As of late, collaboration between charter schools and traditional public schools has been a big topic of discussion in Connecticut — specifically, whether charters are working as the “laboratories for innovation” that they were meant to be (which, in itself, is debatable). The reason for the sudden uptick in focus is pretty obvious. With the governor announcing… Continue reading New Beginnings Family Academy’s Ronelle P. Swagerty Schools Detractors On Charter Innovation
Here’s a question: Is real, meaningful education reform possible within our current system of traditional public schools? If Stamford is any indication, the answer is sadly no. The teachers union there is on the verge of filing a labor dispute over the district’s approval of a Math tutoring program. According to Rob Varnon at the… Continue reading Union Membership Over Tutoring: Stamford Union Considering Grievance Over Tutoring Program
Exciting stuff is happening in Bridgeport tonight. The city’s newest public charter school, Great Oaks, will hold its inaugural blind lottery meeting Monday night at 6 p.m. Despite the Board of Education’s attempts at halting the expansion of charter schools, it’s clear there is great demand. According to a press release sent out by the… Continue reading Bridgeport’s Great Oaks School Holds First Lottery
The Bridgeport Board of Education took a non-committal route at last night’s board meeting, neither voting on suing over state charter schools nor indicating whether future attempts to block them were off the table. While there is still a lot of uncertainty looming, the board has decided not to pursue a lawsuit against the state… Continue reading Bridgeport BOE Leaves the Door Open for More Wasteful Lawsuits
I wanted to share with my readers an upcoming event, which I think will help community members gain some insight on Bridgeport’s newest public charter school. Great Oaks Charter School will be holding an online video chat for parents and community members on June 12th, 2014 at 5pm. One of the school’s founders and the… Continue reading Bridgeport’s Newest Charter Welcomes Community to Online Forum
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
Wendy Lecker, lawyer and sometimes columnist for the Stamford Advocate, must have a serious case of selective hearing. That’s the only way to explain such glaring omissions in her recent article about the State Board of Education’s decision to approve two new charter schools in Bridgeport. True to form, Lecker only acknowledged those who agreed… Continue reading State Board Not Tone-Deaf; Lecker Clearly has Selective Hearing
Let’s set the record straight. Charter schools do not funnel money away from local school districts. That is state law. In fact, state law allows districts like Bridgeport to collect money for students who attend charters, meaning they are paid to educate students they do not educate. That is enshrined in statute. Bridgeport BOE Chairwoman… Continue reading Is Bridgeport’s Chair Baraka Ignorant of the Laws Governing Charter Schools?
It appears my suspicions might be right! The Bridgeport Board of Education cancelled Monday evening’s Facilities Committee Meeting, and replaced it with a Special Board meeting to discuss “possible action” on the state Board of Education’s approval of two new charter schools in Bridgeport. The “possible action” referred to on the agenda remains unknown, but… Continue reading Will the Bridgeport BOE Vote on Legal Action Against State Board?
Bridgeport Board of Education Chairwoman Sauda Baraka is apparently content with watching thousands of students fail. She simply does not care about them, and it’s obvious. How do we know this for sure? Well, it’s not because she uses public Board of Education meetings to rally her shock troops against proposals like Great Oaks and… Continue reading Board Chair Baraka Offers No Solutions, Only Complaints