Pereira Tries to Create A Wedge Between BOE and City

It’s become apparent that former board member Maria Pereira has been working very hard to drive a wedge between the City of Bridgeport and the Board of Education, by creating an atmosphere of mistrust.

A series of emails obtained this week through a Freedom of Information Act request revealed some very interesting information on the activities of former board member Maria Pereira.

Aside from thinking she runs the place, her emails also demonstrate a level of paranoia that borders on the insane.

In several emails to Superintendent Fran Rabinowitz, Pereira insinuates that Mayor Finch has spies watching and reporting on the superintendent’s every move. I’m not kidding. She literally wrote an email stating she thought the superintendent’s office was bugged.

Here’s an excerpt from the email:

“…I know that you have probably come to realize that your chief of staff is not liked or respected by the vast majority of employees. I am sure you are also aware everything that you are doing, is being reported to Mayor Finch.

If this rumor is true, I truly hope that you will be able to move her into a school somewhere.

I hope I do not sound paranoid, but I would not be surprised if your phones and office is bugged. Quite honestly, they may even be monitoring your email…”

“Big brother is watching,” I guess … or maybe this is just an attempt to make it appear that Finch is out to get the superintendent?

In another email dated March 7, Pereira writes that the superintendent should be “very careful” who she chooses to trust:

On Mar 7, 2014, at 6:11 PM, “Maria Pereira” <[REDACTED]> wrote:


I am looking at the spreadsheets titled ” Proposed New Charter Schools: Fiscal Analysis” by Ms. Seigel. If you look all the way to the right on the GO-BPT line there are no expenses identified for ” SPED Services Cost” and “Proj Loss Title I Funds.” The only column with total figures are ” Total Transp Cost.”However, these columns are filled out for Dr. Perry’s Charter School.

Monday would be great! I am preparing a fact sheet to be distributed at the public hearing and this information is vital.

Hope all is going well for you. Still hearing nothing but great things about you!

Please be very careful with those you choose to trust. Especially those individuals in your immediate office.


Perhaps, the person the superintendent should be “very careful” of is Pereira.

It’s pretty clear what she’s doing here. She’s trying to generate mistrust between city leaders, because it serves her political agenda to have them at odds.

Through the past few years Pereira has made it abundantly clear that she dislikes Finch and wants nothing more than to get rid of him. If she drives a wedge between the city and board, projects like the new Harding High School will never get completed — and Pereira will unfairly blame the mayor.

That wedge also helps Pereira increase her own influence at the superintendent’s office.

This is a dangerous game she’s playing, one that’s certainly isn’t good for Bridgeport or the students for whom she claims to advocate.

No matter what, for the school district to function, they have to work with the city. It does no one any good to force these two entities into a feud.



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