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SIX BOE Members Respond to Gardner’s Temper Tantrum Over Bassick Principal Pick

Whose job is it to run the day-to-day operations of a school district? You’d think this would be a no-brainer for the Bridgeport Board of Education – but incredibility, this question has caused mounting internal strife amongst members. What started as a conflict between Superintendent Fran Rabinowitz and the Bassick High School’s School Governance Council… Continue reading SIX BOE Members Respond to Gardner’s Temper Tantrum Over Bassick Principal Pick

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Mayor Finch Announces Launch of Pre-K Enrollment

On Sunday, Mayor Bill Finch announced the launch of pre-K enrollment. According to a press release sent out by the Mayor’s Office, nearly 4,000 free or reduced cost pre-K slots are available across the city, open to Bridgeport children who turn 4 years old by January 1, 2016 and whose family income qualifies. These slots… Continue reading Mayor Finch Announces Launch of Pre-K Enrollment

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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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Bridgeport Awarded $50K By State To Improve Art Education

On the tails of announcing additional grant money for the expansion of pre-k, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced today that Bridgeport will receive an additional $49,952 from the state to help improve arts education–an area in which Bridgeport schools are sorely lacking. “This program expands the way the arts and humanities are taught in schools… Continue reading Bridgeport Awarded $50K By State To Improve Art Education

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New Federal Grant Helps Bridgeport Get Closer to Universal Pre-K

It appears Bridgeport will be a little closer to its goal of universal pre-k. On Wednesday, the US Department of Education announced that Connecticut is to receive $12.5 million in additional grant money next year to help expand access to early childhood education. Bridgeport will be getting the largest portion of that money. Through the… Continue reading New Federal Grant Helps Bridgeport Get Closer to Universal Pre-K

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Bridgeport Parents Join Rally in New Haven to Demand Excellent Schools for All

Wednesday’s rally may have taken place in front of New Haven’s City Hall, but Bridgeport was well represented. According to the rally’s host, the For Every Child coalition, a third of the nearly 6,000 parents, community leaders and elected officials who packed New Haven’s historic green Wednesday morning traveled from the Park City to urge… Continue reading Bridgeport Parents Join Rally in New Haven to Demand Excellent Schools for All

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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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Bridgeport Board of Education Approves Harding High School Expansion

Monday night’s regular board meeting was surprising, and not just because it ended before 9 P.M. In an uncharacteristic move, the Bridgeport Board of Education unanimously approved expanding the enrollment of the new Harding High School without the usual bickering. The building is being increased by about 35 percent to accommodate another 300 students. That’s… Continue reading Bridgeport Board of Education Approves Harding High School Expansion

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Bridgeport To Receive An Additional $360,000 from the State for After-School Programs

Yesterday Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced that $4.7 million in grants will be awarded to cities and town across the state. $3.9 million in grants will go to help fund before and after-schools program. The other $800,000 is set to go to schools’ expanding learning time. Bridgeport’s Lighthouse After-School program, run by the City of… Continue reading Bridgeport To Receive An Additional $360,000 from the State for After-School Programs

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While Pereira Talks About Ethics, Bridgeport BOE Continues to Violate FOIA

“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