Voter turnout for Tuesday’s election was low across the city. A mere 11.6 percent of registered voters made it to the polls. Black Rock, as usual, saw higher numbers at 26 percent voter turnout. [Moderator’s Report, 11/5/2013] Unendorsed Democrats Andre Baker, David Hennessey and Howard Gardner all received over 3,000 votes in unofficial tallies. The… Continue reading WFP Coalition Wins Control of the School Board
About two weeks ago, Superintendents Paul Vallas began a new series of “State of the Schools” community meetings–much like the ones held shortly after he came to the district. So far, Vallas has been to both Jettie S. Tisdale and Black Rock Schools. The third community meeting will be held at Luis Muñoz Marín School… Continue reading Third “State of the Schools” Meeting Will Also Feature Bully Prevention Presentation
After the endorsed slate lost in the Democratic primary, Mayor Finch offered an olive branch to the victors, inviting them to meet and discuss educational issues. The challenger slate—Dave Hennessey, Howard Gardner and Andre Baker—refused the mayor’s offer. Instead of politely refusing, however, their Working Family Party backers flung baseless accusations about the meeting invitation.… Continue reading Challenger Slate Rejects Mayor Finch’s Olive Branch
On Tuesday, The Atlantic offered a one-sided commentary on Bridgeport’s Board of Education primary election results. The article opens with the statement: “Progressives and unions say a primary in Connecticut last week shows momentum is turning against the corporate-backed charter-school movement.” [The Atlantic, 9/17/2013] Of course, unions and the Working Families Party would promote their… Continue reading My Commentary on The Atlantic’s Coverage of the Bridgeport School Board Election
The challenger slate, Howard Gardner, Dave Hennessey and Andre Baker, won Tuesday’s Democratic primary in a landslide. Many, including the Connecticut Post, are calling this victory proof of a growing anti-Vallas, anti-Finch consensus. I’m not certain we can assume that much, considering turnout was an anemic 11-12%. Most likely, Tuesday was the result of a… Continue reading If Elected, Would Garner, Hennessey and Baker Oust Vallas Before Year’s End?
A public forum featuring all six Board of Education candidates, sponsored by Bridgeport area League of Women Voters and Common Cause in Connecticut was set for Tuesday, 6 P.M. at the Burroughs Center in Black Rock. The event, however, was cancelled by the League of Women Voters after Democratic endorse candidates, Kathryn Roach Bukovsky, Rev. Simon… Continue reading Endorsed candidates not invited to public forum, event cancelled
“It’s all about the children” A statement repeated by Kathryn Bukovsky, Democratic endorsed candidate for Bridgeport’s Board of Education, but also echoed throughout Monday’s Citizens Working for a Better Bridgeport public forum, which featured both city and state candidates for the upcoming September primary and November general elections. The purpose of Monday’s forum was for… Continue reading Public Forum Showcases Bridgeport BOE Candidates