It appears the challenger slate might be in hot water with the state’s Election Enforcement Commission. According to a press-release sent out Wednesday, the endorsed candidates’ campaign will be filing a complaint against the challenger slate (Andre Baker, Dave Hennessey, and Howard Gardner) for “inappropriate coordination” with the Connecticut Education Association’s PAC. The Connecticut Education… Continue reading Challenger slate’s close ties to teacher-union questioned
In May of 2011, there was talk of closing the Paul Laurence Dunbar School in Bridgeport’s East End. Now, two years later, the failing school will be given a second chance. At Monday’s Board of Education meeting, the memorandum of understanding between the district and Jumoke Academy Inc., was approved by a 7-1vote. Maria Pereira… Continue reading BOE Approves Jumoke Academy at Dunbar
About a year ago, Superintendent Paul Vallas announced that he wanted to start a middle school sports program. This year, over 600 middle school students had the opportunity to participate in a sports program for the first time in over a decade. The newly expanded program now includes soccer, football, volleyball, basketball, baseball and softball.… Continue reading Chris Elsberry: “Middle schoolers from Bridgeport jump into athletics”
Unbelievable! That is the first word that came to mind while listening to Dr. Kase’s testimony describing how Carmen Perez-Dickson, Principal of Tisdale Elementary, allegedly picked up a child like a “Thanksgiving turkey.” Dr. Sandra Kase, the district’s chief administrative officer, was not an eyewitness to incident, and was only made aware of the alleged… Continue reading Ms. Dickson Termination Hearing Continues
Two days ago, Jon Pelto posted an article bashing Superintendent Paul Vallas, using the recently released CMT scores as evidence of the superintendent’s ineffectiveness. What I find interesting is that Pelto only offers 4th and 6th grade test results as evidence. I wonder why? Perhaps it’s because the CMT scores for the 7th and 8th… Continue reading “Education Blogger” Jon Pelto Flunks Credibility Test
Yesterday’s special board meeting was low key compared to the past few—No one was escorted out by police and there was little screaming. But, it wouldn’t be Bridgeport without some conflict. Among the most contentious subjects was Fairchild Wheeler’s lab coat policy. Yes, the school board argued for about 25 minutes over lab coats and… Continue reading Lab Coats and Unidentifiable Sources?
Three days ago, Washington Post writer Valeria Strauss featured an article on her blog written by fellow education blogger and former high school teacher/superintendent/professor of education, Larry Cuban. Cuban’s article, entitled The problem with the Paul Vallas brand of school reform, argues that reformers like Paul Vallas push reform policy too quickly and then leave… Continue reading That’s a pretty long sprint — commentary on “the Problem with Paul Vallas’ brand of school reform”
A must-read editorial by the Bridgeport Regional Business Council, discusses some of the progress Bridgeport schools have made over the past year, including closing the $13 million dollar funding gap and improving classroom resources: The Bridgeport Regional Business Council has spent a great deal of time over the last few years and invested substantial dollars,… Continue reading Bridgeport Regional Business Council: ‘Bridgeport Schools Need to Maintain Continuity’
The past few weeks have seen a Bridgeport fiercely divided over the fate of its school system, which, at the moment, is uncertain. In her 27-page decision, Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis ruled that Paul Vallas be removed from his post as Superintendent of Bridgeport schools, a decision which came shortly after the Bridgeport School… Continue reading Verdict in Vallas Case Leaves Bridgeport Divided
Education Bridgeport! is my attempt to publish an unvarnished look at what is happening in Bridgeport schools right now. I want to look at the heroes (and villains?), the issues, the challenges and successes occurring here in Bridgeport. I’m just a 20-something with a political background, time on my hands and a keen interest in… Continue reading About Education Bridgeport and me!