trump’s Inauguration, In Bridgeport, Immigrant Justice Activists Rallied For Education Equity and Sanctuary

Bridgeport · In the State

New Beginnings Family Academy’s Ronelle P. Swagerty Schools Detractors On Charter Innovation

As of late, collaboration between charter schools and traditional public schools has been a big topic of discussion in Connecticut — specifically, whether charters are working as the “laboratories for innovation” that they were meant to be (which, in itself, is debatable). The reason for the sudden uptick in focus is pretty obvious. With the governor announcing… Continue reading New Beginnings Family Academy’s Ronelle P. Swagerty Schools Detractors On Charter Innovation

Bridgeport · Hartford · In the State

Education Bills To Watch: Rundown Of What’s Been Proposed By The State Legislature So Far

The General Assembly’s Education Committee met for the first time during the 2017 legislative session this afternoon. While, it’s bit early to tell what will happen this session, even at this juncture, there are already important education issues on the table. Here’s a quick rundown of a few education bills to watch in upcoming session:… Continue reading Education Bills To Watch: Rundown Of What’s Been Proposed By The State Legislature So Far

Bridgeport · In the State

Bridgeport Teachers Speak Out On Effects Of High Superintendent Turnover

Over the last year, the state’s three largest school districts – Bridgeport, New Haven and Hartford – abruptly lost their superintendents to resignation. This revolving door of school leaders is nothing new for Connecticut’s urban school districts and unfortunately, falls in line with trends across the country. Hartford has gone through nearly a dozen superintendents over… Continue reading Bridgeport Teachers Speak Out On Effects Of High Superintendent Turnover

Bridgeport

Bridgeport BOE Elect Joe Larcheveque As Chair; Resume Meetings

The Bridgeport Board of Education was full of surprises last night —  after months of division, during their yearly organizational meeting, members unanimously voted in favor of electing Republican Joe Larcheveque as their chair. The nomination came as a shock even to Larcheveque, who appeared startled when Howard Gardner announced he was nominating him for… Continue reading Bridgeport BOE Elect Joe Larcheveque As Chair; Resume Meetings