Surprise, Surprise. After almost an entire summer without one meeting, the Bridgeport Board of Education’s Facilities committee has decided it’s about time they stop holding up building projects. This impromptu meeting, which was added to the board’s schedule yesterday, will be held tonight at 5:30, in City Hall Room 305, 45 Lyons Terrace. On tonight’s… Continue reading Board Facilities Meet to Discuss Bassick Roof
With only two weeks left till schools starts, Dunbar’s turnaround committee chose Cooperative Education Services (CES) to replace Families Urban Schools of Excellence (FUSE) as the school’s new Commissioner’s Network partner. A strange, though not unexpected choice. CES was the only organization mentioned in a joint statement released by the state Department of Education and… Continue reading Dunbar Turnaround Committee Approves New Partnership with CES
Superintendent Fran Rabinowitz told parents and community members, “We will not miss a beat,” assuring the crowd at a forum Thursday night that Dunbar School will continue to move forward. Rabinowitz has decided to maintain as much as possible of the school’s existing staff and direction, a decision for which she should be applauded. Dunbar… Continue reading What Will the Future Bring For Dunbar School?
Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor recommended that Dunbar School in Bridgeport end its partnership with Family Urban School of Excellence during today’s state Board of Education meeting. According to Pryor, this decision, which will be presented to the Bridgeport Board of Education during Thursday’s night’s special meeting, was made in consultation with Superintendent Fran Rabinowitz. A… Continue reading Pryor and Rabinowitz Recommend Dunbar School End Partnership with FUSE
Let me get this straight: Even though Dunbar has seen substantial gains over the past year, including a lower suspension and higher attendance rates, the school’s fate still hangs in the balance? In other words, the state and the board could possibly punish children for the actions of one adult. On Monday, the State Board… Continue reading Dunbar School’s Fate Still Hangs in the Balance
The State Board of Education has called a special meeting for Monday to discuss, perhaps, the fate of Dunbar Elementary School, among other items of interest. Whatever board members discuss and decide what matters most is that the incredible progress made over the last year at Dunbar is reinforced and built upon. There’s been a… Continue reading Connecticut State Board of Education Should Keep Children at Forefront
Jumoke Academy at Dunbar’s eighth grade valedictorian, Gary Predestine, opened his speech by reflecting on all the changes made over the past year. He spoke of the “fighting and hatred” he experienced in the halls of Dunbar in years past to the hundreds of parents and family members who packed the school’s auditorium… Continue reading A Year in Review: How Much Has Changed at Dunbar?
Bridgeport’s court of public opinion has spoken. Dozens of teachers, parents, students and community leaders — including some unexpected supporters — came out to Monday night’s board meeting to express the significant improvements they have seen at Dunbar over the past year, since the school partnered with Family Urban Schools of Excellence (FUSE). But, in… Continue reading Bridgeport Community Came Out in Support of FUSE’s Success at Dunbar
Riddle me this: Why are a few bad decisions made half a lifetime ago still relevant in a story about a man who has devoted his life to improving education for the kids who need it most? That’s what puzzled me about the Hartford Courant’s latest piece about Michael Sharpe who, as it turns out,… Continue reading For Connecticut Kids, Academic Success is What Matters Most
One glance at Jon Pelto’s blog would reveal a serious, almost obsessive, vendetta against Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor. His recent series of “reports” on Hartford’s Clark School turnaround committee makes it clear, Pelto does not care who gets caught in the cross-fire of his sensationalist scandal-mongering — even if those in the cross-hairs are children… Continue reading Pelto’s Imaginary Controversy Might Come at High Cost to Clark Students