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
The Open Choice program, which allows students to enter into a lottery for seats at schools outside their home district, was devised by the state as a way to fix racial segregation in schools. The goal of the program is to help kids in places like Hartford, by giving minority students access to high performing… Continue reading The Other Side Of Open Choice: Hartford Mom Speaks Out On Racism Her Sons Faced In Suburban School
Twenty years after Connecticut State Supreme Court ruled that Hartford Public Schools had to immediately desegregate, more than half of all Hartford- area students still go to racially isolated schools — how is it that we haven’t followed through with the promise of Sheff v. O’Neill? Obviously, there aren’t any simple answers to this question: Why hasn’t Connecticut… Continue reading PDK Poll Results Illustrates Exactly Why Hartford’s Desegregation Plan Has Yet To Work
In a recent Op-Ed for Connecticut Viewpoints, the Executive Director of the School Finance Project Katie Roy, points out one glaring flaw in the Democrat budget plan: Its fix for the state’s education funding formula is actually less viable than the current formula! So much so that it would take over fifty years for the… Continue reading Katie Roy: State Democrats Education Formula Would Be Even Less Viable Than Current Plan
Last Wednesday, Governor Dannel Malloy sat down with the New Haven Register’s Editorial Board to discuss the state budget. During the interview he said something enlightening: “I think the legislature has become fond of giving everyone a veto to the budget. The unions have a veto. The local governments have a veto. The hospitals have… Continue reading Gov. Malloy Says Everyone Has a Veto On The Budget? What About Parents & Taxpayers?
Students go back to school in two weeks and state leaders still haven’t figured out how to pass a budget — the uncertainty means that districts have no idea how to plan for the schools year. On Friday things got even more dire. Gov. Dannel Malloy announced a new executive order, amending his previous order,… Continue reading This Isn’t A “Robin hood” Budget: Poorest Districts Saved From Some Education Cuts, But Will Still Be Hit
One thing I’ve learned from spending the past four years blogging about education: Comments sections can be caustic, but they’re also telling. As much as we’d like to tune them out, and maybe some times we ought to, sometimes there can be nuggets of truth that smack you in the face. Perhaps this is a… Continue reading Parents Drop Truth Bomb On Why Anti-Reform Advocates Are Wrong About NAACP Report
Wanted to share with my readers Gwen Samuel’s latest, where she reflects on what it’s like being a black mom, advocating for parent choice — thought it could be helpful for others in the struggle. Gwen is a Meriden mom, whose been fighting for kids since 2010 when she lead the charge for the state… Continue reading Gwen Samuel Reflects On Her Struggle Being A Black Parent Advocate: Demanding Parent Choice Is Not That Simple When Dealing With Real Life
This week Sheff v. O’Neil, the state’s seminal school desegregation case, was back in court — and the judge’s ruling doesn’t look good for students on the waiting lists in Hartford. Superior Court Judge Marshall Berger ruled this week not to allow the state to fill empty magnet schools seats with Hartford students — The Connecticut Mirror… Continue reading Sheff Judge Rules State Can’t Fill Empty Magnet Seats: Now What?
Connecticut’s parent trigger law, passed in 2010, was supposed to empower parents — but if what’s going on at Bassick High School in Bridgeport is any indication the law isn’t working the way it should. Last week, it was announced that Bassick is getting a new principal. The tenth in less than a decade and… Continue reading Bassick HS Principal Decision: Is This What Happens When AFT Connecticut “Defuses” Parent Trigger?