The challenger slate, Howard Gardner, Dave Hennessey and Andre Baker, won Tuesday’s Democratic primary in a landslide. Many, including the Connecticut Post, are calling this victory proof of a growing anti-Vallas, anti-Finch consensus. I’m not certain we can assume that much, considering turnout was an anemic 11-12%. Most likely, Tuesday was the result of a… Continue reading If Elected, Would Garner, Hennessey and Baker Oust Vallas Before Year’s End?
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
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”