Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor recommended that Dunbar School in Bridgeport end its partnership with Family Urban School of Excellence during today’s state Board of Education meeting.
According to Pryor, this decision, which will be presented to the Bridgeport Board of Education during Thursday’s night’s special meeting, was made in consultation with Superintendent Fran Rabinowitz. A joint statement on Dunbar was also released earlier today.
While this is certainly a surprise, there is a silver lining to this news.
Neither the Commissioner nor the Superintendent are suggesting Dunbar end its time on the Commissioner’s Network and want to explore a possible partnership with Cooperative Education Services (CES).
Now it will be up to the Bridgeport board to approve this plan
Originally posted by Linda Lambeck at the Connecticut Post, here is the full statement released by Superintendent Rabinowitz and Commissioner Pryor:
“Bridgeport Interim Superintendent Frances Rabinowitz stated that she intends to terminate the district’s partnership with FUSE and will present the plan to the local board of education on Thursday evening. Under the provisions of the MOU, the Commissioner of Education must consent to the termination of the agreement between the two parties. Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor has consented to this course of action.
Commissioner Pryor and Interim Superintendent Rabinowitz today released the following joint statement regarding the next steps:
“Recent revelations regarding FUSE have given rise to significant concerns regarding the organization’s ability to continue working with Dunbar.
“Teachers, students and parents have demonstrated commendable resolve to turn around Dunbar. They deserve a partner who will be able to provide the attention and support necessary for the work that lies ahead.
“Therefore, we will actively explore a partnership with Cooperative Educational Services (CES) to help support the school’s effort to implement its turnaround plan.”
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