Bridgeport · In the State · New Haven

Connecticut Clergy To General Assembly: It’s Time To Fix Broken School Funding System

On Monday afternoon, a group pastors gathered on the steps of Grace Baptist Church in Norwalk, calling on Connecticut’s General Assembly to take immediate action to fix the state’s broken school funding system. “I implore each citizen of Connecticut to rise up,” said the Rev. Carl McCluster of Shiloh Baptist Church in Bridgeport. “Not against the fair… Continue reading Connecticut Clergy To General Assembly: It’s Time To Fix Broken School Funding System

Bridgeport · Students

Over 3,000 Bridgeport Parents and Activists March For School Funding Fairness

Yesterday, in front of a crowd of nearly 3,300 people stationed behind the Fairfield County Superior Courthouse, Bridge Academy Charter School Junior Taylor Riley asked an important, yet heartbreaking question: “Why am I worth less?” “Why do public charter schools receive less funding per student than other public schools do?” This is the very question… Continue reading Over 3,000 Bridgeport Parents and Activists March For School Funding Fairness

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UPDATE: Gomes’ Lobbyist Money Only Lawful by Technicality

Working Families Party Candidate for State Senate Edwin Gomes’ campaign finance filing reads like a ‘who’s who’ of union lobbyists. As reported in an earlier blog post, according to Gomes’ campaign finance filing, his top donors include Connecticut Education Association’s (CEA) Executive Director Mark Waxenberg and Connecticut Federation of Teacher’s Melodie Peters, as well as… Continue reading UPDATE: Gomes’ Lobbyist Money Only Lawful by Technicality

Bridgeport · Students

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

Bridgeport · Students

Baraka Defends Personal Attack on a Fellow Board Member

  According to Bridgeport’s Working Families Party-controlled Board of Education, rules only apply to some. At Monday night’s board meeting, in clear violation of their bylaws, Working Families Party-allied activist Clyde Nicholson was allowed to take personal pot-shots at former Board Chairman Rev. Kenneth Moales. According to the board’s bylaws, “No individual or group [shall]… Continue reading Baraka Defends Personal Attack on a Fellow Board Member

Budgets

Did Bridgeport’s Union Negotiate a 9 Percent Pay Hike?

Superintendent Paul Vallas provided a few precious details on the so-far-undisclosed teachers’ union contract at last night’s Board of Education meeting. The Working Families Party-led Board of Education approved the district’s new contract with the Bridgeport Education Association two weeks ago; however, the contract has not been released to the public or ratified by union… Continue reading Did Bridgeport’s Union Negotiate a 9 Percent Pay Hike?

Reform · Students

Bridgeport BOE to Decide on School Turnaround Committee Representatives

The Bridgeport Board of Education’s Community Engagement Committee will meet at Luis Munoz Marin School on Wednesday and Bryant School on Thursday at 6pm to decide on parent and administrative representatives for both schools’ turnaround committees. Marin and Bryant Schools were invited by the State Department of Education to establish turnaround committees and develop turnaround… Continue reading Bridgeport BOE to Decide on School Turnaround Committee Representatives

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Does 35 Years of Service Absolve You? A Look at the Perez- Dickson Decision

The minority board members—in this case: Herman Illingworth, Leticia Colon and Thomas Mulligan—were “shocked, appalled and devastated” by the majority’s decision to allow Tisdale Principal Carmen Perez-Dickson to continue with the district. [“We are Shocked,” 10/31/2013] Last Wednesday, after over six hours of deliberation, the board decided to suspend, rather than terminate, Perez-Dickson. Perez-Dickson was… Continue reading Does 35 Years of Service Absolve You? A Look at the Perez- Dickson Decision

Bridgeport · Students

Bridgeport School Board Meeting Ends on Time

For Bridgeport’s Board of Education, ending a school board meeting on time is a historic event. Generally meetings run at least an hour over the time allotted; however, Monday’s board meeting was shorter and quieter than usual— most likely due to the absence of three of the board’s more outspoken members. Board Chair Reverend Kenneth… Continue reading Bridgeport School Board Meeting Ends on Time

Bridgeport · Students

Ms. Dickson Termination Hearing Continues

Unbelievable! That is the first word that came to mind while listening to Dr. Kase’s testimony describing how Carmen Perez-Dickson, Principal of Tisdale Elementary, allegedly picked up a child like a “Thanksgiving turkey.” Dr. Sandra Kase, the district’s chief administrative officer, was not an eyewitness to incident, and  was only made aware of the alleged… Continue reading Ms. Dickson Termination Hearing Continues