When it comes to the debate on charter schools, in Connecticut or otherwise, flawed arguments are plentiful Opponents of reform often parrot off misleading talking points — see Randi Weingarten’s recent absurd claim that school choice is rooted in segregation — but Connecticut blogger, Ann Cronin takes it a step further. Not in magnitude, but certainly quantity. Somehow,… Continue reading Everything Wrong With Ann Cronin’s Recent Blog Post On The Expansion Of Charter School Seats In Bridgeport
Gwen Samuel, a Meriden mom and the founder of the Connecticut Parents Union, shares her story, explaining why she can’t be brought by either side of the education debate: Shirley Chisholm said “There is little place in the political scheme of things for an independent, creative personality, for a fighter. Anyone who takes that role must… Continue reading Parent Warrior Gwen Samuel Shares Why She Can’t Be Bought: “Our Children Really Need Us To Step Up And Protect Them”
Despite the recent backlash against Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher’s ruling, it turns out the majority of Connecticut voters agree with his decision. According to a poll released yesterday by the Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now (ConnCAN), two-thirds (68%) of Connecticut voters support the intentions of Moukawsher’s decision. This might come as a bit of… Continue reading Poll Shows Majority Of Connecticut Voters Want Legislature To Act On CCJEF Decision
This Sunday, while on Face the State with Dennis House, long shot third party gubernatorial candidate Jon Pelto said something so hypocritical I couldn’t believe my ears. He told House that he believed that “democracy is about giving people choices.” Let me repeat that. The same Jon Pelto that has been railing against giving Connecticut’s… Continue reading Jon Pelto Supports Choice… Except When it Comes to Your Children
Yesterday, USA TODAY featured a must-read editorial written by Bill Gates which centered on dangerous myths that have prevented “progress for the poorest.” According to Gates, the Common Core State Standards and other education reform efforts have hit major stumbling blocks because of the proliferation of misinformation and myths. One of the most important revolutions… Continue reading USA TODAY: Bill Gates Dispels Common Myths About The Common Core
“This is not about sides” Families for Excellent Schools organizer and Bridgeport parent, Onte Johnson, explained that Monday’s rally wasn’t about choosing sides; it was about working together “so that we can see our kids go to a better school system.” Bridgeport’s outgoing board was one of divisiveness and dysfunction, however, Johnson sees this new… Continue reading Parents Urge New Board to Work Together
“Education Blogger” Jon Pelto is on the warpath again, and this time his target is Governor Malloy, who he claims has not been truthful about education funding. Pelto, of course, omits facts at whim and chooses instead to speculate rather than provide his readers with sourced information. Pelto claims Malloy has not substantially increased funding… Continue reading On Education Funding… It is “Education Blogger” Jon Pelto Who Misleads
Superintendent Paul Vallas is on his way out and the new board is on its way in. Will reform efforts continue in Bridgeport? Or will the new board scrap improvements made by Vallas? An interesting editorial in The Day Connecticut examines the Working Families Party’s rise to power and goals moving forward. Here is an… Continue reading Editorial: Could the Working Families Party Block Reform?
Last week Andre Baker, Working Families Party and Democratic candidate for Bridgeport’s school board, told the Connecticut Post that he would be willing to work with Superintendent Paul Vallas. [Connecticut Post, 9/12/2013] That may not be the case, according to an article posted on The Atlantic’s website Tuesday. [The Atlantic, 9/17/2013] According to the Working… Continue reading The Atlantic Reveals WFP Looking to Oust Vallas
Are Bridgeport public schools failing our children? Critics of education reform tend to blame poverty and external factors as the main reasons students perform poorly in urban school districts. I do not want to discount poverty as a factor, which is certainly an issue that affects school performance. However, it’s clear that we could be… Continue reading Park City Prep Charter School Model for Success?