Bridgeport

This Is What Happens When You Play Politics With Education Funding! Harding Students Take To The Street To Demand Answers

I don’t want to hear that kids don’t care about schools ever again! Bridgeport students proved that they absolutely care, even if the information they received was erroneous. On the same day that Gov. Dannel Malloy vetoed the Republican budget plan, Harding High School students in Bridgeport walked out of class and made the 2.5-mile… Continue reading This Is What Happens When You Play Politics With Education Funding! Harding Students Take To The Street To Demand Answers

Bridgeport · In the State

Today State Legislators Should Heed The Words Of Connecticut Parents

Here’s something that state leaders should watch! Below is parent and Bridgeport Board of Education candidate Chaila Robinson’s emotional plea for equitable school funding, where she talks about the real impact of the legislature’s neglect: Bridgeport is in a particularly tough situation. The district had to cut paraprofessionals and other support services due to the… Continue reading Today State Legislators Should Heed The Words Of Connecticut Parents

Bridgeport · In the State

Bassick HS Principal Decision: Is This What Happens When AFT Connecticut “Defuses” Parent Trigger?

Connecticut’s parent trigger law, passed in 2010, was supposed to empower parents — but if what’s going on at Bassick High School in Bridgeport is any indication the law isn’t working the way it should. Last week, it was announced that Bassick is getting a new principal. The tenth in less than a decade and… Continue reading Bassick HS Principal Decision: Is This What Happens When AFT Connecticut “Defuses” Parent Trigger?

Bridgeport · In the State

Everything Wrong With Ann Cronin’s Recent Blog Post On The Expansion Of Charter School Seats In Bridgeport

When it comes to the debate on charter schools, in Connecticut or otherwise, flawed arguments are plentiful Opponents of reform often parrot off misleading talking points — see Randi Weingarten’s recent absurd claim that school choice is rooted in segregation —  but Connecticut blogger, Ann Cronin takes it a step further. Not in magnitude, but certainly quantity. Somehow,… Continue reading Everything Wrong With Ann Cronin’s Recent Blog Post On The Expansion Of Charter School Seats In Bridgeport

Bridgeport

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

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

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