Today, I am extremely honored to announce that I have been elected to the Bridgeport Board of Education. I am eager for the opportunity to represent all parents and students in Bridgeport, and I hope to be an advocate for our community as we move the district forward. In Bridgeport, we are chartering a new… Continue reading Newly Elected Bridgeport BOE Member Jessica Martinez Explains Why She Ran And What She Sees As Her Path Forward
“I said not my city, not my son, not my children, not these children” — these are the words of Bridgeport parent Jessica Martinez, who, last Tuesday morning retold the story of how she became active in the fight for educational equity to a room of over 300 onlookers. Jessica is the lead plaintiff in Martinez… Continue reading One Parent Says On Connecticut’s Broken Education Funding System: “Not My City, Not My Son, Not My Children”
Originally posted on the ConnCAN Blog, this is a guest post from Bridgeport parent Jessica Martinez. Jessica is longtime local education activist and the lead plaintiff in Martinez V. Malloy — a lawsuit currently in the federal courts that challenge the state’s moratorium on magnet schools and charter school cap. —- As a mother in… Continue reading Guest Post: “Parents Must Get Involved In The Fight For Quality Public Education”
“Until those who are in power decide to give some power up, this means absolutely nothing.” State Board of Education Member Erik Clemons is talking about discussions on the state’s funding formula — a hot topic ever since Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher ruled that the way the state doled out education spending was “irrational”… Continue reading Yale Educational Leadership Panel Asks Why Our Funding System Has To Be So Complicated?
It’s really no secret that, in Bridgeport, a seat at one of the city’s six high-performing magnet schools is highly coveted. Last year alone, Bridgeport Public Schools received over 6,700 applications from K-8th-grade students, all vying for a chance at hundreds of open slots. Each year, thousands of parents pack open houses, many applying to… Continue reading Bridgeport and Hartford Parents Make History! File Groundbreaking Equity Lawsuit Against State Of Connecticut
On Monday, during a three and a half hour “community meeting,” Bridgeport Board of Education members proposed a plan to dissolve the current District Parent Advisory Council’s executive board — invalidating thousands of parent’s votes. The District Parent Advisory Council, or DPAC for short, is a districtwide parent-led organization that has existed in Bridgeport for… Continue reading Bridgeport BOE Illustrates What They Mean By “Democracy At Work:” A Group of BOE Members Aim To Dissolve DPAC Leadership Board