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Baraka Continues to Threaten Security Merger Despite Promising Results

If principals feel schools are safer and if fewer students are being arrested – wouldn’t it stand to reason that the security program is doing something right? Or, at least moving in the right direction? Apparently not to Sauda Baraka. During last Tuesday night’s Bridgeport Board of Education meeting, the former board chair once again… Continue reading Baraka Continues to Threaten Security Merger Despite Promising Results

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Mayor Finch Commits to Fully Funding the MBR in Cash; Baraka and Gardner Still Not Happy

If it wasn’t already obvious, Bridgeport Board of Education members Sauda Baraka and Howard Gardner made it astoundingly clear that they are more concerned with political showmanship then what’s best for the children of Bridgeport. Though neither are members of the Bridgeport Board of Education’s Finance Committee, the pair spent the greater part of Monday… Continue reading Mayor Finch Commits to Fully Funding the MBR in Cash; Baraka and Gardner Still Not Happy

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A Victory for Bridgeport Parents! BOE Finally Cuts Ties with Abusive DPAC Executive Board

After months – if not years – of parents being disenfranchised, the Bridgeport Board Education finally made the decision to cut ties with the current District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) leadership. The motion, which was approved, 6-2, replaces the current DPAC with a new one made up of school PAC (SPAC) presidents, a transition that… Continue reading A Victory for Bridgeport Parents! BOE Finally Cuts Ties with Abusive DPAC Executive Board

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Bridgeport BOE Extends Superintendent Rabinowitz’s Contract & Suspends Search For Permanent Superintendent

After an hour and a half executive session, the Bridgeport Board of Education voted 7-2 to extend Superintendent Fran Rabinowitz’s contract till June 2016. This decision comes after the BOE spent weeks discussing search firm proposals – an effort that will now be suspended. Just in case you were counting, this is the second time… Continue reading Bridgeport BOE Extends Superintendent Rabinowitz’s Contract & Suspends Search For Permanent Superintendent

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State DEEP Draft Decision Deems Harding’s Remediation Safe for New 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

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Get Ready for Lots of Lawsuits, Bridgeport!

Apparently, when it comes to attorneys, money is no object for the Bridgeport Board of Education. At Thursday’s special meeting, the board unanimously voted (barring Rev. Kenneth Moales, who had already left) to approve a three-year contract with Shipman & Goodwin, arguably one of the most expensive education law firms in the state. You’d think… Continue reading Get Ready for Lots of Lawsuits, Bridgeport!

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*UPDATE: Will The Board of Education End The Facilities Merger?

*Update: No vote was taken on whether to end the merger with city facilities. Review of the merger was pushed back to next facilities committee meeting, meaning an end to the merger is still on the table.   It appears the Bridgeport Board of Education’s crusade to end all things put in place during the… Continue reading *UPDATE: Will The Board of Education End The Facilities Merger?

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Majority Board Members Attempt to Silence Minority Party on the School Board

Let’s be honest, as far as the Working Families Party-controlled school board is concerned, former Board Chair Rev. Kenneth Moales’ greatest sin is being too outspoken. That’s precisely why the board voted 6-1 at Tuesday night’s meeting in favor of asking City Attorney Mark Anasazi to look into whether Moales’ connection to the Kingdom Little… Continue reading Majority Board Members Attempt to Silence Minority Party on the School Board

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Lopez’s Top Priority is Certainly Not Bridgeport’s Kids

Activist judge Carmen Lopez wrote recently that a “third-party candidate might be just what Connecticut needs,” proving once again that the best interest of Bridgeport’s kids is not anywhere near her top priority. Bridgeport, you see, has a problem. Only two out of every 10 3rd graders who speak English as a second language can… Continue reading Lopez’s Top Priority is Certainly Not Bridgeport’s Kids

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What is the Bridgeport BOE Hiding? Parents STILL Waiting For Past Due FOIA Request

It’s now been over a month and still the Bridgeport Board of Education refuses to comply with Connecticut’s Freedom of Information Act. For a group of people who make it a point to remind everyone they’re the “elected board,” their lack of transparency is astounding. Only one member, freshman Republican Joe Larcheveque, responded to a… Continue reading What is the Bridgeport BOE Hiding? Parents STILL Waiting For Past Due FOIA Request