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
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
“There is greatness on the inside” — not only a quote from the Byron V. Garrett book being read throughout Connecticut this week, it also describes what’s going on inside the Connecticut Parents Union’s Parent Express “Tis’ the Season for Reading” bus tour. For the past five years, the Connecticut Parents Union, a parent advocacy… Continue reading Connecticut Parents Union Parent Express: ‘Tis The Season To Be Reading’ Bus Tour Spreads Empowerment and Holiday Cheer
Last week, the state Department of Education announced that more Hartford Public School students attend racially diverse schools than ever before. More than twenty years after the landmark Sheff v. O’Neill case, the city is finally making headway toward its goal of desegregating capital city schools — but there is more to the story. As… Continue reading State Announces Hartford Desegregation Victory, But Is it Really A Victory?
Bridgeport isn’t the only Connecticut city in the market for a new Superintendent. Yesterday, a mere nine days after the start of the school year, it was announced that Hartford —one of the state’s most troubled districts — will lose its Superintendent. Hartford, like Bridgeport, has been plagued by a revolving door of school leaders.… Continue reading Hartford Loses Superintendent Two Weeks After Start Of School Year
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
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?
Thousands of parents and students are expected to descend on the State Capitol’s North Steps tomorrow afternoon, rallying against cuts that could defund hundreds of new charter school seats. The rally to “Save Our Schools” is set for Thursday, May 7 at 4:30 and is being organized by the Coalition For Every Child. If you’re… Continue reading Tomorrow Thousands of Parents Will Rally In Hartford Against Cuts to Charter Schools
It appears my suspicions might be right! The Bridgeport Board of Education cancelled Monday evening’s Facilities Committee Meeting, and replaced it with a Special Board meeting to discuss “possible action” on the state Board of Education’s approval of two new charter schools in Bridgeport. The “possible action” referred to on the agenda remains unknown, but… Continue reading Will the Bridgeport BOE Vote on Legal Action Against State Board?
One glance at Jon Pelto’s blog would reveal a serious, almost obsessive, vendetta against Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor. His recent series of “reports” on Hartford’s Clark School turnaround committee makes it clear, Pelto does not care who gets caught in the cross-fire of his sensationalist scandal-mongering — even if those in the cross-hairs are children… Continue reading Pelto’s Imaginary Controversy Might Come at High Cost to Clark Students