As of late, there have been a flurry of news stories calling out charter school advocacy groups for spending “unprecedented” amounts of money on lobbying legislators. While I can’t blame journalists for pointing out spending, here’s the issue: These recent attacks on education advocacy organizations and the parents they support omit glaring and important details.… Continue reading What About The Undue Influence of the Teachers Union?
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
The Bridgeport Board of Education continues to violate the Connecticut Freedom of Information Act by dodging information requests filed by Bridgeport parents. Three parents, with the support of education advocacy group Families for Excellent Schools, filed FOI requests with the city on April 11 asking the board to disclose all communication relating to the moratorium… Continue reading Bridgeport Board of Education Still Dodging FOIA Request
Charter school parents gathered in front of Aquaculture School yesterday evening to hold a press conference on their concerns over the district’s possible decision to sue the state over the two new charter approved earlier this year. That is until they were asked to leave school premises. Why? Because they dare be in favor of… Continue reading Bridgeport Parents Forced To Leave School Grounds At BOE Meeting
Bridgeport parents are fighting back! With support from the advocacy group Families for Excellent Schools, parents will be holding a press conference prior to tonight’s Board of Education meeting, at 5pm in front of the Aquaculture School, 60 St. Stephen’s Road, Bridgeport. Parents will be discussing the board’s likely decision to seek legal action against… Continue reading Bridgeport Parents Rally Against Possible Lawsuit
There’s been a lot of talk about the recent Families for Excellent Schools ad campaign, but none of it focuses on the real issue — the fact that Bridgeport’s Board of Education is considering a lawsuit against the state Board of Education to literally block children from receiving a quality education. The real question we… Continue reading Bridgeport BOE Considers Lawsuit To Block Children From Receiving Quality Education
“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