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Connecticut Education Association’s Fear Mongering Over Commissioner Network Bill Has Nothing To Do With “Protecting” Parents’ Rights

Let’s get one thing straight: The current Commissioner’s Network process is hardly democratic, and in practice, the resulting plans are rarely representative of the broader community. It’s almost laughable that the Connecticut Education Association (CEA), is now claiming that their opposition to Senate Bill 5551, which reforms the Commissioner’s Network, is about “protecting the rights”… Continue reading Connecticut Education Association’s Fear Mongering Over Commissioner Network Bill Has Nothing To Do With “Protecting” Parents’ Rights

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Bridgeport’s Dysfunctional Special Education Spending: The City and It’s Students Can’t Afford It

On Monday night, new Bridgeport Board of Education Chair attorney Dennis Bradley said that the BOE had “ some serious decisions to make” – a wakeup call for everyone at the meeting. As it turns out the district is in significant financial turmoil. According to the district’s most recent Financial Conditions Report published in December,… Continue reading Bridgeport’s Dysfunctional Special Education Spending: The City and It’s Students Can’t Afford It

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Bridgeport BOE Continues to Violate State FOI Law; Descend Into Dysfunction

What’s going to be discussed at tonight’s Bridgeport Board of Education Meeting? It’s a mystery — but it shouldn’t be. In direct violation of the state’s Freedom of Information law, no agenda was posted on the district’s website for tonight’s regular meeting. State law is clear: “The agenda of the regular meetings of every public… Continue reading Bridgeport BOE Continues to Violate State FOI Law; Descend Into Dysfunction

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Bridgeport BOE Considering Lawsuit Against State; City

Once again, the Bridgeport Board of Education wants to ligate away their problems. At last night’s board meeting, following the announcement that the district is facing a more than $2.5 million budget gap, newly appointed BOE member Kate Rivera made a motion to “explore suing the state and the city to fully fund our schools.”… Continue reading Bridgeport BOE Considering Lawsuit Against State; City

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Bridgeport Schools Facing $2.5 Million Deficit

The Bridgeport Board of Education received bad news at last night’s Finance Committee meeting: The district might be facing more than a $2.5 million budget gap. According to Marlene Siegel, “due to a number of factors it could grow,” and the district’s “target for budget savings” is actually closer to $3.5 million. Back in 2010,… Continue reading Bridgeport Schools Facing $2.5 Million Deficit

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Two Petitioning Candidates Make It To BOE Ballot; Third Place Tied

Two petitioning candidates, Ben Walker and Dennis Bradley, won a spot on the ballot for a Bridgeport Board of Education seat Wednesday night – though the final spot is yet to be determined. According to the Connecticut Post, Faith Harrison-Villegas and former BOE member Maria Pereira are tied for third place with 5,609 votes each… Continue reading Two Petitioning Candidates Make It To BOE Ballot; Third Place Tied

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Working Families Party Snubs Pereira For BOE Endorsement

According to the Connecticut Post’s Linda Lambeck, the Connecticut Working Families party announced their Bridgeport BOE endorsements on Thursday, and Maria Pereira is conspicuously missing from their slate. This omission speaks volumes: Not too long ago Pereira held the title of Bridgeport Working Families Party Chair and won her previous term on the BOE in… Continue reading Working Families Party Snubs Pereira For BOE Endorsement

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SIX BOE Members Respond to Gardner’s Temper Tantrum Over Bassick Principal Pick

Whose job is it to run the day-to-day operations of a school district? You’d think this would be a no-brainer for the Bridgeport Board of Education – but incredibility, this question has caused mounting internal strife amongst members. What started as a conflict between Superintendent Fran Rabinowitz and the Bassick High School’s School Governance Council… Continue reading SIX BOE Members Respond to Gardner’s Temper Tantrum Over Bassick Principal Pick

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How Can a Bridgeport BOE Committee Spend Money Without A Vote?

The Jettie S. Tisdale community will be happy to hear that last Monday the Bridgeport Board of Education voted 6-0 to “suspend any further work or discussion” of an Memorandum of Understanding that would have placed a public library in their school. However, Bridgeport residents will be less than thrilled to hear that despite the… Continue reading How Can a Bridgeport BOE Committee Spend Money Without A Vote?

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Sauda Baraka and BOE Tries to Push Plan To Open Public Library at Tisdale by Silencing Parents

To literally no one’s surprise, members of the Bridgeport Board of Education have once again shown their hypocrisy. Not a year ago, former BOE chairwoman Sauda Baraka was claiming that parents should have an opportunity to speak in school board committee meetings. Now? She is silencing them. Of course, last year she was standing up… Continue reading Sauda Baraka and BOE Tries to Push Plan To Open Public Library at Tisdale by Silencing Parents