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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?

Budgets · Students

Bridgeport Board Of Education Eliminates School Resource Officers

I should congratulate Maria Pereira. She’s finally done it! Her and her buddies have finally figured out a way to cut ties with the city — instead of arguing over the details of the memorandum of understanding between the two entities, as they did for the past few years, they’ve switched to flat-out eliminating services… Continue reading Bridgeport Board Of Education Eliminates School Resource Officers

Bridgeport · Students

How About Wendy Lecker’s Void Of Intellectual Honesty?

On Monday, the Connecticut Post published Deputy Communications Director for Northeast Charter School Network (NECSN) Michael Shulansky’s response to Wendy Lecker’s latest anti-school choice hit piece.  His response is great, in that it calls Lecker’s commentary out for what it is — intellectually dishonest. Lecker, an attorney for the Education Law Center and columnist for… Continue reading How About Wendy Lecker’s Void Of Intellectual Honesty?

Bridgeport · Students

Bridgeport Board Of Education’s Grudge Against City Has Gone Too Far: BOE Ignores Parent

Over a hundred parents packed Geraldine Johnson School’s auditorium. It was so full the fire marshal was called. And, yet, despite their numbers, school board members didn’t bother to acknowledge their concerns. They even barred the majority of the parents from speaking. Of the dozens of parents that signed up to comment, only fifteen got… Continue reading Bridgeport Board Of Education’s Grudge Against City Has Gone Too Far: BOE Ignores Parent

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In-Fighting Over Open Bridgeport BOE Seat Ends With More Delays

Bridgeport Public Schools is facing a $15.1 million deficit that may result in hundreds of paraprofessionals, home school coordinators and school guidance counselors losing their jobs. There’s talk of massive cuts to transportation and other vital services. Put simply, the district is in crisis. And, yet, instead of focusing on finding resources or parent concerns,… Continue reading In-Fighting Over Open Bridgeport BOE Seat Ends With More Delays

Bridgeport · Reform · Students

Let’s Just Blame the Parents! And Other Ways To Write Off Bridgeport Kids

On Sunday, the Republican American published editor Chris Powell’s response to a recent article on Bassick High School written by reporter Naomi Nix for the website the74million.com which contained an agrument that was so cringeworthy, I couldn’t believe that someone wrote it in earnest. In his commentary, Powell insists that Connecticut’s persistent achievement gap isn’t… Continue reading Let’s Just Blame the Parents! And Other Ways To Write Off Bridgeport Kids

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Hennessey Makes Quiet Exit From Bridgeport School Board

At this point, sudden resignations have become a perennial event for the Bridgeport Board of Education. Since 2014, two members abruptly ended their terms. Former Chair Dave Hennessy will be the third. According to the Connecticut Post, Hennessey handed in his letter of resignation to the city clerk’s office on Tuesday morning, after quietly leaving… Continue reading Hennessey Makes Quiet Exit From Bridgeport School Board

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Are Parents And Students Really Against State Accountability Exams? Connecticut Education Association’s Latest Attempt At Misleading On Testing

Last Thursday, the state’s largest teacher’s union, Connecticut Education Association, published yet another blog post promoting polling data that purportedly illustrations how just about everyone is against state accountability exams. According to the CEA, a recent Gallup poll commissioned by the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) shows that teachers, parents, superintendents and principals overwhelmingly feel that… Continue reading Are Parents And Students Really Against State Accountability Exams? Connecticut Education Association’s Latest Attempt At Misleading On Testing

Bridgeport · Students

University Presidents Call Bridgeport Board Of Education Out Over Dysfunction and Then BOE Promptly Proves Them Right

Last Thursday, the Bridgeport Higher Education Association (BHEA) sent a letter to Commissioner of Education Dianna Wentzel expressing their concerns over the Bridgeport Board of Education’s dysfunctional behavior. In the letter, signed by Fairfield University President Jeffrey Von Arx, Housatonic Community College President Paul Broadie II, University of Bridgeport President Neil Salonen and Sacred Heart… Continue reading University Presidents Call Bridgeport Board Of Education Out Over Dysfunction and Then BOE Promptly Proves Them Right

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Achievement First Parents Speak Out Against Pereira Appointment: “This Is Clearly Not In the Best Interest Of Children”

What exactly does Maria Pereira gain from forcing her way onto Achievement First’s Board of Directors? What are her ulterior motives? These were some of the many questions asked by upset public charter school parents who came out in full force to Bridgeport Board of Education’s Monday night meeting to oppose the appointment of Pereira,… Continue reading Achievement First Parents Speak Out Against Pereira Appointment: “This Is Clearly Not In the Best Interest Of Children”