Parents and students across the state can rest assured that their children’s’ schools will not be defunded. On Wednesday night, mere minutes before the close of the legislative session, Senate Democrats were able to break a Republican filibuster and pass a two-year budget plan that retains funding for new charter schools seats – including the… Continue reading State Assembly Saves Hundreds of New Charter Schools Seats
Facing resistance from both sides of the aisle, Gov. Dannel Malloy did what many politicians often don’t – he upheld his promises. Instead of folding under pressure, Malloy remained the driving force behind ensuring that funding for the expansion of charter school seats made it into the final budget deal before it went back to… Continue reading Let’s Hear It For Gov. Malloy Keeping His Promise to Connecticut Children
Isn’t it the duty of state legislators to listen to the concerns of their constituents? You would think so, but apparently such is not the case in Connecticut, where, according to the Connecticut Mirror, certain “prominent” state legislators had the gall to say they were “annoyed” by emails sent to them by parents and charter… Continue reading State Legislators Tune Out Constituents When It Comes to Charter Funding
Chanting the words “parent power,” more than 1,500 parents, students and advocates — including several hundred from Bridgeport – flooded the steps of the State Capitol on Thursday afternoon, demanding that state legislators reverse cuts to charter school funding. “We here together because of an urgent truth,” said Christopher Mercer, a parent of two children… Continue reading More Than A Thousand Parents and Students Rally Against Cuts To Charters
Thousands of parents and students are expected to descend on the State Capitol’s North Steps tomorrow afternoon, rallying against cuts that could defund hundreds of new charter school seats. The rally to “Save Our Schools” is set for Thursday, May 7 at 4:30 and is being organized by the Coalition For Every Child. If you’re… Continue reading Tomorrow Thousands of Parents Will Rally In Hartford Against Cuts to Charter Schools
When the two largest teachers unions in the state are bankrolling more than a third of the members on the state legislature’s Appropriations Committee it’s no wonder that kids lose out. This is the sad reality in Connecticut, where, on Monday, the General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee advanced a biennial budget plan that would strip $20.9 million… Continue reading Did the Teacher’s Union Pay Off Legislators to Vote Against Connecticut Families?
Here’s a great question for members of the Appropriations Committee: If a school has broad community support, why would you defund it? Despite the fact that more than 325 families have applied to Capital Prep Harbor School over the past month, this is exactly what might happen. Capital Prep Harbor, which is set to open… Continue reading Bridgeport Kids Stuck in Limbo: Funding For New School Maybe Be At Risk
The Bridgeport Board of Education took a non-committal route at last night’s board meeting, neither voting on suing over state charter schools nor indicating whether future attempts to block them were off the table. While there is still a lot of uncertainty looming, the board has decided not to pursue a lawsuit against the state… Continue reading Bridgeport BOE Leaves the Door Open for More Wasteful Lawsuits
Let’s set the record straight. Charter schools do not funnel money away from local school districts. That is state law. In fact, state law allows districts like Bridgeport to collect money for students who attend charters, meaning they are paid to educate students they do not educate. That is enshrined in statute. Bridgeport BOE Chairwoman… Continue reading Is Bridgeport’s Chair Baraka Ignorant of the Laws Governing Charter Schools?
It appears my suspicions might be right! The Bridgeport Board of Education cancelled Monday evening’s Facilities Committee Meeting, and replaced it with a Special Board meeting to discuss “possible action” on the state Board of Education’s approval of two new charter schools in Bridgeport. The “possible action” referred to on the agenda remains unknown, but… Continue reading Will the Bridgeport BOE Vote on Legal Action Against State Board?