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Does 35 Years of Service Absolve You? A Look at the Perez- Dickson Decision

The minority board members—in this case: Herman Illingworth, Leticia Colon and Thomas Mulligan—were “shocked, appalled and devastated” by the majority’s decision to allow Tisdale Principal Carmen Perez-Dickson to continue with the district. [“We are Shocked,” 10/31/2013] Last Wednesday, after over six hours of deliberation, the board decided to suspend, rather than terminate, Perez-Dickson. Perez-Dickson was… Continue reading Does 35 Years of Service Absolve You? A Look at the Perez- Dickson Decision

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Outraged Parents Plan Protest Against Perez-Dickson Decision

The Bridgeport Parents Initiative, a Facebook group started in response to the Perez-Dickson termination hearing, is planning to hold a peaceful demonstration on Monday, November 4th at City Hall at 4pm. The group is calling for PAC presidents at all of the schools and child advocacy groups to attend the event. According to the Connecticut… Continue reading Outraged Parents Plan Protest Against Perez-Dickson Decision

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Perez Dickson Gets Her Job Back, But The Battle Isn’t Over Yet.

Looks like Carmen Perez-Dickson will be back to work… eventually. After over six hours of deliberation on Wednesday, the board decided by a 4-3 vote to suspend Perez-Dickson rather than terminate her employment with the district. Working Families Party members Sauda Baraka and John Bagley, as well as Democrat Bobby Simmons, all voted against termination.… Continue reading Perez Dickson Gets Her Job Back, But The Battle Isn’t Over Yet.

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Will the Board Finally Make a Decision on Perez-Dickson?

Wednesday, October 30th is the final day for the board to come to a decision in the Carmen Perez-Dickson termination hearing… Or, maybe not? According to the agenda, which was posted last night, there will be “discussion and possible action.” Which considering the board’s track record, doesn’t bode well. [Bridgeport Board of Education, 10/29/2013] Originally,… Continue reading Will the Board Finally Make a Decision on Perez-Dickson?

Bridgeport · Students

Board Members Argue Over “Integrity of the Panel”

It’s official! The board has until October 30th to make a decision on Tisdale Principal Carmen Perez-Dickson. The closing of evidentiary portion of the hearing was agreed upon and confirmed at Tuesday’s special board meeting—but not before an angry spat between board members Thomas Mulligan and Bobby Simmons over exhibit 16. The document in question… Continue reading Board Members Argue Over “Integrity of the Panel”

Bridgeport · Students

Carmen Perez-Dickson Termination Hearing: Were the Tapes Doctored?

During Friday’s termination hearing, Tisdale Principal Carmen Perez-Dickson claimed she thought the tapes were “doctored.” The three now infamous tapes allegedly show the Tisdale Principal “manhandling” two kindergarten students under her care. In order to protect the student’s identities, none of the tapes were released to the public. During Perez-Dickson’s retelling of the February 19th… Continue reading Carmen Perez-Dickson Termination Hearing: Were the Tapes Doctored?

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Carmen Perez-Dickson Takes the Stand

After months of hearings, Jettie S. Tisdale Principal Carmen Perez-Dickson was finally given a chance to tell her side of the story during Friday’s four-hour special board meeting. Perez-Dickson was put on administrative leave back in 2012 after three tapes surfaced which allegedly show her “manhandling” two kindergarten students at Tisdale. During Friday’s hearing, Perez-Dickson… Continue reading Carmen Perez-Dickson Takes the Stand

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BOE Meets to Discuss BEA Contract

Monday night the Board of Education will meet with city officials to discuss upcoming contract negotiations with the teacher’s union. [Board of Education Agenda, 9/26/2013] The Bridgeport Education Association’s (BEA) three-year contract with the district will expire in 2014, and negations are due to begin sometime this fall. Last time around, the teacher‘s union agreed… Continue reading BOE Meets to Discuss BEA Contract

Bridgeport · Reform

Challenger Slate Rejects Mayor Finch’s Olive Branch

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