Is the glass half empty or half full? The classic litmus test for optimism. I mention this common rhetorical question because right now I think I may be low on optimism after reading a recent article from The American Prospect, a left-leaning bimonthly magazine, lauding Hartford’s record on desegregation: Hartford, Connecticut, is struggling. Teetering on the… Continue reading Is Our Bar For Successful Desegregation That Low! Are We Really Celebrating Hartford For Desegregating Less Than Half Of The City’s Kids In Twenty Years?
Imagine what could happen if parents and community members were actively involved in the school board process? According to Katherine Villanueva, it’s made a big difference. Villanueva is a mother of three and one of Norwalk’s first Board Watch volunteers. I spoke to her last week during a celebration recognizing Board Watch’s first year: What is… Continue reading [VIDEO] Norwalk’s Board Watch Celebrates Successful Year: Could This Help Other Districts?
Wanted to share with my readers the latest by parent rights advocate and founder of the Connecticut Parent’s Union, Gwen Samuel, where she takes on the normalization of stereotypes about black parents — Check it out: ” The Struggle is still so real – sigh… The stereotypes and prejudgments about Black, brown and poor parents… Continue reading Gwen Samuel: “We Parents Don’t Need Other People’s Permission To Raise Our Children!”
On Monday, the Connecticut Education Association (CEA), the state largest teachers union, announced that they’re planning to file an injunction against the state, attempting to fight back against Gov. Dannel Malloy’s executive order budget, which cuts $557 million from education spending. Now the question is, will filing an injunction prevent cuts? Two towns, Torrington and Brooklyn,… Continue reading Is Another Lawsuit The Answer? Teachers Union Threatens To File Injunction Against State Over Budget
On Thursday, the same day that the landmark state supreme court case CCJEF v. Rell went back to court, Governor Dannel P. Malloy fulfilled his promise to veto the republic budget bill — basically ensuring that no budget is passed before the October 1st deadline. The Connecticut Post has more on this: “While seemingly pushing back… Continue reading Malloy Fulfills Promise To Veto Republican Budget
The budget crisis in Connecticut will be hitting cities hard if state leaders don’t figure out a solution, but that doesn’t mean that the state is totally to blame for the situation places like Hartford are in. A recent blog post by Keven Bookman who manages the Hartford based page We The People wrote something… Continue reading On The Other Hand: Amidst Budget Crisis, Millions Leave District Through Large Salaries To Out Of Towners
I have to agree with Gov. Dannel Malloy, though I think I will expand his statements to include his own party: The GOP budget is a “hot mess,” but so is the alternative. As far as schools are concerned, the biggest difference between the governor’s stop gap budget and the GOP plan is one would… Continue reading What’s A Better Option? No Educational Aid For Some Towns Or Passing A Budget That Gives A 955 Percent Increase To Greenwich Public Schools At The Expense Of Poorer Students?
In case you need a “poster child” for why politics and education don’t go together, recently New Haven’s school board seems to be taking cues from Bridgeport — where infighting and rancor halted their search for a permanent superintendent nearly three years. If you need a refresher, here’s footage from Bridgeport’s last year: At the… Continue reading Doesn’t This Sound Familiar? New Haven School Board Infighting Ends In Halted Superintendent Search
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
With the state budget crisis looming, there’s been lots of talk on the underfunding at traditional public schools. What doesn’t get play is the dire situation charter schools face – especially smaller independent schools like Park City Prep in Bridgeport. As Executive Director and founder of Park City Prep Bruce Ravage, writes, the school was… Continue reading Bruce Ravage: Underfunding At Charters Means Students Often Do Without