Pereira and Boyle Threaten to Sue Bridgeport BOE; then Refuse to Follow Bylaws

Former board member Maria Pereira and her buddy District Parent Advisory Council Czar/President Tammy Boyle made quite a few threats at Tuesday night’s Bridgeport Board of Education meeting.

Pereira, armed with anti-Finch signage, even went as far as telling the BOE that they’ll be “crucified.”

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How you may ask? Well, as it turns out, Pereira, personally raised the money to retain attorney Norman Pattis on behalf of the District PAC, should the BOE investigate allegations that the PAC has harassed and discriminated against certain parents. 

Norman Pattis is a name long time readers of the blog may remember. He is the very same attorney Pereira’s “mentor” Judge Carmen Lopez used to sue the district over the hiring of Paul Vallas. If you remember, this was the lawsuit that was deemed spurious and unnecessary by the state Supreme Court – another case where taxpayer money that should been spent on students was wasted for purely political reasons.

In this case, Pereira raised thousands of dollars, not for the betterment of Bridgeport children, but to punish parents who don’t agree with her brand of politics. That’s what this all comes down to.

Believe it or not, this wasn’t the only legal threat logged against the BOE at Tuesday’s meeting.

Later on, when Boyle was asked several times to refrain from personal attacks against BOE members during her PAC president’s report, Pereira threatened to sue BOE Chair Dave Hennessey for asking her to stop shouting from the crowd.

After this point, the meeting was eventually paused because Boyle refused to yield to the BOE Chair, and continued to grandstand her political beliefs.

Isn’t the District PAC supposed to be focused on student achievement and encouraging parent involvement?

I’ve asked this question before, but I’m going to ask it again.

How ethical is it for a federally funded parent organization to use its resources to campaign against a political candidate? How about sue a school board for purely political reasons?

Clearly, Pereira and Boyle have no problem with using their power for political ends, even at the cost of disenfranchising other parents.



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