Harding High School graduate Jessica Gonzalez told the Bridgeport Board of Education at their last meeting that she struggled in math. The reason: In her sophomore year, the teacher assigned to her Geometry class resigned and was never replaced. Though Gonzalez lost almost an entire year of math, she is currently studying at Boston… Continue reading How Can Bridgeport Students Learn When They Don’t Have A Teacher?
To say the building of a new Harding on a former industrial site owned by GE has been controversial is an understatement. Even though the proposed site is undergoing a thorough and public vetting process by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, some in the community remain unconvinced that the city, GE or… Continue reading Conspiracy Theorists Abound At Information Session On Harding High School
Yesterday brought some terrific news for the students of Harding High School. The State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) issued a draft stewardship permit to the city, determining that the former GE industrial property, once remediated, would be safe to build the new Harding High School. While this is in no way a… Continue reading State DEEP Draft Decision Deems Harding’s Remediation Safe for New School
After several months without much word, the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) may finally be releasing their notice of determination on the proposed site for the new Harding High School. The construction project has been stuck in limbo since April, partially because construction on the Boston Avenue former GE site cannot begin… Continue reading State Environmental Protection Department To Weigh in on new High School Site
Is there trouble in Paradise? It appears so. According to an email chain recently provided to Education Bridgeport!, Bridgeport Board of Education Facilities Chair John Bagley is none too happy with Superintendent Fran Rabinowitz and Chairwoman Sauda Baraka. So unhappy, in fact, that he sent a 1,000-word tirade on October 7 to the superintendent, which… Continue reading Bagley Feels Left Out, Accuses Superintendent and BOE Chair of Conspiracy
“Can you name someone Principled, Transparent, Ethical?” This was a question posed by Only in Bridgeport’s Lennie Grimaldi earlier this week in a blog post dedicated to a comment made by former board member Maria Pereira. Her original comment was a jab at the lack of ethics and transparency in Bridgeport politics. I find it… Continue reading While Pereira Talks About Ethics, Bridgeport BOE Continues to Violate FOIA
When will Harding students see a new high school? If Chairwoman Sauda Baraka and her cohorts on the board get their way, it won’t be for a very long time. That’s because after months of dragging their feet, the board is now insisting that the plans for the new Harding High School be redesigned, which… Continue reading Harding High School Project Could Be Delayed An Entire Year
I wanted to share with my readers a commentary piece written by Bridgeport Public Facilities Director (and school Facilities Director) Jorge Garcia. Originally published by the Connecticut Post, Garcia goes over the reasons why new school projects help the community, by not only providing students with new opportunities, but also by creating jobs for Bridgeport… Continue reading CT Post: New Schools Create Jobs and Benefit Kids
During the last School Building Committee meeting, School Board Member John Bagley abstained on three consecutive votes, including the replacement of Bassick High School’s roof and the creation of an information website for school construction projects. One has to wonder why? Why abstain from voting on projects that only help children and better inform the… Continue reading Why Did John Bagley Abstain On Three Noncontroversial Issues At The Last SBC Meeting?
In all honesty, the title of this piece should be “The Top Four Ways the Bridgeport Board of Education is Failing Our Kids,” because to limit the list to four seems … disingenuous. Not included on this list are some more pernicious and, dare I say, undemocratic ways the Board of Education has been manipulating… Continue reading Four ways the Bridgeport Board of Education is Failing our Kids