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

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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

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Bridgeport Board Of Education Appoints New Interim Superintendent

It looks like the Bridgeport Board Of Education is capable of agreeing on something — yesterday evening the school board met as a nine-member panel for the first time in months for a special board meeting, where they unanimously voted to appoint Aresta Johnson to the position of interim superintendent. Johnson, a Waterbury native who… Continue reading Bridgeport Board Of Education Appoints New Interim Superintendent

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FaithActs Hosts Community Forum With MOST Of Bridgeport’s Board of Education

On Monday, November 21, 2016, FaithActs for Education, is hosting a community forum with the Bridgeport Board of Education. The event will take place at Cathedral of Praise, 45 Gregory Street, Bridgeport, CT, at 6:00 PM. “Bridgeport deserves better from its elected Board of Education,” reads the organization’s press release, likely in reference to the… Continue reading FaithActs Hosts Community Forum With MOST Of Bridgeport’s Board of Education

Bridgeport · In the State · New Haven

Connecticut Clergy To General Assembly: It’s Time To Fix Broken School Funding System

On Monday afternoon, a group pastors gathered on the steps of Grace Baptist Church in Norwalk, calling on Connecticut’s General Assembly to take immediate action to fix the state’s broken school funding system. “I implore each citizen of Connecticut to rise up,” said the Rev. Carl McCluster of Shiloh Baptist Church in Bridgeport. “Not against the fair… Continue reading Connecticut Clergy To General Assembly: It’s Time To Fix Broken School Funding System

Bridgeport · Reform · Students

Bridgeport Superintendent Resigns: Yet Another Victim Of Hostile School Board Politics

I should congratulate Maria Pereira! She finally got her way. To the detriment of 21,000 Bridgeport children, she’s finally pushed Superintendent Fran Rabinowitz out of the district. Good Job. With her help, Bridgeport became the third urban school district this month to abruptly lose its superintendent mid-year. In her resignation letter, sent on Wednesday and addressed to school… Continue reading Bridgeport Superintendent Resigns: Yet Another Victim Of Hostile School Board Politics

Bridgeport · New Haven · Students

Sorry, Not Sorry: Recent Events In New Haven Prove “High-Stakes Testing” Is A Complete And Utter Myth

Editor’s note: The following rant is not for the eyes of children. You have been warned. —–   What does the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and high-stakes testing in Connecticut all have in common? Stumped? Well, I hate to break it to you, but none of those things exist.   Have I destroyed your… Continue reading Sorry, Not Sorry: Recent Events In New Haven Prove “High-Stakes Testing” Is A Complete And Utter Myth

Bridgeport · Hartford · Reform · Students

Bridgeport and Hartford Parents Make History! File Groundbreaking Equity Lawsuit Against State Of Connecticut

It’s really no secret that, in Bridgeport, a seat at one of the city’s six high-performing magnet schools is highly coveted. Last year alone, Bridgeport Public Schools received over 6,700 applications from K-8th-grade students, all vying for a chance at hundreds of open slots. Each year, thousands of parents pack open houses, many applying to… Continue reading Bridgeport and Hartford Parents Make History! File Groundbreaking Equity Lawsuit Against State Of Connecticut

Bridgeport · Budgets · Hartford · Reform · Students

Sheff v. O’Neill Turns 20: How Long Will It Take For The State To Fulfill Its Promise To Connecticut Kids?

Last Saturday marked a major anniversary for Connecticut, though you’d never know it. It wasn’t total radio silence, but certainly not the usual fanfare that comes from the 20th anniversary of a seminal supreme court case. The most prominent mention of the landmark Connecticut State Supreme Court Case Sheff v. O’Neill, which turned 20 on… Continue reading Sheff v. O’Neill Turns 20: How Long Will It Take For The State To Fulfill Its Promise To Connecticut Kids?