You may have noticed Education Bridgeport.com has been relatively quiet recently. That’s because I’ve decided to make a change.
After over three years of blogging almost entirely about Bridgeport schools, I have decided to broaden the scope of my site. I will continue my work through a new site which is launching today: EducationConnecticut.org.
Right now, is a critical moment for Connecticut. With the impending Martinez v. Malloy lawsuit and recent groundbreaking CCJEF v. Rell decision about to go through the appeals process, I thought it was imperative to shift focus.
When I began Education Bridgeport, in 2013, I wasn’t sure where I was going with it. I just knew I had to do something.
Shortly after moving to Connecticut, I quickly discovered that I had moved to one of the wealthiest states in the country, yet many Bridgeport students were being denied their right to an equitable education. All you have to do is look at the statistics to see that something’s wrong. Yet, Bridgeport’s embattled school board seemed more focused on politics rather than on what was going on in classrooms.
So, I put my experience in politics and writing to work. I started a blog in an attempt to shed light on what was really going on.
Over the course of the last three years what I realized is this wasn’t a problem that only affects Bridgeport students. While local issues may vary, kids in urban districts across Connecticut are facing the same systemic inequity.
By widening the scope of my blog, I’d like to build bridges between communities.
“There is power in unity and there is power in numbers” — Martin Luther King Jr spoke these wise words in 1963, during what is now known as his “Keep moving” speech. These words were true then, and they are true now. If you want to effect change, we have to do it together.
Through this new site, I hope to help empower parents and activists across the state, by becoming a hub for change. Through interviews, guest posts, fact-checks and investigative pieces, this blog looks to amplify their voices, while also providing a resource for information.
I hope that you (my readers) will continue to support my work as I embark on this new endeavor.